Springboard: Educating the future

Building schools in Egypt

Another initiative Apache founded in response to an educational need is Springboard. Springboard was established by Apache to provide educational opportunities to underserved populations. Its initiative, One-Room Schools for Egypt’s Girls, sought private contributions to build more schools to support the Girls' Education Initiative of Egypt's National Council for Childhood and Motherhood.

In the Matrouh area in Egypt’s Western Desert, Apache completed construction of a seventh co-educational school for the Bedouins, a desert-dwelling nomadic tribe. A total of 300 students attend the schools. Apache’s support includes monitoring student performance, furnishing school supplies, and providing building maintenance. The facilities are built in small villages and often serve as the only primary school for the children living there.

Apache also has built 201 one-room schools attended by about 7,000 girls in remote rural areas of the country where educational opportunities for girls are scarce. Apache and Springboard: Educating the Future have partnered with Egypt's National Council for Childhood and Motherhood and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development to provide the educational prospects for girls.

Apache continues to support the schools. Among its efforts, the company:

  • Conducts periodic maintenance of the 201 schools, averaging about 50 schools a year;
  • Planted gardens at some of the schools and built fences at others to provide a safe atmosphere for outdoor activities;
  • Dug water wells for some of the schools that had no access to fresh water;
  • Organizes many events to support the schools with supplies and medical needs;
  • Distributed a collection of encyclopedias donated by the U.S. Embassy;
  • Sponsors numerous outings for the girls to places such as the zoo and the pyramids;
  • Distributed 7,000 pairs of shoes to the girls to promote health and wellness in an agreement with shoe manufacturer Crocs;
  • Acts as an intermediary between individual donors and the schools to ensure the schools receive the educational tools and supplies that are needed;
  • Supports its national employees as they conduct donation campaigns each year to support individual schools and the surrounding communities; and
  • Delivered computers and laptops to 74 schools.

Egypt launched its National Girls' Education Initiative in 2003 with the goal of providing quality education to underprivileged girls who are deprived of educational opportunities due to geographic, social and economic realities. Today, more than 10,000 girls have learned to read and write. Nearly 4,000 girls have graduated from the schools, 2,200 of which are currently enrolled in middle and high schools continuing their education.

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