The Ministry of Education and the Goethe Institute will cooperate to improve the teaching of German in schools
Education Minister Tarek Shawky signed the MoU in the presence of Frank Hartmann, German Ambassador in Cairo.
The MoU aims to raise the standard of German language teaching in schools through the pre-qualification and continuous professional development of German-speaking teachers and school leaders.
In addition, the MoU also provides scholarships for outstanding students, exchange opportunities for students and teachers, as well as the dispatch of educational experts to German institutes.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Susanna Hoon, Regional Director of the Goethe Institute for the Middle East and North Africa; Sebastian Wouter, director of the language department of the Goethe-Institut in Cairo; and several officials from the Ministry and the Goethe Institute.
Shawky stressed the importance of Egyptian-German relations, especially in the field of education, adding that the MoU intends to improve the efficiency of teachers to improve German language skills, train educational leaders and develop a German language program.
For his part, Hoon expressed his appreciation for the MoU, saying the institute has been working in Cairo and Alexandria for more than sixty years to deepen cooperation between the two countries in the fields of culture and education.
Hartmann considered the memorandum of understanding an important step in strengthening the cooperation between the Goethe Institute and the Ministry of Education within the framework of the education development plan.
He added that the German side supports the ministry’s efforts in creating a modern education system based on participation and meeting the needs of society.
Minister of Education meets German Ambassador
That same day, Shawky and Hartmann held a meeting to discuss various collaboration opportunities.
During the meeting, Hartmann expressed his satisfaction for the cooperation between the institute and the ministry, stressing that “Egypt is an important partner for Germany”, stressing that his country aspires to contribute to the formulation of bilateral relations. , especially in the field of education, according to a press release issued by the ministry.
The German Ambassador also praised German schools in Egypt and the quality of education they provide as well as the quality of educators and students.
Furthermore, Shawky praised Egypt’s cooperation with Germany and the educational benefits derived from such a partnership.
The two officials also discussed other aspects of cooperation between the two countries, such as the projects of the German Development Bank (KFW), which support the quality of education in several governorates.
In addition, they discussed support for the establishment of the National Quality Assurance and Accreditation Authority (ETQAAN) and the establishment of the Technical and Vocational Education Teachers Academy (TVETA).
Furthermore, an agreement to organize the seven German schools in Egypt was signed.
The meeting also touched on the discussion to transform German schools in Egypt into sui generis international schools.
This added to the discussion of the development of technical education students by teaching them German language and culture at an early age as well as technical skills to provide them with various job opportunities in the German job market.
In addition, they discussed cooperation with the Goethe Institute in Cairo to translate science and math tests into German to ensure their accuracy and to set the standards required for the tests.
In 1959, the Egyptian-German Cultural Agreement was signed as a major framework that organizes Egyptian and German cultural relations.
Since then, the Goethe Institute has successfully played a vital role in promoting German cultural activities in Egypt, supporting German language learning as well as international cultural cooperation.