9 November 2006
The Initiation of the "PC for Every Teacher and Student" Program

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel along with Minister of Education Dr. Yosry El Gamal signed today a cooperation protocol agreement between MCIT and the Ministry of Education to activate the "PC for every teacher and student" program.

This agreement goes in line with the implementation of the axes of the Egyptian Information Society Initiative (EISI), which MCIT is implementing jointly with all Egyptian ministries and authorities to turn Egypt into a digital society through facilitating and spreading ICT tools.

This protocol comes about within the execution of the Ministry of Education''''s strategy that aims at the comprehensive development of the pre-university education system. This is in addition to activating IT utilization at schools as a means to support educational development initiatives through IT usage and IT convergence with the educational process as an important part of MoE''''s programs and concerns to upgrade education in Egypt.

Within the same framework, Dr. Kamel and Minister of Higher Education Dr. Hany Helal signed a bilateral cooperation agreement on activating a "PC for every university professor and student" program. This protocol embodies the Ministry of Education''''s strategy aiming to perform complete development in the higher education system whose third axis is concerned with upgrading and activating IT utilization at all higher education institutions in Egypt.  

The Ministry of Higher Education''''s role has been determined in this protocol as the entity working on creating and developing the increasing need for computers in the university community, whether staff members or students (amounted to about 1,3 million students and 100,000 staff members and employees). This can be achieved through studying and issuing incentives for computer usage skills at the different colleges as well as encouraging incentives for staff members to develop the education process via IT.

University staff members who are already aware of computer basics and have acquired the ICDL certificate or those who converted their curricula into an electronic form are suggested to receive suitable funding in PC prices. As for students, it has been recommended that those who would like to take the ICDL certificate will receive funding, which will increase as the student proves more competence in using computers.    

In addition to its above-mentioned role in the agreements, MCIT will determine the technical specifications and the models of PCs which meet the needs of students, university staff members and teachers. MCIT will perform this role through coordinating with international technology suppliers, public authorities, major local computer companies as well as the higher education committee for Egypt PC programs 2010 to figure out the computers needed for the use of the Ministry of Higher Education.

It is worth mentioning that these agreements are the outcome of restructuring the "PC- for- Every- Home" initiative launched by MCIT back in 2002. This initiative has been way to spread IT tools and multiply the number of PCs sold while guaranteeing high quality and appropriate price for all social classes. Provided with a 3-year guarantee, PCs were made available through private sector companies: Telecom Egypt, Misr Banque, National Bank of Egypt and NGOs.

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