AYVF helps Palestinian students reach for the stars04.04.13 / Kirsten Morel
The Arab Youth Venture Foundation (AYVF), a Dubai-based not-for-profit organisation has announced its support for the Palestinian Science & Technology Entrepreneur Program (S.T.E.P.).
The programme, initiated by Palestine’s, Al Nayzek Organisation for Supportive Education and Scientific Innovation, is funded by the American Consulate General of Jerusalem and supports Palestinian 9th to 11th grade students who have innovative project and research ideas across different fields of applied science, engineering, and technology.
During its inaugural sessions in March, STEP engaged with more than 2,500 students and teachers. Following these sessions, Al Nayzak's scientific team will coach the participating students to enhance their chances of success in S.T.E.P.'s annual national competition and exhibition.
AYVF will provide funding and organizational assistance for winners of the S.T.E.P. competition, enabling them to attend space and engineering schools at NASA centers in the USA. On these programmes, the students will team-up with and exchange ideas with their American and international peers as they work to complete hands-on educational space engineering and design challenges.
Lisa LaBonte, CEO of the Arab Youth Venture Foundation, is full of praise for the aims of the Al Nayzak organisation.
"The creativity, energy, and resolve of Aref Husseini, the visionary who founded the the Al Nayzak organisation a decade ago, long before STEM education in the Arab world was trendy, is to be commended. Al Nayzak’s success extends beyond its borders and the inspiration and technical talents of young, aspiring Palestinian science stars is clear to all who come into contact with them, adding evidence to the bright futures that await.”