WF supports various ways of getting to know Egypt. Most important are the opportunities for internships in Egypt offered by our sister institution the Center for Arab-West Understanding.
We have organised academic visits to Egypt and are pleased to do this again. We are also able of providing cultural training and can provide researchers with assistance through our Egyptian Research Assistance Programme.
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Women make up half of the Egyptian general population and half of all university students, yet they constitute less than 25 percent of the labor force. While many women here say they are grateful for education equality, others say a woman’s role is still in the home. Bothina Kamel, the only woman presidential candidate running in the spring 2012 elections, she intends to focus her campaign on marginalized groups, including women.
CAIRO, EGYPT – Saadia Mohamed, 36, is married with three kids. As she shops for fruits and vegetables at a local market, she says she loves being a mother. But she says she also enjoys having a career as a high school Arabic teacher.
“If I didn’t have my job, I probably would have [gone] crazy,” Mohamed says as she continues to pick out vegetables. “My kids and my husband are my life, but sometimes it is nice to have a life of my own, even for only a few hours in the day.”
She says her education prepared her for a career.
“After all, I didn't go to college to end up only changing diapers,” she says.
But she says many of her students disagree. She says she feels disgusted when she hears female high school students talk more about boys and their future husbands than their education.
“College should be the next thing on a 16-year-old’s mind, not marriage,” she says.
The Nafham Project, a new online education platform, is working to improve the Egyptian education system by capitalizing on the power of the internet and modern technology. Created in 2012, Nafham, (meaning “we understand” in Arabic), offers interactive online classes for primary and secondary level students. Students have access to videos, social media websites, and other educational resources that teach Egyptian students curricula approved by theEgyptian Ministry of Education.
Students access the material by logging into nafham.com. The coursework is divided by semesters and the semesters are further divided into two additional parts. Instructors are allowed to post creative educational media that supplements the lessons. Parents can track students’ progress through regular reports. The site fosters student participation and accountability by utilizing social media websites likeFacebook.
Nafham is unique because its content - which includes 6,845 videos for 3,000 primary and secondary level lessons – free for students. Its educational videos are between 15 and 20 minutes long. Lessons include a series of corresponding exercises and activities that further engage the students with the coursework. Various groups have had a hand in Nafham’s video production. Some videos are aired on other educational channels while others are created by volunteers and/or even fellow classmates that want to help their peers.
Currently, Egypt’s schools are over capacity. This overflow has taken a toll on the nation and the economy. The Egyptian Information and Decision Support Centerreports that classroom size often exceeds 60 students. It “has a negative impact on student achievement and skill development, and at the same time opens the door to dropping out of school,” states Mohammad Habib, a founding member of Nafham. With over 1.1 million students, Egypt’s education system has trouble providing specialized education tailored to individual students’ needs. Additionally, many Egyptian families struggle to afford the US$100 tuition fees and private tutoring costs.
Nafham’s founders, Mohamad Habib, Mustafa Farhat, Hashem Ali, and Ahmad El Alfi, recognized this dilemma and other problems in Egypt’s education system. They decided to take action. Using the internet as the medium for improvement, they created the “learning management platform” in 2012. Some say it is like the Khan Academy of the Middle East.
The site wants to encourage a love of education and help students grasp the learning process in a digital age, while “erasing crippling cultural obstacles to education success that exist in some environments, such as the phenomenon of ostracizing successful students”. Nafham hopes this is only the beginning of success for Egypt’s education system and the rest of the country.
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