Egyptian Ministry of Education Building
CAIRO – June 29, 2022: Education Minister Tarek Shawky said the education system has seen several achievements over the past eight years under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
Shawky reiterated that Sisi made education a priority in Egypt’s development by launching an initiative eight years ago with the aim of solving chronic educational problems and paying attention to the thinking of Egyptians, adding that Egypt moved up to rank 53 in the global knowledge index. (GKI) in 2021.
In statements on Tuesday, Shawky said the first steps in developing education are to establish the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB), which is the largest electronic library in the world, and make it freely available to citizens. .
The minister reviewed the Egyptian education development plan from the President’s authorization to launch the new education system and change the education system from education to apprenticeship.
As many as 2,500 e-schools were ready to adapt to the new system, he said.
Shawky said the Ministry of Education is implementing a different plan to set the curriculum framework by cooperating with several developed countries in the field of education, including the United States, Finland and Singapore.
According to the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation’s 2016 national review report on the Sustainable Development Goals:
In 2015, the “Karama” (Dignity) program was launched, offering unconditional financial support programs to disadvantaged people, namely the elderly and the totally disabled. The main objective of the programs is to eliminate absolute poverty and to cover the basic needs of the elderly and the disabled.
The Ministry of Housing allocates 5% of the national public housing project to people with disabilities and initiatives are underway to establish four accessible sites near Qena, Ismailia, Alexandria and Cairo.
The Egyptian Information and Communication Technology Trust Fund (ICT-TF), jointly established by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and UNDP, offers several training and computer education targeting people with disabilities in about 112 slums in Cairo.
Many service projects have been set up in the governorates of Upper Egypt in cooperation with Terre des Homme, to defend the rights of people with disabilities and to strengthen their talents and skills to enable them to operate and manage small craft projects. In addition, the “Equal for a better living” initiative of the Federation of Egyptian Industries aims to provide 1,000 job opportunities in the private sector to people with disabilities.
In addition, a number of cell blocks have been allocated for inmates with disabilities in three prisons, including Wadi Al-Natron in Beheira Governorate, north of Cairo; and Borg al-Arab in Alexandria. Some 42 other prisons in Upper Egypt are being equipped with the special cell block. A total of 100 prisoners with disabilities have already been moved to specially designed cell blocks, according to the Interior Ministry.
Since President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi declared 2018 as the year of people with disabilities, many measures and decisions have been taken to ensure decent living conditions for them.
People with disabilities in Egypt are estimated at around 11-14 million, according to the State Information Service [SIS]as disabilities in Egypt include visual, hearing and motor impairments, as well as mental disabilities.