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Egypt Education Reform Program (ERP)

Dates: 2004-2009

Country: Egypt

Client(s): USAID

Services: Capacity Building, Education Management Information Systems

Expertise: Basic Education for Children and Adults, Girls' and Women's Education


Egypt's education system is highly centralized and gives authority to the Ministries of Local Administration and Finance to make the majority of decisions facing schools in Egypt. As a result, community participation in education is scarce and parents are often reluctant to become more involved in their children's education. Moreover, schools are often faced with overcrowded classrooms, under-qualified teachers and inadequate resources.

The Egypt Education Reform Project, a five-year program funded by USAID, addressed these issues through an integrated approach that combined community mobilization, nonformal education such as life skills and literacy training, school construction, teacher training, and girls' scholarships while ensuring effective leadership and participation on the part of the Egyptian government. In partnership with American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Educational Development Center (EDC), WEI worked through an integrated approach to strengthen community participation, professional development, decentralization, standards, and monitoring and evaluation within the education system. To this end, WEI's interventions through ERP prioritized community mobilization, non-formal education such as life skills and literacy training, and effective, decentralized leadership and participation on the part of the Government of Egypt. Nonformal education interventions included efforts to review progress in the development of decentralized plans for adult literacy in close collaboration with the Adult Education Authority at the national level.

WEI technical support in the area of community participation was tailored specifically to the School-Based Reform (SBR) approach; a process rooted in recognizing the school as the locus of change through which quality education is achieved. WEI has been instrumental in reviving and establishing Boards of Trustees (BOTs) throughout participating schools, which serve to hold schools accountable for the development and management of their school improvement plans. By the fall of 2009, a total of 268 new BOTs had been established and training provided to school-based social workers to activate and mobilize BOTs to practice good governance for educational improvements and refrom. Watch a video of how the project is working with Boards of trustees to improve education.

Additionally, to strengthen management and governance of schools at the national level, WEI trained 1,465 Ministry of Education staff and data collectors to support and carry out data collection, exceeding project targets by over 400 trainees. Complementing these efforts, 433 personnel from the MOE Policy and Strategic Planning Unit and the General Department of Information Statistics and Computing were trained in the Education Management Information System (EMIS) in this WEI-initiated effort.

World Education successfully implemented ERP for USAID from 2004 to 2009. For further information about this project's activities, please contact wei@worlded.org

 

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