Boeing, Amideast, and Morocco’s Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communications have collaborated to launch an innovative STEM program that focuses on environmental sustainability. This program called, STEM for Sustainability Youth Program, will train 60 young men and women, aged 18–25, beginning in April.
Amideast is an American nonprofit organization founded in 1951, and engaged in international education, training, and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa.
The program’s primary goal is to deepen the participants awareness of environmental sustainability. It is designed to provide skills needed to address the associated challenges. The training will be immersive into activities to develop STEM skills, and get problem-based learning focused on local environmental challenges.
The STEM program will also introduce the participants to career opportunities in the STEM fields through classroom presentations. This will be combined with field trips to sites where environmental challenges are being addressed through STEM-based solutions.
The launch took place on March 21 2023 at the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication’s Youth House Ennour in Yaccoub El Mansour, a central suburb of Rabat, where the program will be hosted over the next four months.
The launch ceremony was attended by Boeing’s President for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, Kuljit Ghata-Aura; the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communications, Mustapha Messoudi; U.S. Embassy Morocco’s Economic Counselor, Stephen P. O’Dowd; and Amideast’s Regional Director for Workforce Development and Employability, Jennifer Smith.
The STEM program for environmental sustainability in Morocco builds on a partnership between Amideast and Boeing. The organizations have launched multiple STEM programs in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and the UAE.