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    First EEI follow-up Conference Held at MCIT

    Cairo , 17 November 2006

    The Follow-up Conference on the Egyptian Education Initiative (EEI) will be held in the presence of H.E. Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel along with H.E. Minister of Education Dr. Yosry El Gamal and H.E. Minister of Higher Education Dr. Hany Helal.

    EEI has been earlier launched during the World Economic Forum held last May in Sharm El Sheikh. EEI 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.  

    Representatives of the World Economic Forum, others from multinational information and communications technology (ICT) corporations as well as small ICT companies working on IT applications in educational purposes, civil society representatives  as well as students, their parents and a number of school teachers and university professors will take part in the one-day conference.

    The conference will review the major EEI's achievements in the first part of this year as well as highlighting the success stories of the beneficiaries of the initiative like teachers, students and headmasters.

    Top trainees of the initiative will be honored during the conference. Also a number of seminars in different subjects on education and other issues related to the EEI will be held during the conference.

    On the sidelines of the conference, an exhibition will be held where eight multinational ICT companies will showcase the diverse products of these companies, especially educational applications. The exhibiting companies are: Siemens Ltd., Oracle, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Intel, Microsoft Corp., CISCO Systems and IBM.
    The EEI has realized many achievements so far. 1900 schools out of a total of the initiative's 2000 schools have been provided with PCs, whereas the number of schools connected to the internet reached 800. Khadiga Bent Kuwailed School in Alexandria has been the first school to use wireless broadband connection.

    As for university education, four e-learning labs are underway in the universities of Tanta, Sakazik, South Valley and Suez. Also the Faculty of Engineering at Ain Sham University has been equipped with a wireless network in cooperation with Siemens Ltd.

    Trainees who received IT training under the EEI's umbrella are about 70,000 school teachers and administrators. Training was provided by Intel and Microsoft Corp.  

    On the other hand, 360 university teaching staff members and administrators have been trained on using ICT, while 135 professors have been trained to use e-content development programs in collaboration with Microsoft Corp. And 28 ones from different universities received training in cooperation with IBM. University students had their share too as 220 ones have been coached to use advanced ICT tools with Oracle.

    On the society's level, 51 IT clubs have been accredited as E-learning Competence Centers (ELCC) affiliates based on the same system followed by the Cisco Networking Academy Program. 110 teachers have been trained at these centers who later couched more than 750 trainees.  

    It is worth mentioning that a number of workshops were held to raise the awareness of this system so that the number of accredited centers by the end of the initiative's time span will reach 1000 with a 10,000-trainee target.

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