Giza Systems Education Foundation

 

Giza Systems Education Foundation is a civil educational non-profit foundation seeking to combat ignorance and poverty in the most marginalized areas in Egypt through the use of technology and technical expertise.

 

Established in December 2013 under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity (registration no. 9400 y2013), the foundation strives for the integration and exchange of experiences with civil society organizations and NGOs. In addition, the foundation aims at creating successful partnerships with the private sector and various state institutions in order to provide solutions that lead to real, on-ground development, while innovatively addressing the economic and social challenges faced by the Egyptian society.

 

The Giza Systems Education Foundation (GSEF) was established to serve the Egyptian society. GSEF strives at serving, developing, empowering and positively impacting the Egyptian community through leveraging its guardian company’s (Giza Systems) most unique asset, Technology Integration. The Foundation seeks to serve the public through philanthropic contributions designed to make a change and is empowered by a network of professionals from Giza Systems, with expertise and specialization in Information technology, finance, marketing, management and other fields.

 

Mission

 

We are technology leaders that have the capacity to integrate existing society capacities creating ripples of change. We shall impact youth competitiveness through embracing and developing talent fairly, equally and transparently. We shall build a technology empowered generation that can improve their own livelihood and that of their communities and society at large.

                                   

Initiatives

 

Education and Creativity

 

  • Read to Succeed, Ezbet El Nasr, Cairo

Giza Systems Education Foundation donated 1,455 books to three governmental schools located in Ezbet El Nasr (in Basateen) and Ezbet El Nasr Youth Center Library. Thanks to the National Reading Program at USAID Egypt, GSEF was able to donate a diverse collection of books to include encyclopedias, dictionaries, novels, historic and scientific books, as well as Sesame Street reading books. The initiative stems from the importance and impact of reading on the lives of children and young adults, especially in marginalized areas.

 

  • Supporting Technical Education, Suez 

Partnering with Misr El Kheir Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Giza Systems Foundation for Educational Systems (GSF) supported the STEM initiative by equipping the Advanced Industrial Technical High School of Suez with a language and computer lab to include computers, headsets, and other necessary accessories. The STEM initiative brings to the forefront the importance of integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in the education system for Industrial Technical schools. The initiative relies on advancing learning and empirical education through practice and scientific experiments, based on methodical approaches to scientific research. The school is one of the pioneers in the application of the STEM methodology and serves all the cities of the Suez Canal, with 1700 academically excelling students. The school offers automotive engineering, electricity, mechanics, petrochemicals, and turnings, and operation and distribution of electric energy. To empower future generations and instill scientific research in education, GSF plans to continue to support the school, with hopes that it will become a model in the field of technical education in Egypt.

 

Environment

 

  • EcoChic

In an initiative to tackle the growing concern over the disposal of billboards in landfills and in order to spread awareness about the preservation of the environment, Giza Systems created the “EcoChic” brand. The name for the brand was derived from the fashionable production of environmentally friendly commercial merchandise through the use of vinyl posters. Products to be created from the vinyl billboards range from school bags and backpacks for school kids, to nifty iPad and postman bags for more affluent teenagers,  umbrellas, sports bags, pencil cases, garbage bags, etc. 

 

As housewives and disadvantaged women make these products, the initiative also enables them to generate additional income with positive ripple effect on jobs and skills development within the community. Springing from this initiative, Giza Systems Education Foundation (GSEF) launched the “Back to School” campaign targeting the recycling of billboards for the production of school bags for underprivileged children. Almost one thousand bags were distributed to underprivileged students in marginalized areas in Cairo and Upper Egypt including Nubia, Menia, Beni Suef, Torah, Greater Cairo and Giza governorates.

 

By approaching a number of organizations, GSEF was able to gain the support of major companies including Jotun Paints, Nestle Egypt and Virgin Mega Store for the donation of their billboards as contribution for the production of bags. As for increasing its presence, GSF has participated in many art galleries and craft-markets to showcase product prototypes and to gain visitor feedback for the development of the final products. The Foundation has also participated in the first environmental exhibition organized by students of the American International School in Egypt in collaboration with the British School in Cairo.

 

Determining and assessing the needs of marginalized students in the most impoverished Egyptian governorates was planned in cooperation and partnership with civil society institutions such as Misr El Kheir. To introduce the campaign to the public and rally support for the initiative, GSEF has raised awareness through approaching key organizations; developing partnerships with associations; increasing its presence through various art galleries, craft-markets, cultural centers, and events; and launching internal campaigns to employees in Giza Systems. 

 

A large number of associations working towards environmental and recycling initiatives attended the event. The Foundation also participated in an art exhibition organized by Darb 1718 cultural center, in El Fakhareen village of Old Cairo, alongside many associations and organizations interested in the field of recycling waste like plastic, paper, glass, tires, etc.

 

Youth Empowerment

 

  • Commitment to developing the skills of Egyptian Youth

Through our partnership with Wataneya Association, GSEF has supported Forsa program that builds the capacity of young orphans and helps them acquire necessary skills for the job market including how to write winning CVs and cover letters, and how to effectively prepare for job interviews.

 

Digital Fabrication

 

  • Fab Lab in New Cairo

 

In November 2015, Giza Systems Education Foundation, in coordination with Fab Lab Egypt, launched Fab Lab in New Cairo at Giza Systems headquarters.

 

The lab carries state-of-the art digital fabrication and 3D printing equipment including laser cutters, 3D printers and a CNC precision milling machine.

 

Fab Labs foster creativity, create a space for innovation and collaboration in the community. Ultimately, they enhance the capacity and potential of the local workforce and provide opportunities for young entrepreneurs to create prototypes and turn their ideas into viable startups.

 

With the help and support of Fab Lab Egypt, Fab Lab in New Cairo is now an independent Fab Lab, adopting collaborative approaches with the various entities to foster innovation, support startups, empower youth and bring creation to life.

 

  • Fab Lab on Wheels

 

Giza Systems Education Foundation, in partnership with Dell EMC and in coordination with Fab Lab Egypt, launched the Fab Lab on Wheels initiative on the 4th of December 2016.

 

The Fab Lab on Wheels initiative is the first of its kind in Egypt. It consists of a mobile Fab Lab housed in a bus, promoting the message of “Tour. Educate. Create.” The uniqueness of this project is its focus on bringing digital fabrication and entrepreneurship to the various communities in rural areas in Egypt.

 

Fab Lab on Wheels is now touring various governorates to provide local communities with accessibility to fabrication equipment and workshops, enabling community members in Egyptian governorates to materialize their ideas and concepts. By utilizing open source design software and a variety of computer controlled machines, as well as practical workshops, the community will be able to design and fabricate anything they can conceive.

 

The tour includes Minya, Sohag, Beni Suef, Al Faiyum, and Menoufeya governorates; staying for a period of 2 months in each governorate. During that time, the Fab Lab on Wheels team will support the local community through a myriad of methods including practical workshops, awareness sessions, community events, and a maker diploma offered by Fab Lab Egypt.

 

Hosted at the Exploratory Centers for Science and Technology in the various governorates, Fab Lab on Wheels will reach out to people from all walks of life to provide them with a hands-on learning environment. From engineering students and robotics enthusiasts, to handicraft makers and workshop owners, visitors will be able to access the technology and fabrication machines to innovate and create.

 

In addition to creating a strong maker community across Egypt, Fab Lab on Wheels works with young makers to develop their skill-set at an early age; reach out to existing and new school systems in Upper Egypt; and enable big data and cloud computing technology diffusion.

 

Enabling the Disabled 

 

  • Making the Impossible Possible 

 

In 2017, Giza Systems Education Foundation is planning to launch its initiative supporting Persons with Disabilities (PwD) under the slogan “Enabling the disabled through the utilization of digital fabrication technology”.

 

Digital fabrication technologies, such as 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC routers, are not only revolutionizing the way and nature that goods are manufactured, but are opening up a myriad of possibilities for People with Disability (PwD). They are literally making impossible feats possible for PwDs. Prosthetics, customized wheelchairs, bionic eye devices, sonic gadgets, joysticks, cups, utensils, and countless tools can be created and customized based on the individual needs of PwD.

 

The proposed initiative aims to capitalize on the utilization of digital fabrication to enable the disabled by creating assistive devices and giving the power to (PwD) to revolutionize the products they use and make them highly customizable to suit their individual needs.

In addition to the actual fabrication of much needed assistive technologies, a major component of the project involves the engagement of PwDs in product design and learning digital fabrication skills. Consequently, this will enable PwDs to join the workforce or become entrepreneurs in their own right.

 

To launch this 2-year project, we have estimated the total funding needed at $236 K. By the end of Y2, the project will be financially sustainable through the product lines developed. We are currently seeking partners to sponsor either certain activities or become full equal partners with Giza Systems Education Foundation.

 

Our Partners

 

  • Injaz Egypt
  • Dell EMC
  • Exploratory Centers for Science and Technology
  • USAID SEED
  • Misr El Kheir Foundation
  • Wataneya Association for Orphanages Development
  • Educate-Me Center
  • Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  • Nile University
  • Microsoft Egypt
  • Nestlé Egypt
  • Fab Lab Egypt
  • Terous Foundation
  • Gerhart Centre, The American University in Cairo
  • Academy of Scientific Research and Technology
  • GIZ Egypt
  • Ideas Gym

 

Sponsorship Programs

EcoChic

-          How:

o   We need your old billboard banners! If you have enough stock, we will be more than happy to take them off your hands

o   Make your own branded bags for your employees

o   Buy bags: for every bag you buy, we provide a bag to children in unprivileged areas

o   Sponsor the project through sales in retail shops, fairs and open days

-          Sponsorship package benefits:

o   Recognizing partnership in all media

o   An employee engaged opportunity to share while saving the environment

o   Getting rid of your old banners which are taking up your storage space.

o   Sharing brand awareness with the community.

 

Fab Lab on Wheels

-          How:

o   Sponsor a visit to a location: The bus tours Egypt visiting several destinations. These destinations will have access to the Fab Lab technology from a week to 2 months. During which the cost of the operations is completely funded and sponsored through a partner.

o   Sponsor a Hackathon or a team in a Hackathon: During bus visits, Hackathons are arranged to develop and encourage the creativity environment within the place visited.

-          Sponsorship package benefits: depending on type of sponsorship.

o   Recognizing partnership in all media.

o   Acknowledgement throughout the event

o   Logo printed on volunteers and teams T-shirts

o   Lunch boxes and free coffee break for your employees up to 2 representatives.

o   5 min speech on the opening ceremony

o   Logo placement in all our promo videos with your sponsorship category

o   Photograph with the organization representative with the attendees and organizing committee

Fab Labs

-          How:

o   Sponsor a certificate/individual: to develop entrepreneurial skills, a set of both technical and business skills development tracks are offered in each location. You can choose to sponsor a complete track or sponsor an individual in a complete track.

o   Sponsor a Hackathon or a team in a Hackathon: annual Hackathons in each individual Fab Lab or the Hackathon between the winners of each Fab Lab the following year.

o   Sponsor a competition: annually the Fab Lab announces competitions between different targeted communities. Each competition represent a sponsorship opportunities.

-          Sponsorship package benefits: depending on type of sponsorship.

o   Recognizing partnership in all media.

o   Acknowledgement throughout the event

o   Logo printed on volunteers and teams T-shirts

o   Lunch boxes and free coffee break for your employees up to 2 representatives.

o   5 min speech on the opening ceremony

o   Logo placement in all our promo videos with your sponsorship category

o   Photograph with the organization representative with the attendees, teams and organizing committee

 

Enabling the Disabled

 

-          How:

o   Finance the R&D department working on developing mobility aids for Persons with Disability (PwD)

o   Sponsor a product line (prosthetics, customized wheelchairs, bionic eye devices, sonic gadgets, joysticks, cups, utensils, or one of the many other tools) and be the one to name it 

-          Sponsorship package benefits:

o   Recognizing partnership in all media.

o   An employee engaged opportunity to share while saving the environment.

o   Getting rid of your old banners which are taking up your storage space.

o   Sharing brand awareness with the community.