*Egypt was among the first countries to show strong interest in the UNGEI. After the initial discussions were conducted with country representatives during the months of May and June 2000, on 24 October Egypt became the first country to officially join the UNGEI. A major national meeting, organised on UN day, and hosted by the Minster of Education, brought together Government representatives, national research institutes, UN entities, bilaterals, and NGOs. The Government acknowledged that there existed major gender disparities in basic education that were not evidenced by national level statistics. Launching the Initiative, the Egyptian Minister of Education expressed a firm commitment to cooperate with the UN system and all other partners in improving girls’ education. He further committed to take two pilot projects to scale (the community school and one-room school models for reaching the unreached children, especially girls). The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, headed by H.E. Dr. Moushira Khattab, will lead the Initiative in Egypt. The Ministry has decided to work Governorate by Governorate, assigning each participating entity a number of Governorates.


Highlights of the UN Collaborative Action in Egypt


In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, UNESCO helped draft a “National EFA Assessment Report” in preparation for the International Consultative Forum on Education For All (Brazil 2000). Cooperating and associated agencies include UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, and the World Bank. The EFA 2000 Assessment is a major, global endeavour that aims to enable participating countries to construct a comprehensive picture of their progress towards their own Education for All goals since the 1990 Jomtien Conference. The aim of the exercise is also to help in revisiting priorities, overcoming obstacles, accelerating process, and generally revising national plans of action, accordingly. (from Resident Coordinator's Annual Report 2000)



Chapter 7 from Partnerships for Girls' Education: Innovation and mediation: the case of Egypt [PDF]


*from UNDG.org