North Sinai witnessed educational boom last 7 years

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Thu, 10 Jun 2021 - 09:31 GMT

Students attend class on the first day of their new school year at a government school in Giza, south of Cairo, September 22, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Students attend class on the first day of their new school year at a government school in Giza, south of Cairo, September 22, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

CAIRO – 10 June 2021: North Sinai governorate witnessed a boom in educational projects during the last seven years.

 

During this period, repair and maintenance of existing facilities, expansions and construction of new schools, classrooms and administrations were carried out at a cost of more than L.E. 817, 441, 296 million.

 

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education in Sinai Hamza Radwan said that since 2013-2014 until 2020-2021, the number of schools established has reached 69 schools and 729 classrooms, while the implementation of 8 schools and 115 classrooms is underway.

 

The future plan includes establishing 38 schools and 373 classrooms.

 

Among the under-construction educational projects in North Sinai is Egyptian-Japanese School in Al-Arish, at a cost of 16 million and 830 thousand pounds.

 

Governor of North Sinai Major General Abdel Fadil Shousha confirmed that service buildings are being constructed in Al-Arish, Bir al-Abed, al-Hasna, and Nakhal at a total cost of 17 million and 346 thousand pounds. The KG classes and experimental schools are being expanded to meet the needs of parents to enroll their children in.

 

This comes as part of the developmental projects of the nation-wide initiative “Haya Karima” [translated to Decent Life] that targets upgrading life aspects in countryside, including educational aspects.

 

Upgrading education

 

Egypt’s social initiative “Haya Karima” is targeting investments into upgrading the quality of education services in Egyptian villages.

 

The initiative includes establishing governmental and private universities, as well as mobile classrooms in all governorates.

 

The strategy also seeks to link the technical education system to the labor market and expanding technological universities.

 

The initiative plans to pump L.E. 7.5 billion into developing educational system in villages as part of the first phase; the plan includes establishing schools.

 

 

About Haya Karima

 

In 2020, Haya Karima or “Decent Life” was announced as a non-profit organization to implement the objectives of the initiative. A cooperation between three main ministries: Local Development, Social Solidarity and Planning, in addition to the participation of 16 civil society institutions.

 

The initiative has provided financial support to the most needy citizens, as well as services including medical, residential and job opportunities.

 

A study by the Egyptian Center for Strategic Studies has revealed how the social initiative “Haya Karima” has changed the livelihoods in the Egyptian villages.

 

The study said that there was 75 percent of the villages in Egypt suffer apparent shortage in some development sectors, services and facilities such as clean water networks, sanitation and gas, electricity, schools and hospitals.

 

The study has confirmed that “Haya Karima” has worked to improve the standard of living and provide job opportunities in small and medium enterprises for the poor in the most needy areas.

 

The second phase of the Haya Karima initiative will target 4,670 villages in the coming two years.

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