Cairo, Egypt
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Transforming the lives of underprivileged children through STEM education

The Challenge

At a time when Egyptian schools still rely heavily on traditional learning methods, and students are evaluated based on course retention, Egyptian children are ill-prepared for a fast-changing jobs market that increasingly places a premium on digital and STEM skills. With an estimated 50% of jobs to be lost to automation by 2030, the demand for capabilities in areas such as robotics, engineering and coding has never been greater.


The Organisation

ISTEM transforms the lives of children in poor and slum areas through the development of their computational thinking skills. Offering a hands on approach to learning robotics through weekly after-school classes, students between the ages of 6 and 14 develop an understanding of the core concepts of technology, including input/output systems, interrelation of hardware and software, programming skills and applied engineering designs. Throughout the workshops the students are also given the opportunity to develop soft skills such as teamwork, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. Since its establishment in 2015, iSTEM has trained over 490 children, at an average of 245 each year.


Investment Focus

Alfanar’s support will allow iSTEM to reach and educate a greater number of underprivileged children in Cairo. Our tailored technical support will allow iSTEM to build internal capacity through the development of a coherent theory of change, a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system and the implementation of a three year business plan, with the objective of moving towards a financially sustainable model.