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    Education, ICT Ministers Witness Signing Protocol for Establishing Applied ICT School

    Cairo, 8 July 2020

    The Minister of Education and Technical Education Tarek Shawki and the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat witnessed, today, via videoconference, the signing of a cooperation protocol between the Ministry of Education and Telecom Egypt (TE). The aim is to transform Martyr Amr Mostafa Hosni Industrial Secondary School for Girls into "WE" applied ICT mixed school.
     
    The protocol was signed by the Deputy Minister of Education for Technical Education Mohamed Megahed and TE CEO and Managing Director Adel Hamed.
     
    The Minister of Education said that the applied technology schools system that the Ministry of Education has been establishing since September 2018 aims to create a comprehensive educational system, capable of developing technical education in Egypt and helping it keep pace with the worldís best technical education systems.
     
    This is achieved through preparing developed curricula based on the competencies methodology, to meet the need of the labor market and qualify teachers according to the latest systems and standards through certified trainings provided by local and international experts. This, accordingly, will help equip graduates with the different specializations needed by both the local and the global labor markets, added Shawki.
     
    He also said that the protocol involves launching the first applied technology school, established in the academic year 2020/2021. The aim is to lay the foundation for a continuous partnership between the Ministry of Education and TE that played an effective and leading role, as an Egyptian institution, in contributing to developing the technical education system.
     
    Shawki underlined the Ministry of Educationís keenness to establish more applied technology schools in different economic and services fields, with new majors in line with future jobs. The aim is to provide more students with the opportunity to join such developed technical education schools.
     
    He stated that developing technical education is an investment in human capital, thus ensuring a prosperous future for the economic development plans. Despite the current circumstances, the next few weeks will witness signing a number of protocols for establishing new applied technology schools, in partnership between the Ministry of Education and a number of leading companies in modern economic and service areas, Shawki added.
     
    For his part, the ICT Minister stated that the protocol is within the framework of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) strategy for building the Digital Egypt. The protocol targets collaborating with the Ministry of Education to provide qualified and trained technical calibers in ICT, with international certifications, to meet the needs of the local market and compete at regional and international levels, said Talaat, adding that the cooperation is to extend to other governorates.
     
    In the next two years, TE is to implement projects to extend fiber optic cables and expand the sub-marine cable network, within the framework of developing the ICT infrastructure plan, said the ICT Minister. Such plans require the availability of specialized calibers in ICT, especially in fiber optic technology, software and cybersecurity.
     
    Talaat also highlighted that the cooperation will contribute to changing how technical education is looked at, and building a new culture that helps keep pace with the modern challenges and requirements of education, through creating a complete model for developing students and teachersí skills according to the latest global systems and standards. This is achieved through developing educational curricula and providing students with the required technical skills that enable them to join the labor market, through providing field training, upskilling teachers, and developing and equipping the school infrastructure to create an enabling educational environment for students.
     
    Majors at the school were determined based on studying the actual needs of the labor market. The school includes majors in ICT, computer technology, electronics systems and electrical systems.
     
    The Deputy Minister of Education for Technical Education Mohamed Megahed underlined that the curricula at applied technology schools are prepared according to the competencies methodology international standards, which ensures that graduates acquire the skills, knowledge and behavior needed by the local and the international labor markets.
     
    Study at the school is completed in three years, after which students are granted a certificate of completion of the technical secondary school diploma for applied technology, certified by the Ministry of Education and Technical Education. In addition, students receive a TE-certified certificate of experience, after completing the requested practical training, efficiently, and after receiving the aforementioned certificate from the Ministry of Education, said Megahed.
     
    He also said that an academic partner with international experience in technical education will participate in monitoring the quality of education at the school, to make sure a high quality education is provided and ensure the international accreditation of graduate certificates.
     
    Megahed, in addition, underscored that the applied technology schools system is currently managed in an institutional manner through the operation and management unit of the applied technology schools at the Ministry of Education. As the protocol is signed, the admission of the first batch of students to WE applied technology school will be announced, for those who obtained the preparatory education certificate for the academic year 2019/2020 from Cairo Governorate, with a total of not less than 250 points. Capability assessments and interviews for the applicants will be conducted, as well.
     
    TE CEO Adel Hamed said that TE is proud to sponsor this project, and is keen to fulfill its social responsibility and commitment to support the most impactful issues in health, education and training. Sponsoring such project will help support the technical education system and ensure implementing development projects in the ICT sector, continuously, through bridging the divide between theoretical education and the actual needs of the labor market.






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