Government of Egypt and Oracle, sign implementation of NEPAD e-Schools leading projects

Published March 7th, 2006 - 11:41 GMT

The Government of Egypt today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with 12 companies in the Oracle Consortium to provide ICT hardware, software, digital content and teacher development to secondary schools. Egypt is the fifth country in Africa to commit to the NEPAD e-Schools Demonstration Project, and joins Ghana in committing to the project under the auspices of the Oracle Consortium.

The agreement forms part of the NEPAD e-Schools Demonstration Project, a NEPAD e-Africa Commission initiative. The NEPAD e-Schools Demonstration Project aims to establish six NEPAD e-Schools in each participating country and monitor and evaluate their effectiveness in order to inform the broader rollout of the NEPAD e-Schools Initiative across Africa.

Implementation by the Oracle Consortium the project will begin at three schools in March 2006. These are: Al Ghorfa al Tejaria Secondary School in Port Said; Sabeeh Secondary School in the eastern province, and Al Wesan Experimental School in Al Gizza.

The consortium is led by Oracle, the world’s largest enterprise software company, and consists of Mustek, Sentech, Ses Astra, Multichoice Africa, Intel, CompuTainer, Learnthings, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, DHL, Xerox and Cambridge-Hitachi.

The aim of the NEPAD e-Schools Initiative is to provide ICT equipment, skills and knowledge to primary and secondary school students that will enable them to function in a knowledge economy; to improve health education; to enable teachers to use ICT as tools to enhance teaching and learning; and to provide school managers with ICT skills so as to facilitate efficient management and administration in the schools.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Atef Helmy, General Manager, Oracle Egypt, said that partnerships between government and corporate are becoming key to Egypt’s development.  “Our commitment to the NEPAD e-Schools Initiative in Egypt is an extension of our drive to promote skills development, which is the foundation for any sustainable economic growth,” Helmy said. “Today marks a great first step in that process.”

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