Screenshot during the “How do we build future leaders?" session
CAIRO - 5 November 2018: Egypt's new education system is designed to discover talents and build leaders through teaching them key characteristics, revealed Egyptian Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdelghafar and Egyptian Minister of Education Tarek Shawky during a session titled, “How do we build future leaders?". The session comes during the third day of the second edition of the World Youth Forum.
"No two students will take the same subjects. Each student will take the subjects that are suitable for their talents; there will be compulsory courses and electives. The electives will prepare the student for what comes next for them," Shawky revealed.
The minister explained that the new education system is designed to discover talents early on so that the school and teachers can work to develop them as appropriate, explained Shawky.
The current system, he explained, does not take into account the fact that students have different talents and abilities, and measures their success in a basic way. The new system will fix this issue and build on individual’s abilities.
“We want to find these talents early on so we can work on it," Shawky explained.
“For those who are asking why we are changing the educational system,” Shawky said, “we are doing this because the old educational system did not really discover the talents of people. Some people have talents that are related to science but some have talents in the arts and music.”
“Developing education in Egypt was a dream and now it is coming true,” Shawky stated.
The educational system will also take into account the changes that will happen to society.
In similar vein, Abdelghafar explained that the program they have built that strategies the development of education in Egypt has been drawn through studies by experts. The developments in the education program is also built to align with Egypt's 2030 Agenda.
“Education is essential in building leadership, it is not simply a genetic trait,” Abdelghafar said.
The second annual edition of the WYF will tackle two main axes: peace and development. The forum will bring together 5,000 youths represented by 60 delegations from across the world to explore key issues facing their generation, and determine their role in implementing the global development goals and in facing terrorism.
The first axis will discuss reconstructing post-conflict countries and societies, the role of world leaders in achieving peace, the duty of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance and counter-terrorism, and the Euro-Mediterranean partnership.
The axis of development will include topics related to energy and water security, empowerment of people with disabilities, the role of voluntary work in building societies, the agenda of 2063 African Sustainable Development, digital citizenship, the role of art and cinema in shaping communities, ways to build future leaders, and means of shrinking the gender gap in the work force.
The WYF 2018 agenda
According to the agenda of the World Youth Forum, on Nov. 1 and 2, the forum witnessed pre-workshops related to the "agenda 2063: The Africa We Want" and "Empowering Persons with Disabilities: Towards a More Integrated World."
The opening of the World Youth Theater took place on Friday, November 2. The actual discussion sessions are planned to start on November 4, where participants will discuss a number of issues, including differences among cultures and civilizations, the role of world leaders in building and sustaining peace, the role of soft power in countering ideological extremism and terrorism, and Day Zero: Water security in the wake of climate change.
On November 5, the sessions will tackle the role of entrepreneurs and start-ups in global economic growth, rebuilding societies and states after conflicts, narrowing the gender gap in the labor market and humanitarian assistance: A global responsibility in the face of challenges.
The forum's closing session and the announcement of the World Youth Forum 2018's recommendations will take place on Nov. 6.