March 9, 2022
U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Nicole Shampaine visits Maadi Girls STEM School, Announces $200,000 for Egyptian Students to Compete in
the International Science Fair in Atlanta
Cairo – On International Women’s Day, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Nicole Shampaine visited Maadi Girls STEM School in Cairo to highlight women and girls in STEM and announce $200,000 (EGP 3.1 million) in U.S. Government support for 26 Egyptian high school students to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta, Georgia in May 2022.
“The United States, in partnership with the Government of Egypt, has established 19 STEM schools across Egypt, including the Maadi Girls STEM school. 5,000 of Egypt’s brightest students study at these schools annually, and the talented young women at the Maadi Girls STEM school represent the future of STEM in Egypt. Overall, the United States has contributed $1.7 billion (EGP 26.7 billion) to support education in Egypt since 1978,” noted Chargé d’Affaires Shampaine.
During her visit, Chargé Shampaine, USAID Mission Director Leslie Reed, and USAID Deputy Mission Director Margaret Sancho participated in a student-led tour of the school where they learned about the students’ capstone projects, many of which focused on climate change. They also met with Fatma El-Banna, a student at Alexandria STEM School, who won third prize at the virtual International Science and Engineering Fair in 2021, and Heba GabAllah, a 2015 graduate of Maadi Girls STEM school who now works at the Egyptian Space Agency.
Since 1978, the U.S. Government has invested over $30 billion (EGP 471 billion) to support Egypt’s economic development.