Boeing has announced new plans to launch a Stem centre targeting Egyptian youth between the ages of 12 and 16. The new centre will be established in 2019, to enhance teaching and learning in Stem subject areas, which are science, technology, engineering, and math, providing an array of hands-on extracurricular programmes for students, as well as trainings for teachers.
The centre is part of an ongoing outreach strategy by Boeing to prepare Egypt’s future workforce, support the country’s economic ambitions by ensuring students are attracted to Stem fields, and make sure they have the skills needed to succeed in related careers. The Stem centre will serve 12,060 community members through a combination of a hands-on Stem community events, intensive project-based courses, specialised workshops, and stakeholder events for three years.
Boeing is collaborating with World Learning. World Learning is a global education and development-focused non-profit organisation which works through partnering with leading educators and community organisations worldwide to create tailored, project-based Stem workshops and trainings for students and teachers. The Boeing Stem centre will enhance students’ learning through after school classes and camps during weekends, and during summer, and mid-year breaks.
“Many industries, such as aviation, seek excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Boeing diligently looks for partners that will help promote Stem, and we are looking forward to another partnership with World Learning to prepare the pioneers of Egypt’s future,” said Bernie Dunn, president of Boeing Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey.
“Boeing has been a key partner in World Learning’s effort to bring inclusive, experiential Stem education to young people in Egypt, and around the world,” said World Learning’s CEO, Carol Jenkins. “By exposing young people to Stem through fun, and practical experiments, we are connecting Stem skills to real-world issues, and next generation job opportunities. We thank Boeing for opening these possibilities to thousands of Egyptian students, “she added.
Boeing’s long-standing collaboration with World Learning has benefited Egyptian schools in the past. For example, in 2016/17, Boeing and World Learning worked together to support the ministry of education in Stem teaching in public secondary schools across the nation. Boeing worked with World Learning to bring the innovative Curiosity Machine, an engineering focused design programme, to Egypt. Teachers participated with school students to complete practical science and engineering projects, which develop skills such as creative problem-solving and persistence—important skills for future study or work in new fields such as aerospace.