Delivering High-Quality Education and Training a New Generation of Educators


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  • Location: El-Talbeya, Giza, Egypt
  • Alfanar Investee Since: 2014
  • Total Alfanar Investment: £392,059
  • Social Impact: 5,814 lives impacted


The Problem

The Egyptian education system lacks the teachers and funds to provide effective education to all of Egypt's growing population of young people. When children fall through the net of the state education system, there is very little chance for them to be able to join it again. Since 2010, Educate Me has worked in Talbeya, one of Cairo's slums, to try to ensure that the children of this deprived neighbourhood are given a chance at gaining the education that they deserve.


Impact Model

Educate Me employs a learner-centred skill-based teaching approach that builds character and emphasizes self-actualisation alongside the rigorous instruction of traditional curriculum topics. EM builds the following skills – critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, productivity – while instilling the following values – perseverance, honesty, respect, preserving resources, kindness, learning, choice and commitment – in students. Educate Me’s approach is grounded in research, which shows that fostering a growth mindset in children and certain character traits is more likely to lead to adulthood success than academic achievement on its own.

Educate Me has three streams of activity: professional development, preschool, community school. The former focuses on training teachers, especially those educators working in public and semi-public schools, as well as orphanages and NGOs. The preschool and community school run by Educate Me act as “Centres of Excellence”, allowing Educate-Me to test and improve its pedagogical approach and the teacher trainings it develops.  

Alfanar and venture philanthropy mean a commitment to the double bottom line, a commitment to maximising impact while also maximising profits as a means to an end.

Yasmin Helal, Educate-Me


Our Investment Focus

Our Investment Focus: Alfanar’s long-term investment in Educate Me will help them grow their current community school and set up a national teacher training programme to reach over 3,000 public and semi-public school educators through the sale of its courses. Additionally, Alfanar will continue supporting Educate-Me as it further develops its operations and systems to achieve this growth sustainably.  

Income-generating teacher-training programme grew its product offering to include 6 modules, training 5,115 teachers.

This investment is supported by SODIC.

Watch the video below to find out more on our investment in education in Egypt.

I started noticing her behaviour changing with others; she started saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. She became more conversational and vocal about her opinions. Seeing the change in her made me join the [Educate-Me] school and push other parents to enrol their children as well...This is exactly the environment I want for Habiba.

Fatma, Mother of Educate-Me student