CAIRO, 22 October 2019 - At the premises of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS), UNICEF signed a rolling work plan (RWP) with the MoYS for the years 2020-2021.
Through this RWP, UNICEF will support the Ministry’s efforts to strengthen adolescent and youth programs to accelerate the government efforts to develop a National youth policy in collaboration with UN agencies.
Chiefly, the RWP will support the revamping of a flagship program, namely “Meshwary” Project, which represents a long-lasting partnership between the MoYS and UNICEF since 2008 with the aim of supporting young people and empower them socially and economically to prepare them for their life journey.
In response to Egypt’s development plans in Sinai, this RWP also marks the integration of Sinai as one of the targeted governorates.
It is worth mentioning that through this partnership, the revamped model of Meshwary project aligns within the global initiative Generation Unlimited (GenU) which calls on young innovators to design solutions to improve education, employment and civic engagement.
Minister of Youth and Sports Dr. Ashraf Sobhy asserted “ this well-established partnership between the MoYS and UNICEF represents a milestone towards the achievement of Egypt’s vision 2030, particularly in relation to young people’s socio-economic empowerment, engagement and participation”.
H.E Dr. Sobhy added “we want to establish a communication center with the aim of highlighting the activities carried out by the Ministry and UNICEF and to act as the gateway between the youth and the programs.”
And for his part, Mr. Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Egypt said, “the work that is being done by the Ministry under the leadership of Dr. Sobhy for the success of the different programs under this RWP is impressive.”
Mr. Maes added “it is necessary to digitize our joint activities, and today we are happy to announce that 3000 graduates of Meshwary Project will receive their graduation cards. The graduation cards represent an innovative approach towards the mobile certification of the beneficiaries. The cards use the QR Code technique to verify the data of the beneficiaries and their obtainment of the skills development programs. Aligning with the strategic pillars of the of the GenU Global Initiative, the graduation cards have been rolled out, and this will be mainstreamed to include more than 30,000 of Meshwary graduates.”
This partnership also piggybacks Meshwary as a platform for girls’ empowerment. It also leverages the huge capacity of the MoYS and its being a key member in the steering committee of Dawwie.
The partnership also promotes young people’s participation in sports for development programs aiming to promote the inclusivity of sports and ensure girls participation in sports and physical activity with life skills. It also aims to further young people’s civic engagement through the civic education and adolescents and youth parliaments programs. Furthermore, this partnership supports Early Child Development (ECD) through ECD centers and volunteering programs.
The entrenched collaboration between the MoYS and UNICEF represents a key breakthrough to support young people in Egypt with an equity and gender lens and with focus on innovation for development.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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