FILE: Khaled Abdel Ghaffar – Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
CAIRO – 31 July 2018: Minister of Education, Tarek Shawki, and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, launched the official ministerial summit for ICT innovation in education and digital inclusion for the MENA region on July 30, 2018.
The summit is held for the first time in Egypt. It is organized by UK 's Brains Innovation Summits Company, in collaboration with the Egyptian ministries of education and technical education, communications and IT, and higher education.
Almost 22 government ministers from across the MENA region and Sub-Saharan Africa participated in the summit.
The summit focuses on technology because education and technology come hand in hand to enable users to learn more efficiently.
The British companies taking part are pioneers in Ed Tech. The firms include innovative sharks like Blippit which assists both teachers and students to come up with beneficial educational apps.
Humanware is another UK participant; the firm focuses on building apps that assist the blind and vision-impaired individuals to learn more easily.
Ed Tech is the future of education, and several British companies are working hard to come up with software that could enable the Egyptian student to study and learn in a more efficient way.
Those who are in need of special care, children, adults, elderly and almost anyone could benefit from the Ed Tech approach.
The summit, held in Egypt, is a golden chance for leading businesses in the field to get together and share best practices.
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Abdel Ghaffar, stated that the summit focuses on innovation and IT, referring to the high competition that the digital world witnesses nowadays.
The minister stressed that technology and innovation are the main forces that drive, improve and enrich any educational system.
The minister further stated that strategies of scientific research and innovation are will be implemented in Egypt’s vision 2030 in order to achieve sustainable development.
The minister further commented that the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research will take a new approach to encourage youth to innovate and improve their learning abilities and knowledge through focusing on Ed Tech.
According to Abdel Ghaffar, Egypt has jumped 10 ranks in the Global Innovation ranking, reaching the position 95.
Abdel Ghaffar assured the attendees that the ministry will always be committed to improve education in Egypt and improve the skills of the Egyptian students in general.
The summit is hosted by Egypt to encourage investing in the country and to create a regional market focusing on direct projects and co-operation with the private-sector.
Egypt aims to be the regional leader in IT innovations and digital creativity.
British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson said:
“Education is the key to unleashing Egypt’s potential, and new technology can get world class education to new people and places it has never reached before. Britain leads the world in using technology to transform education and so we are working closely with Egypt to make sure Egyptians can benefit from exciting new ways to access education and take control of their learning. We’re proud of British expertise in knowledge-intensive sectors from education to as technology and finance, and we are determined to use them to help Egyptian enterprise and innovation create jobs to help all Egyptians.’’