The Educate Me Foundation won the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Award for the best charitable performance in the Arab world, in a ceremony held under the auspices of the League of Arab States, and organized by the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Foundation for Humanitarian Development, in cooperation with the Arab Organization for Administrative Development.
The award ceremony was held in its second round 2019 – 2020, under the slogan “Towards a better future for institutional charitable work in the Arab world”, where 23 charitable institutions won from 11 Arab countries, including six from Egypt, and others from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Tunisia, Palestine, Algeria, Sudan, and Morocco. The award aims to highlight outstanding contributions and experiences in the fields of charitable work in the Arab world.
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The ceremony was attended by Dr. Essam Sharaf, former Egyptian Prime Minister, and Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States for Social Affairs, Ayman Abdel Mawgoud, Assistant Minister of Social Solidarity, Dr. Nasser Al-Hashlan Al-Qahtani Secretary-General of the Arab Administrative Development Organization, and Dr. Issa bin Hassan Al-Ansari, Secretary-General of the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Foundation for Humanitarian Development.
Christine Safwat, Executive Director of Educate Me Foundation, commented: “I feel proud that Educate Me Foundation has received the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Award for the best charitable performance in the Arab world. It is an important award from a reputable institution, and it proves the proficiency of Egyptian organizations to obtain a major regional award”.
“The award is the outcome of years of hard work, and it will help us invest in the development of our current and future project, as we seek to continue expanding our programs in more governorates across Egypt. We will also start working on implementing the community school model, in existing community schools in different governorates, to improve the quality of education that students receive.”
The Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Award aims to raise awareness among charitable institutions, on the importance of excellence in their performance, and to appreciate the institutions that provide effective support to this sector. The award also aims to highlight the significance of human resource development in institutions and the optimum utilization of their potential.
During his speech, Dr. Issa bin Hassan Al-Ansari, Secretary-General of the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd Foundation for Humanitarian Development, spoke about how the Foundation believes that charitable institutions play an important role in the development of societies. Accordingly, the award aims to enrich the spirit of honorable competition among charitable institutions, to positively impact their communities.
This award comes a year after “Educate Me” Foundation received the UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum the Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers, for the schools’ development journey. Educate Me was the first institution in the Arab world to win the award. Moreover, the UNESCO International Bureau of Education published a book in November 2021, titled “Rebuilding a Better Future for Education” that includes Educate Me’s school transformation journey, as a successful educational innovation during COVID-19.
Educate Me Foundation, which first started in 2010, as an initiative to bring dropouts back to school, has succeeded in changing the concept of education in Egypt through an advanced, skills-based, and learner-centered educational model that aims to promote a culture of self-actualization and lifelong learning.