CAIRO - 1 December 2022: The Egyptian Senate Committee on Education and Scientific Research has reached a package of important recommendations regarding the image of women in educational curricula, foremost of which is the review of educational curricula for further progress in this field.
The committee recommended the removal of any form of discrimination against women, and that the review should not only apply to educational curricula and textbooks, but to all school activities, as well as documenting the efforts of the Ministry of Education and the Sheikh of Al-Azhar in developing curricula to support and present the image of women positively.
The recommendations included ensuring that the curricula include positive images of women in the various scientific and creative fields, emphasizing the empowerment of women instead of the stereotypical image of marginalized women, as well as qualifying everyone related to the curricula (the author, anyone who does graphic work, drawing, choosing images, the teacher, and others). ), before embarking on their mission so that the ideas express the reality and the desired future for women.
In her proposal, Member Hind Mamdouh stressed that despite the progress made by women on the economic, social and educational fronts and the great support of the political leadership to empower them in all fields and to assign the government to implement the strategic plan of the National Council for Women in 2017 in order to empower women economically, socially and politically in line with the state’s plan for sustainable development 2030.
The committee discussed that the culture of society still supports stereotypes of women based on norms, customs and traditions, many of which have already changed on the ground, but the society still adopts them and devotes to their continuity.
The political leadership paid great attention to women and gave them rights and gains that they did not have before, which must find an echo of the state’s endeavor to empower women in the educational curricula, especially since this image will not only reflect positively on society’s future vision for women, but also will have the greatest impact internationally in raising Egypt's global ranking in this field.
The member further explained that despite the efforts made, whether by the Ministry of Education or by Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, to positively develop curricula in this regard, the status of women in society and the issue of equality between men and women, there is still a clear obscuration in the history books of the great roles played by women throughout the ages and through which they left a clear impact. Likewise, with regard to choosing literary subjects, the curricula rarely included any writings by creative women, despite the existence of many models that had an influential creative imprint.
The member stressed the need to conduct a social analysis of the curricula in the various educational stages, so that the image of women in the educational curricula becomes clear.