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School textbooks rewritten after regime changes

  • Cairo: It is a small photograph of a young man on a page in an Egyptian primary-school textbook. But to many watching closely, it is a big step for education in the Arab world.
  • Khalid Saeed was the 28-year-old Egyptian computer programmer dragged out of an Internet café and beaten to death by Alexandria police after he posted a video of two of them allegedly divvying up drug money after a bust.
  • The Facebook page commemorating his life and expressing outrage over his 2010 death eventually mushroomed into the movement that overthrew president Hosni Mubarak.
  • Khalid Saeed’s story will be taught to all second-graders (seven and eight-year-olds) in Egypt, marking a modest attempt at curriculum reform in an otherwise stodgy educational system.

[EGYPT] Much is at stake: If schools continue to churn out mediocre graduates, the high youth unemployment will most likely worsen. An improved education system, on the other hand, holds out the promise of producing citizens who can build a prosperous democracy at the heart of the Arab world.


“We’re sure that this is an important period in Egypt’s history,” says Mohammed Srogy, a new public relations adviser at the Ministry of Education. “We believe that education is the gateway for the renaissance of Egypt.”

[Podcast] The role of education in empowering young people to shape their future

UNICEF Radio moderator Amy Costello discussed how education is empowering youth to participate in civil society with Asmaa Elbadawy, a young researcher for the Population Council’s office in Egypt and an expert within the Division of Poverty, Gender and Youth; and Mohammed Naseehu Ali, a writer, musician and teacher from Ghana whose fiction and essays have been published in The New Yorker and the New York Times.

I believe the school environment was the main reason I dropped out. Mainly, I didn’t feel that I was learning anything. Teachers preferred using force and intimidation instead of listening to the students. I wasn’t able to understand a thing during class, and was constantly so scared.
CAIRO - Fatema Salah said her students had never sung the Egyptian national anthem quite the way they did Sunday, the first day back to school for most Cairo pupils. Before, they shuffled through the morning ritual, heads down and sleepy. This time, standing in the school’s shady courtyard for the first time since the revolution, they belted it out.
Why are education systems in the Middle East and North Africa performing so badly? In many countries, teachers are poorly trained – and teaching is regarded as a low-status, last-resort source of employment for entrants to the civil service. There is an emphasis on rote learning, rather than solving problems and developing more flexible skills. And education systems are geared towards a public sector job market that is shrinking, and for entry to post-secondary education. Most don’t make it. And those who do emerge with skills that are largely irrelevant to the needs of employers. (via Education failures fan the flames in the Arab world « World Education Blog)

Why are education systems in the Middle East and North Africa performing so badly? In many countries, teachers are poorly trained – and teaching is regarded as a low-status, last-resort source of employment for entrants to the civil service. There is an emphasis on rote learning, rather than solving problems and developing more flexible skills. And education systems are geared towards a public sector job market that is shrinking, and for entry to post-secondary education. Most don’t make it. And those who do emerge with skills that are largely irrelevant to the needs of employers. (via Education failures fan the flames in the Arab world « World Education Blog)

CAIRO, Egypt, 18 FEBRUARY 2011 – UNICEF has launched a psycho-social support programme for children who were affected by violence during the uprising in Egypt in recent weeks.
Social workers and teachers are being trained to identify signs of trauma and stress, provide psychological support and refer cases to specialized services when needed. The training will also be offered via video conferencing to reach teachers across the country.  Psychologists will provide special on-the -job coaching to teachers and social workers in the areas that were most affected.
(via UNICEF - Egypt - Psycho-social support for children caught in violence on Egypt’s streets)

CAIRO, Egypt, 18 FEBRUARY 2011 – UNICEF has launched a psycho-social support programme for children who were affected by violence during the uprising in Egypt in recent weeks.

Social workers and teachers are being trained to identify signs of trauma and stress, provide psychological support and refer cases to specialized services when needed. The training will also be offered via video conferencing to reach teachers across the country.  Psychologists will provide special on-the -job coaching to teachers and social workers in the areas that were most affected.

(via UNICEF - Egypt - Psycho-social support for children caught in violence on Egypt’s streets)

World Education, Inc. began working in Egypt in 1997 to increase the capacity of local institutions to improve the social and economic conditions of poor Egyptians, primarily women. Since then, World Education Egypt has implemented strong programs in economic development, environmental health and sanitation education, reproductive health (RH), integrated literacy, community support for education, and school governance and management, with special emphasis on supporting girls’ and women’s empowerment, participation, and leadership in all areas.
 (via World Education Egypt)

World Education, Inc. began working in Egypt in 1997 to increase the capacity of local institutions to improve the social and economic conditions of poor Egyptians, primarily women. Since then, World Education Egypt has implemented strong programs in economic development, environmental health and sanitation education, reproductive health (RH), integrated literacy, community support for education, and school governance and management, with special emphasis on supporting girls’ and women’s empowerment, participation, and leadership in all areas.

 (via World Education Egypt)