• Boeing and AMIDEAST decode future of learning with launch of new program for young learners in Kuwait

    • Coding for Kids’ ties STEM learning to 2035 Kuwait National Development Plan

    Kuwait, Kuwait City,  November 26, 2018 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] and AMIDEAST announced the launch of a new program entitled, “Coding for Kids”, to teach young learners in Kuwait to code. The program will engage 24 Kuwaiti students between the ages of 8 and 15, teaching them to design and code interactive games, stories, and animations using the multilingual Scratch, a web-based visual programming language.

    With ‘Coding for Kids’, Boeing and AMIDEAST aim to foster innovation and creativity, as well as demonstrate the value of STEM subjects to Kuwaiti youth in line with the 2035 target of Kuwait National Development Plan. By using a technology platform that engages young students, the program will help them build new skill sets to better prepare them for a future in a rapidly changing global environment.

    Using Scratch, the students will be tasked with designing and creating an interactive story to see how coding works and what the end product can look like. By designing interactive stories and collaborating in small groups, the students will have the chance to see how dynamic teams and technology work hand-in-hand. The students will then have the chance to showcase and present their end products.

    “Finding the right solutions to align with our partners in the region is critical,” said Bernard Dunn, President of Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. Launching this program demonstrates Boeing’s alignment with Kuwait’s ambitions for a successful and sustainable economy. According to Dunn, “The dynamism shown by the young is incredible and coding is now a native language for many in the age group we’re targeting. By helping them to harness this language we believe that these young students will be the first of many to pioneer the kind of creative and innovative thinking that will support Kuwait’s ambitions.”

    “AMIDEAST is proud to continue its partnership with Boeing. The Coding for Kids program will provide students with the opportunity to build their cognitive capacity in critical thinking, problem solving and creativity. Thanks to the wonderful support provided by Boeing, these participants will benefit from a unique training initiative that will have a long-term, positive impact on them,” said Samar Khleif, Country Director for AMIDEAST.

    AMIDEAST is a leading American non-profit organization that has been dedicated to expanding international educational and professional training opportunities in the MENA region for over 60 years.

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    About AMIDEAST

    AMIDEAST is a leading American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa. Founded in 1951, AMIDEAST in its early years focused on promoting U.S. study to students in the MENA region and managing U.S. scholarships and exchanges. Today AMIDEAST programs and services touch the lives of half a million individuals a year – improving educational opportunities and quality, strengthening local institutions, and developing language and professional skills critical for success in the global economy.