Cairo, 12 May 2019 –The Egyptian Minister of Education and Technical Education, Professor Dr. Tarek Shawki and UNICEF Representative in Egypt, Mr. Bruno Maes, celebrated today some of the key milestones achieved over the course of the education transformation process (Education 2.0) since its announcement in August 2017.
The Iftar function was attended by the Minister of Education and Technical Education and Representatives from MOETE, UNICEF and partners. The celebration aimed at acknowledging the achievements attained by the Center of Curriculum and Instructional Materials Development (CCIMD) as well as that of other governmental agencies and governmental-led organizations in support to Education 2.0.
“I would like to thank all the parties who worked on Education 2.0 for contributing to the success of the education transformation process” said Dr. Tarek Shawki, Minister of Education and Technical Education.
“It is my pleasure and honor to participate in this event to celebrate the launch of this education transformation process, which started by the development of the pre-primary curricula and the first grade of primary education and aims to ensure that an effective education system is achievable at various levels of education.” said Dr. Tarek Shawki.
Dr. Tarek Shawki added “The development of these curricula has been the beginning of the full development process that starts from pre-primary to the end of the secondary stage, which provides a comprehensive vision of what a pre-university graduate should achieve by 2030. Despite the challenges encountered in the initial phase, the transformation process has paved the way for later stages of development.”
Dr.Tarek Shawki stated that this work is led by a large team from CCIMD, in addition to the great support of UNICEF and other partners who contributed to the success of the launching process, and are continuing their support. Among which are; Discovery Education, Nahdet Misr, Longman Egypt, UNESCO, Education experts at the British Embassy in Cairo, Education experts at the World Bank, education experts at Egyptian universities, and different experts at MOETE
“CCIMD has been playing an effective role since its establishment. It has contributed significantly to the development of educational curricula in various educational stages. It has translated the new trends of the community and its development plans into educational programs that aim to change the behavior of students and to affect them physically, psychologically and intellectually. This created a link between education and development and led to linking education outputs to community needs including the need for trained workforce.
Among the concrete examples of these success, new curricula were introduced, teaching tools and methods were adapted to better fit the children needs and the school environments were improved. These are important milestones that aim to positively transform the education system.
“I am pleased that UNICEF is partnering with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education for their social engagement plan as well” stated Mr. Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Egypt. “Our common objective, is to ensure that the ongoing efforts of the Education transformation process are clearly communicated to all stakeholders including students, teachers, school administration, media and parents above all.”
The British Ambassador in Egypt Sir Geoffrey Adams said: “As a leading country in providing world-class education, the UK is keen to share its expertise and support with the Egyptian government in achieving its education reform vision. Our support is backed by a £12m educational fund to equip children in vulnerable areas with the knowledge and skills they need to build a bright future for Egypt.”
With the endorsement of the Egyptian Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) and the creation of the skills-based Education 2.0, UNICEF has been providing technical support to the CCIMD for their process in developing the grade level curriculum frameworks for pre-primary and primary grades 1 to 3 in. This support was make possible thanks to a £12m UK- UNICEF three year project agreement titled “Integrated Education Services for Vulnerable and Marginalised Children in Egypt” contributing to the current educational reform process and improving the quality of educational services.
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