Ishraq: Enlightening young women in Egypt through education

ExxonMobil launched an education program called ‘Ishraq' in Egypt, which is an integrated curriculum designed to provide girls with literacy and life skills, enabling them to become confident adults with economic and political benefits.

Ishraq: Enlightening young women in Egypt through education

Ishraq is a partnership between ExxonMobil Egypt, the National Council for Youth, and Save the Children that improves educational opportunities for out-of-school adolescent girls in rural Upper Egypt through a curriculum of literacy, life skills and sports. Girls graduate equipped to become community leaders or entrepreneurs.

Employing a grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation, Ishraq began as a three-year program in 2008. Ishraq is empowering young women to become confident, productive adults and increasing economic, political, education and health benefits for families and communities.

The Ishraq Program is a three-year project implemented by Save the Children and its government partner, the National Youth Council, along with other local and international partners such as Caritas-Egypt and Teaming for Development. ExxonMobil has committed a $1 million grant in 2008 to implement and sustain Ishraq in the three governorates of Minia, Beni Suef and Assiut as part of its global effort and commitment in supporting educational initiatives for girls around the world which positively contributes to the development of local communities in which they operate in.


  • ExxonMobil

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    ExxonMobil is the world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, providing energy that helps underpin growing economies and improve living standards around the...

  • Save the Children International

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. They work in 120 countries. They save children’s lives; they fight for their rights; they help them...

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Key Information

LocationEgypt, North Africa and Middle East
  • Start Date 2008
  • End Date 2011
  • ValueUSD 1 Million