2009 – 2010 Egypt BRPID Project
Egypt BRPID Project
Illiteracy Eradication Project for Women and Girls in Cairo
Egyptian Association of University Women
The Egyptian Association of University Women (EAUW) organized literacy classes for women and girls in the Giza district of Cairo. According to national statistics, 17 million of Egypt’s 80 million inhabitants are illiterate. Two thirds of these (about 11.5 million) are female, including many living in urban areas.
Fourteen local teachers received special intensive language teaching training on a course run by the Egyptian Government at the “Adult Education and Illiteracy Eradication Centre” and twelve passed, receiving formal recognition and accreditation from the Egyptian Government. These teachers ran a series of evening literacy classes in Arabic and mathematics in local Giza schools. The classes were held over a two hour period outside of normal school hours, four or five times a week. Classes were open to all but the majority of attendees were female. All age groups were represented and the majority had not attended school at all or had dropped out for reasons such as poverty, early marriage or ignorance. Transportation was provided for the very poor to enable them to attend and some basic food items such as rice, beans and oil were also provided to participants every two months as encouragement.
Final exams were set by the Authority for Adult Education and Illiteracy Eradication, and certificates given to all those who met the required standard. Approximately 100 women and girls between the ages of 14 and 35, benefitted from this project which ran from October 2009 to September 2010. The project was supervised by young members from the Cairo branch. The cost of teacher training and materials for the courses was covered by EAUW.