In Egypt, public education is not always affordable for poor families and insufficient to fully develop children. In 2010, a small group of young Egyptians started a fundraising initiative to reinstate financially underprivileged children in, an underprivileged neighborhood in Giza governorate, back to school. Shortly after, it turned into Educate Me, a non-profit foundation that aspires to redefine education in Egypt through developing and delivering a self-directed learning program for children that empowers them to pursue their dreams.
Educate Me’s has developed the learner-centered skills-based educational model that works on developing children’s knowledge skills and values. The model incorporates ‘global 21st century skills, values extracted from local communities, and standards from the Egyptian national educational system’ together and develops curricula for Children ages 4-12. The model is implemented directly in the form of preschools and primary community schools which Educate Me launched in underprivileged areas in Egypt where this model is tested and perfected and from which best practices are generated for replication on larger scale. Educate Me also builds the capacities of public school teachers through its professional development journey’s carried out in public schools across the country thus spreading our model and best practices on a wider scale.
Schoolchildren are empowered by skills and values they need to not only survive & grow in the 21st century but also to put them on the path towards self-actualization, thus children become:
- Aware of their identities, their beliefs and their desires and conscious of their potentials and limitations.
- Making choices that are aligned with that awareness, maximizing their potential and that of others.
- Taking action to fight for what they want and reflecting on what they have reached in their path towards fulfilling their potential and that of others.
The model was first implemented in Talbeya and later expanded to other schools in Cairo and Giza. In 2015, Educate Me took the first steps towards extending its unique educational model nationwide by establishing a community school as well as growing our teacher training arm to develop teachers in schools & educational facilities around Egypt.
The model received a number of awards; among them are Ashoka Innovation Network Challenge Award, December 2010 and King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement, May 2013.
The Learning Model can be replicated and contextualized in other developing countries in need to build the all-inclusive educational system. Through incorporating 21st century skills, which are applicable to any educational system and needed by every child to be able to cope in today’s global world, with values extracted from local communities and the nation’s own literacy standards.
The model is also entirely belt on local resources and expertise, and is designed to be entirely run and lead by community members making it both cost-effective and sustainable.
Budget: the model is cost effective, relying primarily on resources from local communities, facilitators are hired and trained from communities where we operate, learning materials can be recycle and it only requires a safe and child friendly physical space from classrooms. Accordingly, the biggest cost items are space and human resources.
Address: 385, Ramsees St., Abbaseya, Cairo, Egypt
Contact person: Ms. Noor El-Tahan
Marketing & Partnerships Officer
Phone: (+20) 24677032