STEM Teacher Education and School Strengthening Activity (STESSA)
Since 2011, the government of Egypt has promoted STEM education as a means to build its students into future leaders capable of solving contemporary problems, advancing innovation, and thinking critically. Currently, the 14 government-run STEM schools offer classes in biology, math, earth science, chemistry, and physics for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students.
The STEM education system is centered on project-based learning, student-centered instruction, the engineering design process, capstone projects, and an integrated STEM curriculum based on Egypt's Grand Challenges. Given Egyptian public schools' long history of lecture-style and facts-based education, the STEM schools represent a completely new model for Egypt.
The objectives of the USAID | STEM Teacher Education and School Strengthening Activity (STESSA) are to:
1) build a strong relationship between STEM teacher education and STEM schools in order to work as a single STEM education system,
2) sustain a high quality STEM teacher education program, and
3) institutionalize the STEM education system.
Throughout the project, USAID | STESSA will work closely with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Egyptian Faculties of Education.
World Education will provide technical expertise in monitoring & evaluation and English language training for the STEM teacher education programs and STEM schools. In addition, World Education will build the capacity of local partners, including the Ministry of Education's STEM unit, National Center For Examination & Educational Evaluation (NCEEE) and the national Education Management Information Systems (EMIS). World Education is a subcontractor to 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education (21PSTEM) on the project.