Egypt launches National Education Project in 6th National Youth Conference



Sat, 28 Jul 2018 - 07:59 GMT


Sat, 28 Jul 2018 - 07:59 GMT

President Abd Al Fatah Al Sisi during the sixth National Youth Conference – TV Screenshot

President Abd Al Fatah Al Sisi during the sixth National Youth Conference – TV Screenshot

CAIRO - 28 July 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi attended on Saturday the 6th edition of National Youth Conference (NYC) at Cairo University. All education reforms plans were displayed on the first day, while the president will answer on Sunday questions by citizens as part of his initiative “Ask the President”.

Below is a live streaming of the conference:

Up to 3000 young people are to attend the two-day event, and choosing

Cairo University

campus has a significant meaning, as it the theme is human development and education reforms.

This is the first youth conference for President Sisi in his second term in the office, where he will answer up to 600 questions of the youth, and will honor the achievement of number of students and other young alumni.

President Abd Al Fatah Al Sisi during the sixth National Youth Conference – TV Screenshot

The first day of the conference was the launching platform for the National Education Project in Egypt.

Education Development Strategy Session

President Abd Al Fatah Al Sisi during the sixth National Youth Conference – TV Screenshot


If teachers' salaries are increased by LE1,000, LE16 billion will be needed causing an overloading budget, Sisi said in response to demands of raises highlighting that citizens would not afford paying for such cost. He added that the costs of new cities under construction are not part of the state's budget as such projects are channels to generate revenues for the state.

President Abd Al Fatah Al Sisi during the sixth National Youth Conference – TV Screenshot


Education reforms will succeed through the cooperation and understanding of citizens. Otherwise, the deterioration in education will be further manifested in all other life aspects, the president stipulated.


The president advises people not to be afraid from education reforms as the current system produces neither well educated nor highly skilled citizens resulting in a mismatch between their qualifications and market needs.


Egypt is the only country that launched a digital knowledge bank in cooperation with the best establishments in the world, Sisi said.


The ministry had no property rights over school books which has given rise to other books having the same content but different format. That has changed as the ministry possesses 70 percent of property rights over school books after they have been improved in format and layout, while publishers own the rest, Shawky added.


English language will be taught starting KG2. Also, Arabic language teaching will be improved. Starting grade 7, another foreign language will be mandatory and all subjects will be taught in English at public schools, the minister said.


The development of new curricula was assumed by public specialized centers and reviewed by foreign experts from reputable establishments such as Discovery Education, Shawky explained.


A number of schools called "Schools of Applied Technology" will be established whereas students would receive technical training as part of their degree requirements in collaboration with the private sector and get paid.


The high school degree will be on the school level and not on a national level, the minister said.


The system will be first applied in grade 10 and there will be no grading in the first year of application, the minister said.


The content will be derived from Pearson, Britannica, Discovery Education, and others. That is in addition to American curricula, the minister revealed.


Tables can be connected to internet cables in schools and cultural centers to have access to the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) for free. Students can pay a small fee to have access at home by installing a chip. The target is 750,000 students who are not allowed to lose or sell the tablet, the Minister said.


A test bank will be created so that schools can request tests to be sent to the student's tablets directly, the minister added highlighting that the devices would be distributed to high school students by September 22 without any fees. Students will be able to take oral tests on the tablet as well as do scientific sketching.


In 2021, there will be no Thanawya Amma, Shawky revealed.


Primary education constitutes 40 percent of pre-university education, minister stated.


Schools currently do not teach students about their identity, Shawky highlights.


Public schools whereas Arabic is the medium of education constitute 84 percent of all schools, Minister of Education Tarek Shawky said.


Vox Pops on the flaws of the current pre-education system is aired.

Egyptian Human Development Strategy Session

President Sisi declared that strategy as priority during his second inauguration ceremony in June. The session includes a panel discussion by a number of young members in different political parties.

Egyptian Human Development Strategy Session during the 6th Youth Conference - TV Screenshot


President Sisi said he was upset about the hashtag demanding his resignation as a response to his endeavors to eliminate poverty.


The president questioned whether the masses understand that the country has been targeted for destruction. He addressed those having fear that religious discourse reforms would make the creed collapse saying that promoting war and violence as the norm is quite detrimental to religious core values. The president stipulated the role of education and mass communication in establishing values essential for pushing the country forward.


Human development is a global challenge, President Sisi stated highlighting that the duty of all prophets was promoting certain value sets among people. Now, we want values that cope with humanity and global needs.


The visual identity of Luxor that can be put on tickets, posters, and T-shirts was displayed.


I work on making an Egyptian visual identity, Graphic Designer Ghada Wali said. The visual identity is the character of a place, town, or city. The project will be implemented in all governorates.


The ministry is working on introducing fourth industrial revolution fields, Abdel Ghafar said. Those comprise artificial intelligence, 3D printing, Internet of Things (IoT), smart robots, self-driving cars, nomadic computing, and DNA sequence archiving.


We are introducing screenplay writing, dubbing and translation of artistic works in Media schools, Abdel Ghafar stated.


Four public, and seven international universities are under construction, Abdel Ghafar declared.


Three youths took part in the discussion as holograms asking Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghafar about accomplishments achieved.


Only 14 percent of rural areas had sewage systems. Now the percentage almost tripled to 34 percent, the prime minister declared.


We are building a cultural city in the New Administrative City. Many cultural projects across the country - like new opera houses - will finish in two years, the prime minister revealed.


Students in new universities would receive dual degrees in collaboration with foreign establishments, Madbouly added.


The previous government worked on stabilizing the country. Currently, we are working on human development as that would help in eliminating conditions favorable for extremism, Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly said.


Proposals to found decentralized cultural directorates in all governorates to be in charge of holding book fairs, sponsoring and organizing theatrical and literary activities, and assuming fundraising to accomplish such tasks, Essam stated.


When colonization had failed to extend its presence in the country, it attempted to seed fragmentation in the society. A case in point is propagating ideas prioritizing religious affiliation over national affiliation. That is epitomized in the doctrine adopted by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Essam added.


The Egyptian identity is summarized in five points, said Alaa Essam, Tagamoa Party member.

1) Ancient Egyptians were the first to introduce the state concept to regulate agriculture and irrigation and later to establish the rule of law.

2) Promoting sciences in the entire world.

3) Moderation and tolerance.

4) Religion constitutes an integral part of Egypt's identity.

5) Strong sense of belonging.


There has to be more attention to applying scientific research and not just publishing research projects in international publications, Nasr added.


Program members suggest creating a database for extra-curricular activities done by school students, establishing a cultural capital, promoting values essential for development, introducing the national discipline subject in schools, and launching EgyGo to facilitate access to information needed, Nasr said stressing the necessity to promote coding learning.


The Egyptian family, which is a crucial pillar for human development, has been subject to many weaknesses and flaws, Tarek Nasr, member of the Presidential Leadership Program, said suggesting resolving divorce problems and protecting children of divorced parents.


Vox pops by young men and women talking about their research work in different fields were aired.


President of Cairo University Mohamed Othman el-Khosht honored President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi with the shield of the university on Saturday ahead on the sidelines of the first day of the 6th National Youth Conference.

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President of Cairo University Mohamed Othman el-Khosht (L) honors President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (R) with university sheild on June 28, 2018 during the 6th edition of National Youth Conference - Press Photo

Opening Session


Youth are the driving force behind Egypt's reforms and development efforts, Sisi said.

President Abd Al Fatah Al Sisi during the sixth National Youth Conference – TV Screenshot


Two members of the Presidential Leadership program had put the new shoulder marks for Minister of Defense Mohamed Ahmed Zaki as he was promoted to General from Lieutenant General.

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President Abd Al Fatah al-Sisi promotes Defense Minister Mohamed Zaki to General during the sixth National Youth Conference – TV Screenshot

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Youth puts shoulder marks to


The president stressed the importance of the role of the armed forces.


President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi expressed his appreciation and admiration for the entire Egyptian people.


Youth Conference kicks off by documentary featuring key Egyptian youth figures

Those are atomic scientist Samira Mousa, feminist Huda Shaarawy, pilot Lotfia Al Nady, feminist Nabaweya Mousa, nuclear scientist Ali Mostafa Mosharafa, philosopher Ahmed Lotfy El Sayed, and economist Talaat Harb.

Documentry screening story of Hoda Shaarawy, pioneering


Sisi arrives at Cairo University to launch the 6th edition of Youth Conference



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