Ministry of Communications and Information Technology United Nations Development Programme in Egypt ICT TRUST FUND Egypt Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Trust Fund was established jointly by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology “MCIT” and the United Nations Development Programme “UNDP”. The Fund’s main purpose is to use ICTs to further socio-economic development in Egypt by increasing awareness of its benefits, and by making it more accessible and affordable to all citizens. Through a series of coordinated projects, the Fund empowers communities by providing access to appropriate information. These initiatives are Mobile Internet Unit “MIU”, Smart Schools Initiative, Community Development Portal, CD-ROM tutorial for basic literacy and Community Knowledge Generation e-Library Initiative. Arab Republic of Egypt Ministry of Communications and Information Technology § L N u ¸ ¥ W ± B d « F d ° O W SMART SCHOOLS NETWORK Concept: Technical and educational support for educational establishments, to be introduced in a pilot project covering 50 public schools Objectives: • Ensure that all Egyptian students are computer literate after preparatory/middle school in preparation for the modern workplace • Provide a level of exposure to ICT that will help identify from an early stage those students with special talent for further training • Provide a first, integrated move toward a global modernization plan for the Egyptian schooling system • Provide a model for introducing basic computer literacy to preparatory schools (levels 7–9) Contents: • Computer education • IT-aided learning • School Management System Contact Information Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Informatics Infrastructure Programme 27 Mohy El Din Abu El Ezz, Dokki, Giza, Egypt. Tel: 202 761 7888 Fax: 202 760 6694 www.ictfund.org.eg www.mcit.gov.eg IT FOR ILLITERACY ERADICATION (CD-ROM TUTORIAL FOR BASIC LITERACY) Concept: A simple, self based, interactive computer tutorial requiring minimal input from the student to promote basic literacy, to be distributed through the IT Club network and in General Authority for Literacy Adult Education (GALAE) classes through NGOs and other social service and education providers. Objectives: • Encourage people through the use of computers and CD-ROM-based multimedia technology to learn the basics of literacy • Produce an educational content for illiterate youth with emphasis on women using Information and Communication Technology Contents: • Generic topics of every day's life with special emphasis on health, family care, education, political rights, environment,… added drama, and songs to set the scene and send the required message • Added activities to enhance the user capabilities. • The developed content will be available through CD or the Internet ICT TRUST FUND PROJECTS