The Prime Minister welcomed the Director-General’s commitment to join forces with Egypt in the country’s transformations.
“Education plays a fundamental role for social justice and social cohesion”, stated Prime Minister Hisham Qandeel. "We rely on UNESCO’s support in bringing education back to its original role, that of educating responsible citizens," he added.
The Prime Minister further emphasized the central role of water for sustainable development, and called on UNESCO to build capacities in countries along the Nile Basin, in order to support water cooperation, share best practices on groundwater resources management, boost institutional capacities of existing institutes in the Nile Basin countries and enhance regional cooperation through research and networking. The Prime Minister also voiced his concern for the preservation of cultural heritage in the occupied Palestinian territory and thanked UNESCO for its continued efforts to support preservation efforts.
Egypt’s 10-year strategy for reforming education was also the subject of the Director-General’s meeting with Minister of Education, Mr. Ibrahim Ghoneim, who recalled that Egypt counted 18 million students, 1.2 million teachers and 700.000 administrators. He further added that the Ministry aimed to reach 60% access to early childhood care and education by 2015.