Over 100 teachers from technical schools in Luxor participated in the workshop – Courtesy of UNIDO official website
CAIRO – 19 July 2017: More than 100 teachers celebrated the completion of the Entrepreneurship Curriculum Program (ECP) on Monday, July 17. The program was implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in 19 technical secondary schools in the Luxor governorate, Upper Egypt.
This happens when teachers have finished a two-week-long entrepreneurship education workshop organized by UNIDO to acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge about the program in order to transfer it to students in Luxor.
ECP is a cost-effective investment to prepare young youth in rural and urban areas to set up businesses or take financial risks to gain profits, laying the ground for private sector development. It was introduced by UNIDO to general secondary schools or technical and vocational schools.
UNIDO assists authorities in 11 countries to develop their own curriculum with syllabi, textbooks and teacher’s guides.
This program, funded by the government of Japan, is implemented in Upper Egypt by UNIDO in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Education and Technical Education, and the Luxor governorate.
Thousand and seven hundred students in Luxor learn from ECP the skills of “communication, leadership, team-work, problem solving and risk taking.”
“Promoting entrepreneurship in Egypt is one of the key objectives of the ministry’s strategy for sustainable development, and introducing entrepreneurial skills to school students is an essential tool to achieve that,” said Dr. Shereen El Sabbagh, head of the policy unit and supervisor of development programs at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Lots of positive results were seen, as students in Luxor “started forming their own groups and came up with business ideas and are working on them now as we speak,” added Mr. Mohamed Fahim, a teacher at Luxor Crafts School.
UNIDO will extend this program in the Sohag governorate in 2017/2018, after attaining great success in the Qena governorate in 2015/2016 and the Luxor governorate in 2016/2018.