StARS Education Department provides comprehensive education services to refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Cairo through four core programs:

The Montessori Preschool Program, a preschool for children ages 3-6 years old;

The Children’s Education Program, teaching the English Sudanese curriculum to children aged 6-19 through grades 1 – 11;

The Adult Education Program, offering a range of language and skills-based classes; and

The StARS Capacity Building Program, providing refugee community organizations with training relevant to serving refugees in Cairo.

Montessori Preschool

StARS Montessori Preschool provides education and care for children aged 2.5-6 based on the Montessori pedagogical approach for early childhood development. Our refined approach to child-centered learning paves the way for enrollment into our Children’s Education Program. Our parent engagement component also provides advice and guidance on childhood development at home.

Children’s Education 

The Children’s Education Program teaches the English Sudanese curriculum to children aged 6-19 through grades 1 – 11 with the opportunity to gain an 8th and 11th grade certificate. CEP students come from many different countries, including Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Burundi, Yemen and Uganda. Students also benefit from our School Meal Program, providing a nutritious breakfast and lunch.

Adult Education 

The Adult Education program is open to all refugees and vulnerable migrants in Cairo. Our teachers are from the refugee communities in Egypt and are assisted by international volunteers. Our aim is to offer a wide variety of classes that impart practical skills including:

  • English language – We offer 8 levels of English based on the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. English language students are also given the opportunity to attend weekly tutoring sessions with fluent or native English speakers living in Cairo.
  • Arabic literacy – This course is designed for Arabic speakers who want to learn how to read and write in Arabic.
  • IT Classes – IT classes include basic computer skills such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Handicrafts and accessories – The Handicrafts class teaches students how to use simple materials to create accessories and home decorations to sell.
  • Basic Sewing – This course is designed for beginners, as well as those with little experience who are looking for opportunities to practice their sewing skills.
  • Henna Classes – This course teaches students the art of designing and painting patterns on parts of the body.
  • Hairstyling Classes – Students are taught every aspect of hair styling from the very basics to bridal hair styling.

Capacity Building Program 

The StARS Capacity Building Program provides:

Community School Capacity Building  The Community School Capacity Building program provides bespoke training to fill skills and knowledge gaps in refugee community schools in Cairo.

Professional Development Courses – We have partnered with the Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University of Cairo (AUC) to create free, high-quality professional development courses. Previous courses have included academic discussion, community psychology and first aid.

Pathways Workshops – Pathways Workshops provide StARS graduates with information on how to access further educational and employment opportunities in Cairo.