1162 ‘girls-friendly’ schools established in Egypt since 2003: minister
Minister of Population Hala Youssef - YOUM7

CAIRO: Egypt has established 1,162 “girls-friendly” schools since 2003 in eight governorates to bring the drop-out girls back to the educational system, said Egypt’s Minister of Population Hala Youssef told Youm7 Wednesday.

The girls-friendly school initiative was launched in 2000 to reduce the educational gap between males and females. The schools are meant to be for girls only and close to towns and villages, eliminating the reason of distant schools that prompt families to not send their daughters to schools.

She added that these schools belong to the Ministry of Education and receive technical support from the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM,) Youm7 reported.

The schools depend on the active education methodology, to promote the girls’ skills, exchange expertise, reduce the male-female gap in the basic educational stages and enhance the quality of education, said Youssef.

The Ministry of Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding and a cooperation protocol with NCCM to bring the drop-out girls back to the educational system.

Another cooperation protocol was signed between Apache Oil Corporation and the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood to maintain schools and provide them with the technical and medical support.

Apache renovated 14 schools in Fayoum from January to March 2015.

The drop-out girls will complete their education inside their towns, as the main reason of their dropout is their schools being distant and the medical state of the girls.

The technical support is provided for the schools through workshops for teachers, awareness seminars for girls’ parents on the importance of education for their children’s future. The system also includes “incentives” for girls, such as meals and school tools, according to Youssef.

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