Anti-illiteracy initiative in Ismailia
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CAIRO: The General Authority for Literacy and Adult Education (GALAE) in cooperation with Endowment Ministry launched a campaign to combat illiteracy in the Suez-Canal governorate of Ismailia, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

During the month of Ramadan, 84 educational seminars will be convened in five mosques across the governorate in order to raise the public awareness on the issue; said GALAE’s head Ahmed Abdel-Kader.

“Our goal is to declare Ismailia an illiteracy-free governorate by 2015,” said Kader.

Last week, the GALAE branch in Ismailia also signed a cooperation protocol with the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels at Suez Canal University to fight adult illiteracy.

The government announced on its official site, the State Information Service, that it is implementing a national campaign to combat illiteracy, and educate adults through development projects in populous districts and slums.

A 2006 CAPMAS report said that the overall illiteracy rate in Egypt reached 29.3 percent of the population in 2006; the rate among males between 10-24 fell from 17 percent in 1997 to nine percent in 2006, while the rate dropped from 28 percent to 14 percent among females during the same period.

In its meeting in June, thesocial service council of Cairo University stressed the importance of educating 1.2 million illiterate persons in the governorate of Giza, which has the highest percentage of illiteracy in the country, according to Al-Ahram.

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