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A student from the Maadi STEM High School for Girls connects wires using equipment provided by USAID.
A student from the Maadi STEM High School for Girls connects wires using equipment provided by USAID. In addition to purchasing lab equipment, USAID helped to develop the STEM curriculum and provide training for teachers and administrators.
USAID/Julie Fossler

For nearly 40 years, Egypt has made progress in providing access, increasing enrollment, and closing the gender gap in basic education. USAID collaborates with the Government of Egypt in developing a learning environment where teachers inspire, students think critically, and communities participate actively in their schools. USAID support for basic education focuses on improving reading and numeracy skills in primary schools nationwide and introducing a cross-disciplinary, problem solving approach in secondary schools. Support for higher education includes scholarships for undergraduate degrees to Egyptian and U.S. universities, post-graduate degrees in the U.S., and grants for scientific collaboration and exchange between American and Egyptian scientists. To enable Egyptian universities to better equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy, USAID is supporting partnerships between U.S. and Egyptian universities.


USAID partners with Egyptian counterparts to:

  • Improve students’ reading, math, and English language skills in primary schools nationwide.
  • Improve Egypt’s talent pool and its competitiveness by piloting and expanding Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education in secondary schools.
  • Provide undergraduate scholarships to talented, disadvantaged students in fields critical to Egypt’s sustained economic growth.
  • Support workforce development programs that provide training and technical education to prepare Egyptian youth for the changing job market.
  • Establish state-of-the-art, university-based Career Development Centers.
  • Promote high impact scientific collaborations through the U.S.-Egypt Joint Science and Technology Fund, particularly in applied research and technology commercialization.


Basic Education:  Approximately 19 million Egyptian children (roughly 90 percent, nearly half of whom are girls) attend 43,000 public schools.  While primary school enrollment is high and Egypt has reached an acceptable level of first-tier education indicators, Egyptian children are not receiving the quality of education or skills needed to facilitate ongoing learning. The United States supports the scale up of reforms and programs that strengthen the government’s ability to develop the reading, math, and writing skills of primary school students.  The United States has launched a remedial reading program to assist students in upper primary with weak reading skills.  USAID trains school boards so that they can ensure that girls remain in school, and boys do not drop out to supplement family income.  USAID also works with the Ministry of Education to pilot model science high schools that focus on providing gifted students with a strong academic foundation in science and mathematics and innovative application of technology.

Higher Education and Workforce Development:  Youth unemployment exists primarily because many young people lack the foundational education and technical skills necessary to enter the work force. To address this, USAID has provided opportunities for thousands of Egyptians to attend long-term degree or short-term training programs in the U.S., Egypt, and other countries.  The flagship U.S.-Egypt Higher Education Initiative launched in 2015 will promote sustainable partnerships between Egyptian and U.S. universities and community colleges along with the private sector to strengthen higher education programs and enable Egyptian universities to produce a 21st century competitive workforce. The Initiative will also support STEM and MBA scholarships for women to attend U.S. universities as well as hundreds of scholarships to Egyptian universities for underserved and disadvantaged groups.  Finally, the U.S. will support science and technology research by U.S. and Egyptian scientists to address developmental challenges and promote economic growth. 


  • Through a variety of activities, provided nearly 600 scholarships to Egyptian universities for talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and nearly 250 scholarships and fellowships to professionals to study at U.S. universities.
  • Trained 115,000 public school teachers for certification and an additional 80,000 teachers in 16,000 primary schools to improve the reading fluency and comprehension of more than 4.5 million students in grades 1-3 nationwide.
  • Introduced two state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics high schools that provide a strong academic foundation in science and math (STEM) for more than 500 of Egypt’s gifted and talented students.

Last updated: August 17, 2015

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