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    International Recognition of EEI at World Economic Forum in Davos

    Cairo, 31 January 2009

    Global Education Initiative partners praised during a special session, held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, the achievements of the Egyptian Education Initiative (EEI) in the past years.

    Egypt presented its successful model of developing the educational process via the use of ICT tools during the session.  Participants called on Egypt to replicate its model of carrying out the Global Education Initiative in other countries.
    The session discussed the utilization of IT as a driver for economic and innovative development in education. It also tackled means of studying the Global Education Initiative's model and its implementation mechanisms.

    Egypt's Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel introduced during the session the Egyptian experience and what has been accomplished so far in this regards. A total of 2,000 preparatory schools have been connected to ADSL in Egypt. Administrators and headmasters at Egyptian schools have been trained on IT skills in cooperation with Ministry of Education.

    Additionally, Minister Kamel presented the collaboration model with Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in several areas such as building a network of Egyptian universities for serving research purposes and cooperating in e-content development and establishing specialized labs at universities to develop this field.
    The session’s participants reviewed key achievements of the global initiative, celebrating the Egyptian one and the prize Egypt was awarded last month from the UNESCO.

    Dr. Hoda Baraka, first deputy to minister of Communications and Information Technology, received the 2008 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICTs in Education.

    The meeting attendees outlined the coming phase’s guidelines to be followed, calling on for more investment in the educational process and on the sustainability of such investment in the face of the currently witnessed worldwide financial crisis.

    The session further figured out means of building skills of youth through the use of state-of-the-art technologies and applications.

    Thai Deputy Prime Minister, on behalf of Thai Prime Minister Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva; Rwanda's Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Rwandan President; Director General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura; Intel Corp. Chairman Mr. Craig Barrett; CISCO Systems Chairman and CEO John Chambers and Mr. Alex Wong, WEF representative contributed to the session.

    The Global Education Initiative, launched during the Governors Meeting for IT/Telecoms on the occasion of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2003, has made significant progress in its overall objective to raise awareness and support the implementation of relevant, sustainable and scalable national education sector plans on a global level through catalyzing Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for Education (MSPEs).

    About World Economic Forum

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