EU and Egypt cooperate to improve access to education for most vulnerable children
August 1, 2016
The EU-funded project ‘Expanding Access to Education and Protection for at Risk Children’ has held its first Steering Committee meeting. The overall objective of this five-year programme is to increase access to education for the most vulnerable and socially-excluded children in Egypt and to strengthen the country’s child protection system. The EU has allocated a grant of 30 million Euros for this project.
The project, implemented by UNICEF, seeks to increase the number of community schools in the country, to make it easier for out-of-school children to have a primary education. It will further help all disabled children attend a primary school that is suited to their special needs and situations. 200 public primary schools will be upgraded to cater to the needs of 6,000 additional children with disabilities following the “inclusive school model”. Around 20,000 children will be supported by effective child protection mechanisms in 15 governorates.
The Steering Committee oversees the programme implementation and agrees on its overall direction, including the selection of piloted governorates. It ensures national ownership, guarantees a participative decision-making process, and maintains a dialogue between all stakeholders at the central level to support implementation at the sub-national level.
The Steering Committee is composed of the Ministry of International Cooperation, the Ministry of Education, the National Council of Childhood and Motherhood, the Ministry of Local Development, the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Ministry of Health and Population. The EU Delegation takes part in the Committee as an observer.