The U.S. Agency for International Development and the TILO team are working closely with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and private sector partners to develop scalable models to integrate the use of education technology into school based reform activities in ways that improve student learning outcomes.
Girls' Improved Learning Outcomes (GILO) is a three-year project funded by USAID in Egypt that aims to increase the enrollment, attendance, and achievement of girls in select primary, preparatory, and basic education schools in Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minia, and Qena governorates.
The EGRA-a 15-minute oral assessment conducted one-on-one with the pupil to measure proficiency in reading fluency, comprehension, phonemic awareness, letter knowledge, and other foundation skills-was developed by the Research Triangle Institute and has been applied in several African countries in both English and French, the two official languages in the study sample.
Keys has worked with Egyptian linguists and educators to pilot the first Arabic adaptation of the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA). Test results have been used to identify learning barriers and prepare appropriate trainings to give Egyptian teachers the skills and tools they need to improve teaching practice and student learning.
The YELLA Program provides preparatory and secondary schools, youth centers, and university career centers - both private and public - a curriculum of leadership learning lessons and resources that builds their capacity to deliver youth leadership programming in the future. YELLA is empowering the participating students and educators to think about leadership in new ways, to take initiative with responsibility for their own actions, and to actively volunteer in their communities.
The mandate of EQUIP1/ERP is to assure quality education for all Egyptian children in schools that are themselves committed to continuous improvement through processes that the schools and communities control. AIR with its partners, Educational Development Center (EDC) and World Education (WE) works to achieve this aim through a strategy of School Based Reform.
School Based Reform (SBR) is a process rooted in recognizing the school as the change agent through which quality education is achieved. A quality education is one that addresses the child’s intellectual, social, psychological and physical development. The primary stakeholders whom an effective SBR approach must address are: teachers, school leadership and governance structures, communities and parents, and the governmental systems which support the schools. Yet, while all of these stakeholders are important and have their roles to play in improving the quality of education and learning outcomes; the reform is driven from the base of the school.
ERP/EQUIP1’s approach to School Based Reform will empower school communities to direct their own change process. It will be based on a partnership among the government, schools and civil society; and providing schools with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively implement the Egyptian standards to achieve accreditation for schools. ERP/EQUIP1 will support schools and communities to make the changes needed to produce positive outcomes in the cognitive, social and behavioral skills of all learners.
The Partnership began in 1997 as a corporate initiative of Discovery Communications, in line with its mission to help people explore their world and satisfy their curiosity. The Partnership extends these opportunities to people living in underserved areas who would otherwise have little access to educational resources. Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership applies a unique and sustainable approach for bringing information to underserved communities: through Learning Centers. Learning Centers are locally-managed, television-based media hubs, located primarily in existing schools and equipped to meet the area's educational needs. Over a three-year period, the Partnership works closely with a community to develop a Center and ensure its on-going impact and success.
CARE Egypt is an international non-profit, non-sectarian development NGO that works with the most marginalized communities in Egypt as part of CARE International. Today, CARE's work is focused primarily on Upper Egypt, where it works closely through a rights-based approach with the poor and marginalized, civil society, and government institutions to improve livelihoods on a sustainable basis. Using community-generated strategies and local resource mobilization, CARE's work encompasses a number of different sectors including Women Rights Water and Sanitation, Education, Good Governance, and Agriculture and Marketing.
Launched in October 2006, Discovery is an independent, semester-long, extracurricular program of leadership learning activities designed for public university students in Egypt. The Program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) Center for Leadership Excellence based in Cairo in partnership with Keys to Effective Learning and Creative Encounters. The Program’s development and pilot semesters were made possible through a generous grant by the Ford Foundation Regional Office in Cairo. The Program enables students to assume leadership roles with confidence and act as student role models at the university and community levels and within the national and global arena.