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USAID signs $15M agreement with Egypt to improve education

Fri, Nov. 10, 2017
CAIRO – 10 November 2017: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a historic $15 million agreement with the Egyptian Ministry of Education to improve education in Egypt, U.S. Embassy in Cairo announced on its official Twitter account.

USAID stated on its official Facebook account that over 100,000 new teaching materials will be developed, including scripted lesson plans for teachers and books for learners, and over 150,000 early grade teachers will be trained – impacting 7.2 million children in 17,000 schools nationwide.

Earlier, in new steps of improving education in Egypt, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdul Ghaffar attended International Education Conference held in the United Kingdom entitled “Cross Boundary Education in Egypt and the Chances of Investment in the Higher Education”.

Abdul Ghaffar stated that the New Administrative Capital will include six international universities from the United States, Britain, Hungary, Canada, Sweden and France.
“The universities will improve our educational system, as they will qualify graduates for competing internationally,” Abdul Ghaffar stated, adding that the universities' role will not be limited to education only, as part of the budget will be spent on scientific research.

The Egyptian government is concerned with providing all the necessary needs of the Egyptian youth regarding higher education through inserting different fields in both governmental and private universities, as well as providing international education in Egypt.

Egypt seeks to restore its position among high education centers in the Middle East and Africa and to double the number of overseas students. This would increase its national income, attract foreign investments in the higher education sector and help establish branches of international universities in the New Administrative Capital.

During his speech, Abdul Ghaffar stressed on the good relations between Egypt and the U.K., particularly in the scientific and cultural fields and the partnerships promoted between Egyptian and English institutions.
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