“Mostakbaly” the Egyptian Refining Company’s flagship educational support program is announcing the recipients of its third round of teacher scholarships to help train primary and kindergarten public school teachers from the local community at the American University in Cairo (AUC)
The Egyptian Refining Company (ERC), Qalaa Holdings’ c.US$ 4.3 billion greenfield refinery in the Greater Cairo Area of Mostorod, announced today the recipients of its third annual round of Mostakbaly Teacher Scholarships in a ceremony attended by executive leaders at the forefront of Cairo and Qalyubia Governorate, representatives from the Egyptian General Petroleum Company, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Social Solidarity, civil society and Academic organizations.
Now in its third year, ‘Mostakbaly for Teachers,’ gives approximately 30 public school teachers, each year, the opportunity to receive high-level training in early-years education at the American University in Cairo. Including the 2019 round of scholarships, the program has thus far, awarded a total of 96 beneficiaries from Mostorod, El Khesous, Shobra El Kheima and Matarreya. The initiative began in 2017 as part of a broader program developed by ERC to address educational inequalities amongst students and improve the quality of education offered by public schools in its surrounding community.
Prior to the announcement of this year’s scholarships, a roundtable was conducted to showcase success stories from previous ‘Mostakbaly for Teachers’ scholarship recipients highlighting the the trajectory of their skills development post the completion of the program and the positive impact that this has had on their students.
“This highly successful program for teachers, is an innovative way of tackling the skills gap that exists in the often underfunded Egyptian public school system. By training the trainers, we are seeking to achieve a multiplier effect that will, in time, make a significant positive impact on schools in the Mostorod area and hopefully, in the long-term, on the entire country,” said Qalaa Chairman and Founder Dr. Ahmed Heikal.
‘Mostakbaly for Teachers’ focuses on kindergarten and primary school teachers because it was determined that a child’s formative years are the most important as they set the tone for the rest of his or her educational journey. Teachers are selected for the scholarships based on their community service record and their ability to effectively share and transfer their knowledge and experience to their peers and students.
“By sending these teachers to a reputable program like AUC’s “Teaching Early Learners” (CELE), a professional educator and school transformation training program designed specifically for teaching young children in the classroom, at home and within the community, we felt that we could achieve some real qualitative improvements and establish solid foundations for both educators and the students that are transferable,” said ERC Managing Director, Dr. Mohamed Saad.
In addition to ‘Mostakbaly for Teachers’ and ‘Mostakbaly Students,’ which has thus far awarded 51 scholarships to students for undergraduate studies at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Ain Shams University, Zewail University, Nile University and AUC, ERC has been actively working with local communities since 2008. During that time, they have funded the full refurbishment and partial maintenance of 40 pubic schools and established two technical training centers serving more than 3,000 teachers and 185,000 students. They have also funded school supplies, uniforms, and bags for more than 5,092 students and conducted vision testing for 5,662 students and provided eye glasses for those who needed them.
“Mostakbaly for Teachers is not the only thing that we are doing as Qalaa or as ERC to develop skills. In fact, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. We are actually tackling the issue of education on multiple fronts with a holistic view that includes providing graduate scholarships through our Scholarship Foundation (QHSF), as well as undergraduate scholarships and vocational training through our subsidiaries ERC, TAQA Arabia and ASEC Engineering, and providing financial support for the Qalaa Holdings Financial Services Center at AUC. We are extremely proud of the fact that Qalaa Holdings and its subsidiaries’ have been able to reach 32,000 beneficiaries through our human capital development initiatives,” said Ghada Hammouda, Qalaa’s Chief Marketing Officer.
ERC is also running three additional programs that provide support for the local community, particularly women and youth. Tamkeen, which provides both financial and non-financial support to help female entrepreneurs, has already achieved tangible results with 245 beneficiaries of artistic training, 154 beneficiaries of economic empowerment projects and 1,390 beneficiaries of job training. Mashrou3y, a youth empowerment program designed to support new and existing small projects developed by youth, has supported 59 youth start-ups, 1,099 vocational training opportunities, and 3,500 employment opportunities (3,200 directly at ERC and 300 at other projects). Reyada, which was established to encourage youth to volunteer and participate in community initiatives, has thus far trained 100 volunteers on managing social initiatives, 30 of whom are currently directing volunteer groups on their own. Takaful, a special needs support program, aims to integrate special needs children and adults into the community. It has thus far benefitted almost 700 individuals.
ERC delivers on all of Qalaa’s ESG pillars: economic, through the creation of almost 18,000 jobs at peak of construction while acting as a vital import substitution play; environmental, through the drastic reduction of sulfur and CO2 emissions; and social, through the development of a vast network of capacity building and community development initiatives that have become vital to its surrounding communities. ERC has developed local partnerships with six universities and more than 40 youth centers and civil society organizations with support from the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Ministry of Youth. ERC also delivers on five of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the tireless work of a dedicated community development team. For more information on ERC, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bU9YX7ndpA&t=288s.
“ERC is an excellent example of Qalaa’s approach to responsible investing. With each and every investment that we make, we add value to the communities and societies in which we do business sustainably and responsibly, going well beyond financial gain,” said Hammouda. “We are extremely proud of the remarkable work that ERC is doing on the ground in Mostorod and as the refinery ramps up towards full commercial operation later this year, we are certain it will continue to be pioneering in its impact and partnerships.”
ERC is a landmark project for Egypt, having achieved numerous firsts in the industry. Not only is it the largest private sector infrastructure project of its kind, with non-recourse financing of US$ 4.3 billion, it was the first to deploy a multilateral financing structure combining investments from local, regional and global investors. It was also the first project to weather two key political upheavals and significant economic headwinds in its home market, the first public-private partnership of its kind in Africa, and the first and largest infrastructure project of its kind to be the subject of a needs assessment to identify community needs. ERC will not only tackle some of Egypt’s most critical economic challenges such as energy security, it will also provide benefits that extend through the full lifecycle of the project and beyond.
The Egyptian Refining Company is building a state-of-the-art US$ c.4.3 billion greenfield oil refinery in the Greater Cairo Area, which will produce over 4.7 million tons of refined products per annum, including over 3 million tons of jet fuel and EURO V diesel, the cleanest fuel of its type in the world. ERC’s production will be sold to the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) under a 25-year offtake agreement at international prices.
Qalaa Holdings (CCAP.CA on the Egyptian Stock Exchange) is an African leader in energy and infrastructure. Formerly known as Citadel Capital, Qalaa Holdings controls subsidiaries in core industries including Energy, Cement, Transportation & Logistics, and Mining. To learn more, please visit qalaaholdings.com.