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    EEI to Hold its Second Update Meeting

    Date published: 28 November 2007

    The second Update Meeting for the Egyptian Education Initiative (EEI) is due to be held at the Smart Village Convention Center on November 28-29, 2007 in the presence of Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel along with Minister of Education Dr. Yousry El Gamal and Minister of Higher Education Dr. Hany Helal.

    Representatives of the World Economic Forum (WEF), others from multinational Information and Communications Technology (ICT) corporations as well as small ICT companies working on IT applications for educational purposes, civil society representatives and students, their parents and a number of school teachers and university professors will take part in the two-day conference.
    The conference will review major EEI achievements in its second phase and highlight success stories of the initiative’s beneficiaries like teachers, students and headmasters. Top instructors and leaders of the initiative will be honored during the conference.

    EEI has realized many achievements so far. EEI Pre-university Education Track covered 2000 preparatory schools serving 800,000 pupils and more than 70,000 teachers, promoting the integration of ICTs in the educational process. About 6,000 schools have been provided with more than 39,000 PCs to maximize accessibility.

    About 64,000 school teachers and administrators have received IT training under the initiative’s umbrella so far. Also 4,000 teachers have been trained on advanced IT skills by Cisco, Intel, Microsoft and Oracle.  A total of 39,000 students were trained on IT skills by Microsoft and Intel. A sum of 1,200 e-learning objects were developed to aid teachers in demonstrating their lessons. 

    As for university education, the Higher Education track is implemented across 17 public universities. EEI has developed three training programs for university teaching staff, administrators and students at engineering and computer science faculties. So far 100 university staff have been trained on basic ICT skills and e-content development.

    On the society's level, at least 350 IT clubs have been accredited as E-learning Competence Centers (ELCC) affiliates in compliance with Cisco Networking Academy Program. A total of 600 trainers have been trained on e-content and e-learning techniques. A total of 350 managers of IT clubs were certified as e-learning Centers Directors by the ELCC.

    To serve the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)s in Egypt and help in the ELCC development process, the Arabic Business Essentials e-training program (iExec) was launched in cooperation with Cisco. The program is considered to be the first of its kind to offer Arabic business essentials courses for Egyptian businesses.
    The initiative’s Industry Development Track introduced a new certification for e-learning professionals empowering them to take the lead in the e-learning development field.

    EEI was honored this month by the Cisco Networking Academy community in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, out of an exceptional shortlist to win the first place in the Project of the Year category.

    The Egyptian Education Initiative (EEI) was launched under the auspices of Egypt’s First Lady Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak during the World Economic Forum held in May 2006 in Sharm El Sheikh. The initiative aims at developing the quality of educational delivery tools - in cooperation with the WEF - through the effective use of ICT as well as constructive public-private partnerships.  

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