Sector Education
Program/Project Title VSS New Vocational Secondary School pathway at the Italian – Egyptian Integrated Technical Education Cluster (ITEC) Demo
Location Demo- Fayoum Governorate
Duration 42 Months
Start – End date 01.08.2016-01.08.2020
Budget IEDS-Third Phase: 12,960,000 EGP

EDF will contribute to the initiative with an amount of:

•           13,678,000 EGP for local teachers and staff during lifetime of the project

•           12,800,000 EGP for the renovation of the facilities

Aid Channel Italian-Egyptian Debt Swap Programme – III Phase
Type of Support Grant
Applicant/Local Counterpart Education Development Fund
Implementing Institution Education Development Fund
Description The project intends to contribute improving the professional and technical education system in Egypt, in order to meet the needs of the Egyptian labour market, and enhance the competitiveness of Egyptian technicians in regional and global markets.

Building on the experience and lessons learnt of the Integrated Technical Education Cluster (ITEC) established in Demo, Fayoum Governorate, under the second Italian-Egyptian Debt for Development Swap (IEDS) Programme, the project would establish a new educational path in the premises of the ITEC in Fayoum.

The new VSS pathway will offer a 3-year programme, oriented to develop skillful resources for the labour market. In particular, the VSS will train qualified workers with capabilities to operate simple machines and instruments in the manufacturing process. The level of the technical and professional competences gained in the VSS is equivalent to the one acquired in the IeFP of the ITEC. The difference between the IeFP and the VSS resides in the level of general education capabilities, being the VSS less demanding in terms of educational subjects.

The project will focus on designing the curricula for 4 different specialisations that respect the levels of the European Qualification Framework and are in line with the competences required by local industry. Thanks to the project, the MoE will also have the opportunity to experiment a new competence based (Learning outcomes) approach to develop curricula. The work on the educational model will in fact guide the reform of technical and vocational education setting the pathways and the regulations involved. The renovation of the facilities will also be an exercise, together with the procurement of the equipment, to set standards for the realisation of workshops that are aligned with the needs of the local industry, being designed to look like real working environments as much as possible. The setting of the students’ evaluation system, that will be transparent, reliable and consistent, will also be a great challenge due to the fact that currently there is a tendency among teachers of promoting students regardless their abilities. Visibility activities will be implemented with the aim to improve the image of technical and vocational education and make families understand the value of this type of education for the future of their children.

The new VSS pathway in the ITEC in Fayoum will offer the specialisations of manufacturing, car and bus/tract/tractors engine maintenance, electrical installations and air-conditioning.

In the three years of the project the total number of students enrolled will be 800, due to the fact that two specialisations will start in the first year of the project and other two in the second year. At the steady state by September 2019, the yearly number of new student enrolment will reach 320 totaling 960 students enrolled in the VSS. Of the 960 students enrolled is expected that 320 will be attending the one year working outside the school and 640 in the schools attending the first three semesters and the last one semester in the third year as planned in the proposed educational model.

Expected Results 1.      VSS specializations’ curricula are developed and approved by MoE

2.      Existing building and workshops are renovated and equipped

3.      Administrative functions and quality system and established

VSS specializations are implemented and operational

Target Beneficiaries Students choosing a secondary/higher technical education, students enrolled in industrial faculty, entrepreneurs willing to start up own business, skilled workers and unemployed willing to receive formal certification, teachers and higher technicians (trainers), Industries & Local communities.
Reference Contacts Dsassistant.cairo@esteri.it