The Ministry of Education (MOE) in Egypt and the World Food Programme (WFP) have provided over 1,800 computer tablets to community schools (one per school) in remote rural areas in eight governorates in Upper Egypt, and trained teachers in their use.
It aims to help reduce the technology gap between children in schools in rural areas and their more privileged peers in the formal education system.
WFP Egypt Representative and Country Director Menghestab Haile said: “We now live in a fast-paced world where school children today can easily access an unparalleled amount of information within seconds.
“In Egypt, some schools are able to keep up but others fall behind. With this initiative, we’re ensuring that no child is left behind. It’s a way of encouraging self-growth, social mobility and ultimately supporting national development goals.”
By connecting tablets to projectors in the classroom, teacher can help children explore the world through videos, games, songs, photos and stories. Introduced last year, school tablets have already shown a positive impact on children, making them more engaged and encouraging them to explore new ideas.
Egypt’s Minister of Education Tarek Shawki said: “Introducing technology and e-learning systems in schools is a nationwide initiative led by Egypt’s Ministry of Education. This digital transformation is providing students with the necessary tools to take their educational experience to another level.
“We are keen on providing children in marginalized areas with equal access to education to bridge the knowledge gap among students in various parts of Egypt.”