According to the Associated Press, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, whose homemade clock made national news after he was arrested for bringing it to school in Texas, will be moving to the Middle East. The AP reports, Ahmed’s family have accepted an offer for Ahmed to join the Young Innovators Program at the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Ahmed will attend high school and college in Doha, Qatar. Ahmed visited Qatar shortly after his September 14 arrest and his family has not stated when they planned to make the move.
“We are going to move to a place where my kids can study and learn, and all of them being accepted by that country,” Ahmed’s father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed told the Dallas Morning News.
Ahmed’s arrest back in September sparked a huge debate about Islamophobia in the Untied States. Since his wrongful detaining, Ahmed has visited the Facebook headquarters, Google headquarters and this week he visited the White House. At the White House on Monday he attended “Astronomy Night” with the President and the next day he and his family were guests at the U.S. Capitol where he stood alongside California Rep. Mike Honda to raise awareness about racial and ethnic profiling. Many congressmen are calling on the Department of Justice to investigate Ahmed’s detention and arrest.
Good luck to Amhed at his new school!
Read more about Ahmed’s plans over at the AP.