"Education" holds the first meeting of the advisory council for the development of technical education
Dr. Tarek Shawky, Minister of Education and Technical Education, chaired the first meeting of the advisory council to support the strategy of transition to technical education 2.0, in the presence of Dr. Mohamed Megahed, Deputy Minister of Education for Technical Education, Dr. Reda Hegazy, Deputy Minister for Teachers’ Affairs, and Dr. Ahmed Daher, Deputy Minister for Technological Development And a number of leaders of the ministry and the US Agency for International Development.
Dr. Tarek Shawky, Minister of Education and Technical Education, welcomed the attendees, expressing his happiness at the convening of the first meeting of the advisory council to support the strategy of transition to technical education 2.0, noting that education represents a national security issue, which makes it a top priority for the Egyptian state, as it has With the utmost interest of the political leadership at the highest levels, represented by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, President of the Republic, who spares no effort to provide all forms of support to the educational system, in an effort to develop it with all its components, enhance the quality of its services, and improve the economic, social and professional conditions of its workers. As well as upgrading the level of educational and educational experiences, as well as the professional acquired by students and graduates.
Shawky explained that there is a challenge in providing more than 700,000 young men and women who graduate from technical education annually, the skills and competencies required by the labor market, and the ministry faces many challenges in order to achieve this, stressing that the first step to reform any system is to recognize the existence of the problem. And analyze their causes and confront them. There are challenges related to quality within the technical education system, in addition to the challenges of harmonizing programs with the needs of the labor market, and the efficiency of technical education teachers, as well as challenges related to our preparations and flexibility in establishing real partnerships with the private sector.
The Minister of Education explained that the Egyptian technical education system faces challenges outside the scope of the ministry, such as the culture of students and parents in limiting the pursuit to a limited goal of obtaining a paper called “certificate” or “diploma” instead of seeking to acquire real skills and competencies, in addition to the fact that no That many private sector companies, especially small companies, provide decent job opportunities, with fair salaries, and real career advancement opportunities for technical workers, enough to attract young graduates of technical education, saying that one of the most important challenges that we must join together for is changing the culture of Society, which is characterized by an unfair view of students and graduates of technical education.
The Minister of Education said that we still have a long way to go, this is just the beginning, but we have a lot of the main ingredients for success, noting that we are sure that we will achieve more successes and achievements based on a clear vision on the part of the Ministry, and in light of specific priorities supported by it. Supporting all national and international partners, stressing that we are confident that enhancing coordination will have a great impact on improving the quality of technical education graduates, which will enable the private sector to expand its investments, after the availability of a skilled workforce, which lives up to international standards.
At the conclusion of his speech, Dr. Tariq Shawky expressed his hope for the active participation of the attendees and to provide advice and directions to be taken into consideration for the next stage of implementing the strategy. National and international partners, as well as the partners, representatives of the private sector supporting reform efforts, and Dr. Muhammad Mujahid and the work team for their efforts in organizing this important event.
During the meeting, Dr. Muhammad Mujahid, Deputy Minister of Education for Technical Education Affairs, reviewed the technical education reform strategy 2.0, which is represented in a technical education system with international standards that meets the requirements of the labor market for the skilled workforce, noting that the ministry’s message is committed to ensuring a comprehensive, high-quality technical education. And lifelong learning opportunities in accordance with international quality standards, taking into account the technological transformation in line with the continuous economic development in Egypt and the sustainable development of Vision 2030 by providing the local, regional and international labor market with skilled workers, according to the needs of the private sector and cooperation with it.
Dr. Mohamed Megahed indicated that the priorities for the next three years in technical education are based on reviewing the activities of the technical education strategy 2.0, and a vision for digitization: monitoring and evaluation systems, infrastructure, digital content development, digital assessments, blended learning methodologies, transforming commercial and service education, and reforming The labor system, the reform of the five-year schools, in addition to the reform of the capital system
Dr. Mohamed Megahed added that the priorities also include focusing on the language skills of teachers and thus students, twinning arrangements or strategic partnership for the Technical and Vocational Education Teachers Academy (TVETA), in addition to national and regional skills competitions, while working to improve the governance of technical and vocational education and training, and developing the national framework for qualifications (NQF), and implement a national strategy to change the image of TVET.
The technical team of the international development partners also discussed the technical education strategy, the achievements made during the past period, and some challenges that must be faced, in addition to an open discussion by members of the advisory board.
The meeting was attended by Laura Gonzalez, Director of the Economic Growth Office of the US Agency for International Development, Ibrahim Al-Afia, Minister Plenipotentiary and Head of the Cooperation Section of the European Union Delegation to Egypt, Dr. Mohamed Emara, Head of the Technical Education and Equipment Sector, Dr. Hanim Ahmed, Advisor to the Minister for International Cooperation, and Dr. Ahmed El-Ashmawy, Member The Technical Education Development Advisory Board, the heads of the various federations, representatives from the ministries of planning and economic development, trade, industry and international cooperation, representatives of the private sector, representatives of international development partners from the German Embassy GiZ, KfW, partners from USAID and the “Egypt Workforce” project The European Union delegation in Egypt, TVET-II project officials, partners from the Swiss Embassy in Egypt, and technical teams of international development projects working in the field of technical education.