Egypt, US launch GLOBE Program to promote environmental education, scientific literacy

Ahram Online , Tuesday 26 Mar 2024

The US embassy in Cairo announced on Tuesday the launch of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) programme in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Education and Technical Education at the Maadi STEM School for Girls.

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U.S. Embassy Assistant Cultural Attach Inga Litvinsky with Dr. Aziza Khalifa, GLOBE Coordinator for the Government of Egypt, Ministry of Education and Technical Education official, and teachers from STEM schools in 6th of October, Obour, Alexandria, and Menoufia at the Maadi STEM School for Girls. Photo courtesy of U.S. Embassy.


GLOBE is an international science and education initiative aimed at fostering environmental awareness, enhancing scientific understanding of the Earth, and improving student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The programme connects students, teachers, researchers, and lifelong learners with a global community passionate about protecting the environment.

GLOBE participants in Egypt will have the opportunity to engage in Earth system science research projects, including those led by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and explore various protocols, campaigns, and data initiatives. By collecting, submitting, and analyzing GLOBE data from around the world, learners will contribute to a deeper understanding of our planet’s ecosystems and climate patterns.

“We are excited to bring the GLOBE Program to Egypt and empower students to become active stewards of the environment,” US Embassy Assistant Cultural Attaché Inga Litvinsky said during the launch ceremony.

“Through GLOBE, we aim to inspire curiosity, promote scientific inquiry, and cultivate a sense of global citizenship among learners of all ages.

He noted that the US embassy, in partnership with Egypt’s education ministry, donated atmospheric tools so that students at the Maadi school, along with STEM schools in 6 October, Obour, Alexandria, and Menoufiya, can monitor air quality and other atmospheric data.

Aziza Khalifa, GLOBE coordinator for Egypt, and two teachers attended the regional GLOBE conference in February 2024 in Amman, Jordan.

The teachers will train other teachers in STEM schools on the know-how they learned.

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