Completion of the second phase of the vocational education and training support and reform program for vocational education and training
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The Ministry of International Cooperation and the European Union concluded the activities of the second phase of the program of support and reform of technical and vocational education and TVET training, which comes within the framework of joint cooperation between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the European Union. , with mutual co-financing of 117 million euros, in order to expand the promotion of investment in human capital. Qualification of graduates of technical and vocational education for the labor market, in light of the state’s strategy and vision for achieving sustainable development. The closing ceremony was attended by Christian Berger, the ambassador of the European Union, and representatives of ministries, national authorities and other interested parties, including the Federation of Industries and various provinces that worked on the second phase of the project.
In her speech, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, emphasized the importance and specificity of the technical education and training support and reform program, which is in line with the state’s priorities for the development of the education and vocational training system to meet social demands. and economic needs, promote investment in human capital, increase youth employment opportunities and support the competitiveness of the Egyptian economy.
The Minister of International Cooperation indicated that the program aims to achieve three main axes: improving the management of the technical education and vocational training system in Egypt, developing the quality and specifications related to the technical education and vocational training system, increasing the ability of graduates to enter the labor market and ensuring qualified and trained technical workers, as well as the implementation of numerous activities aimed at professional guidance and counseling for the tourism sector, and the development of skills in targeted economic sectors, and was carried out in integration with development partners, national agencies and the private sector in order to achieve integration and sustainability as would achieve the desired results.
The Minister of International Cooperation emphasized the importance that the Egyptian government attaches to the development of technical education and vocational training by adopting clear strategies, in order to prepare qualified graduates and improve the misconception about technical education and vocational training, and to expand the establishment of technical education. and applied schools covering all disciplines, in order to ensure a strong qualified and trained worker, adding that cooperation with the private sector is one of the important axes on which work is being done to develop technical education through the launch of specialized technological schools with major courses. private sector companies.
Al-Mashat added that the Ministry of International Cooperation is working to improve these priorities through international partnerships with multilateral and bilateral development partners, promoting investments in human capital in a way that contributes to improving the lives of citizens, strengthening partnerships between the government and the private sector. sectors and the provision of concessional development funds and technical support. In the past period, many agreements on development cooperation in this area were signed, including the German Agency for International Cooperation, Italy and other partners.
Al-Mashat referred to the strong partnership between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the European Union, which is reflected in a strong portfolio of development cooperation to implement projects in many areas, including renewable energy, water, transport, agriculture, small, medium and micro enterprises and the availability of mixed financing mechanisms to increase the participation of the private sector in efforts Development, and the current portfolio of development cooperation with the European Union amounts to about 1.3 billion euros.
And she continued: Investing in human capital is one of the priority axes on which the Egyptian government works as part of its development plan to raise the standard of living of citizens and develop skills and abilities in various areas, through the economic and structural reforms that are being implemented, and in this context the Ministry international cooperation has been working since Through international partnerships with multilateral and bilateral development partners to strengthen these efforts and encourage investment in human capital in different sectors.
The current portfolio of development cooperation includes soft development funds aimed at investing in human capital worth about 5.5 billion dollars for the implementation of 149 projects in the sectors of scientific research, education, entrepreneurship, small and medium enterprises, agriculture, food security and social protection.
During the COP27 climate conference, Egypt and Germany signed a series of agreements, including a financial cooperation agreement, which provides grants worth 80 million euros, to support the implementation of three projects in the sectors of supporting competitiveness in the private sector, solid waste management, technical education and vocational training, with a financing agreement for a financial support project for the Comprehensive Technical Education in Egypt initiative worth 26 million euros in favor of the Ministry of Education and Technical Education, with the aim of supporting the establishment of 25 Egyptian centers of excellence and schools of applied technology.
Al-Mashat stated that the Ministry of International Cooperation is interested in all strategies that are being prepared with multilateral and bilateral development partners, which are united by a common factor, which is that they are established according to national priorities, visions and strategies, within the framework of integration and optimal use of comparative the advantages of each of the development partners, in a way to support priority sectors in the country, including technical education and vocational training, explaining that this phase of the program will not be the last, and work will be done with the European Union to expand such programs.
And “Al-Mashat” noted that Egypt aims to open opportunities for the participation of the private sector in development through mega projects implemented under the auspices of Vision 2030 as well as the National Strategy for Climate Change 2050. Continuation: We felt great support from the international community for projects that was launched by Egypt during the Climate Conference is part of the national platform for green projects, the “New” program, which is based on great climate ambitions and projects to be implemented in the sectors of renewable energy, water desalination, food security, agriculture, etc.
It is worth noting that the program began to be implemented in 2013, and was supervised by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, as well as the Ministries of Education, Technical Education, Tourism, Antiquities, Labor Force, Higher Education, Scientific Research, Housing, Communal and Urban Affairs. communities have benefited from it, and it has been implemented in many provinces, in collaboration with relevant bodies such as the Federation of Industries and Private Sector Enterprises.