University of the Middle East Project

The University of the Middle East Project (UME) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that for almost ten years has been promoting dialogue among the many cultures of the Middle East and North Africa by connecting teachers from schools across the region and establishing multinational teaching communities. The UME offers several unique programs that allow educators from Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia to meet face-to-face usually for the first time and to collaborate on developing original and innovative lesson plans, classroom activities and teaching practices that incorporate cross-cultural and dialogic approaches.

Together, they explore the roles of identity and inequality in education, in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and mutual respect, promoting regional cooperation. UME’s Central Activities UME’s central activity takes place through its flagship program, the Teacher Education Institute (TEI), which has convened more than 200 high school teachers since 1999, and affects the lives of approximately 4,500 new students annually.

Through the combined teaching of leading theories in education and innovative models of learning, UME’s cutting-edge teacher training focuses on the following points: Enhancing the pedagogical and leadership skills of high school teachers in an inclusive, multicultural, and international environment Increasing intercultural understanding, critical thinking, and dialogue Creating networks of teachers within and across national boundaries Helping teachers implement their acquired skills in their countries Each TEI has annually gathered between 25-30 of the top teachers from the MENA region at Boston College for 4 intensive weeks and approximately 150 hours of instruction and group work. Activities that foster personal and professional development are woven throughout each institute. Beyond coursework, participants engage in visits to American high schools and community-based organizations that focus on youth empowerment and civic engagement. Core topics of instruction during the TEI include the following... Contact us for more information [email protected] !

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