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    Third Progress Meeting of the Egyptian Education Initiative Steering Committee

    Cairo, 8 August 2006

    The Steering Committee of the Egyptian Education Initiative (EEI) held its third progress meeting this week to discuss developments currently taking place in the Initiative covering the various areas of work, namely: Pre-University Education, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and e-Learning Industry Development tracks.

    The meeting was headed by Dr. Hoda Baraka, First Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology and Director of the Initiative, and was attended by representatives of the Ministries of Education and Higher Education, implementing agencies, and the partnering donors and international companies.

    Dr. Samia Mashaly, Director of Educational Affairs at the MCIT and Deputy Director of the Initiative, reviewed progress in providing 1800 schools with the necessary technological infrastructure and connecting a sum of 600 schools with high speed internet.

    Dr. Salah Elewa, Director of the Technological development Center at the Ministry of Education, reported the accomplishments in the Pre-University Education track where he presented the Training of Trainers (teachers) program that the MoE is jointly implementing with Microsoft and Intel in 23 governorates covering 2000 schools with a total number of 20000 trainees and a target of 40000 by the end of this summer.

    Dr. Tarek Al Ahmady, Representative of the Ministry of Higher Education, presented the progress of the Initiative’s Higher Education track which comprised three basic activities, namely the Digital Literacy training program in partnership with Microsoft that has produced so far a total of 180 trainees with a target of 500 trainees by the end of August 2006, Microsoft and IBM Content Development training program which target over 3000 university professors and university e-learning centers, and the summer training of students of Engineering and Computer Sciences faculties on Oracle development tools in collaboration with Oracle International.

    As for the Lifelong Learning track of the initiative, Mr. Yasser Kazem, Director of the e-Learning Competence Center (e-LCC) at MCIT, stated that 31 IT clubs and NGOs working in the field of training had been certified as e-learning centers for the e-LCC, In addition to the finalization of the Lifelong Learning portal.

    Moreover, the progress in the initiative’s e-Learning Industry Development track includes the initiation of the first round of the nine-month program for Instructional Designer and e-Content Development that will be implemented by the Information Technology Institute in partnership with IBM. The new specializations target highest ranking graduates, in order to build a skill base that is up-to-date with the latest technology in courseware design and development.

    EEI was launched at the World Economic Forum in May 2006 and aims to improve the delivery quality of education through social partnerships and the effective use of ICT tools.

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