Office of the Spokesman
February 10, 2005
U.S. Department of State Award Supports Independent Palestinian Media
The Middle East Partnership Initiative is pleased to announce an award of $675,000 in support of Palestinian independent media and the bi-weekly production and broadcast of a television news magazine. The series, which will be carried on eleven independent networks, will focus on peaceful political participation, social responsibility, and gender equality. Non-profit organization Search for Common Ground will administer the award.
In October, another grant was given to the Educational Testing Service to develop and implement an English as a Second Language curriculum in collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Education and the Arab American University Jenin. University faculty will conduct interviews to select lead teachers and begin to schedule teacher training. An English as a Second Language curriculum is being developed specifically for Palestinian students as a result of this grant.
The Middle East Partnership Initiative is a Presidential initiative that supports political, economic and educational reform efforts in the Middle East and expanded opportunity for all people of the region, especially women and youth. More information can be found at http://MEPI.state.gov.
Released on February 10, 2005