Yasmin Helal encountered a man on the streets of Cairo who had taken his 3 daughters out of school due to poverty. The encounter inspired her to start Educate Me as an initiative to reinstate school dropouts.
That year, Educate Me successfully reinstated 135 children from Talbeya, an underprivileged area in Giza.
Yasmin was joined by 2 entrepreneurs, Mohamed Elhaw and Amr El Salanekly, and together they decided to aim for a much deeper impact after concluding that Egyptian national education alone was insufficient.
Together, with the help of volunteers, they started taking children out on field-trips and workshops, and they started the ASK program, where children were given the chance to decide what they wanted to learn.
Educate Me was registered as a non-profit foundation.
Educate Me developed its learning model into a learner- centered one that is focused on developing children’s 21st century skills.
Educate Me got its first learning premises in Talbeya and started its after school program for children of ages 9-14 as well as a parental awareness program.
Educate Me launched its preschool program.
Educate Me converted its learning space in Talbeya into a government certified community school for the primary stage applying its original learning model on a full time basis.
Educate Me also launched its professional development arm to develop teachers in schools and educational organizations across Egypt.
Educate Me developed 2600 teachers in 83 public schools across Egypt.
Educate Me grew its team by almost twofold, now including 60 full-time employees.