What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Since our founding in 2005, we have achieved the following every year:
- Establishing our programs in 7 schools,
- Training 15 school counsellors,
- Training 300 students directly through Qalb Kabeer’s team
- Training 3,000 students indirectly through the school counsellors
- Training 100 parents and social activists
- Qalb Kabeer runs annual trainings for other NGOs in Cairo to provide them the tools to take our methodology even further through their own programs.
So, we had access to about 18,000 students, 40 middle schools, 90 school counsellors, 600 parents. Moreover, we have printed our program/curriculum for easier implementation for interested organisations.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
By the end of 3 years, our franchising model should be up and running, we understand that Qalb Kabeer alone can only reach a limited number of schools; however, by creating a franchising system, our growth will move from linear to exponential. Over the past years we have developed a core team, and a strong reputation with all stakeholders in the education system, and a huge number of NGOs.
We expect that number of new franchises opened in 3 years to be 30 organizations, leading to establishing our programs in about 500 schools, training 1,000 school counsellors, training 100,000 students and 3,000 parents and social activists. We believe we are on the cusp of a major impact breakthrough using franchising.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Funding is of course always a barrier when working with public schools, though we are working with new revenue models of offering our service for a fee in private schools to avoid donor dependence.
In addition, a new potential barrier is the uncertain nature of the coming political regime in Egypt, whose approval we need to work in public schools. We are connecting with other educational NGOs to create a united front that can lobby for our programs with the new regime.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
To re-establish connections with the Ministry of Education for the new regime in order to ensure continued buy-in and access to
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Establish our franchising system and integrate the concept of "Citizenship guided empathy" to our program
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
I, realized the importance of a positive environment for youth’s emotional health when I transferred from a private Catholic school where students were treated as equals to a public school where students were neglected and treated with disrespect. As I, finished high school and moved to medical school, I dedicate my free time to community work. Interacting with youth and listening to their problems made me realize that lack of emotional support was the dominant characteristic among them. To address this problem, I decided to work to bring empathy to the center of the public school system. In 2009, being elected as an Ashoka Fellow helped connect me to the network of entrepreneurs to help accelerate my impact.