Nine technical school teams from Ismailiya, Sharqiya, and Alexandria received awards for their innovative ideas at the Fanni Mobtaker Innovation Competition, which is sponsored by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Education and Technical Education, and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.
The top three prizes were awarded on Wednesday to Toqa Mahmoud, Mohamed Mahmoud and Adham Mustafa from Alexandria for their innovative food production technique; to Abdel Rahman Mohamed Abdel-Salam and Omar Mahmoud Ramadan from Ismailiya for their multi-purpose shipping container innovation; and to Emam Ali Emam Gomaa and Ahmed Hassan Abdel-Moneim from Sharqiya for their plastic and metal recycling machine.
From over 2,000 applicants, 45 teams reached the final stage to present their plans and prototypes in sectors including logistics and renewable energy, industry, agriculture, tourism and education.
“We are proud to honour the finalists and winners of the competition,” said USAID Egypt Deputy Mission Director Rebecca Latorraca. “We recognise and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and innovative energy of all the teams that entered.”
Through its workforce development project, USAID and the Ministry of Education and Technical Education are working together to modernise Egypt’s educational system to ensure technical training matches market demand. Students receive the training they need to find jobs through an innovative entrepreneurship curriculum and participation in innovation clubs that provide equipment, mentors and global peer linkages.
USAID currently works in 60 vocational schools in 11 governorates.