United States Celebrates International Literacy Day by Committing $13 Million to Expand Family Literacy in Egypt

CAIRO — In honor of International Literacy Day, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced new funding of $13 million (EGP 250 million) to expand one of its most successful literacy programs, Village of scholars, in the governorate of Beni Suef, the fifth governorate to receive such funding. The program builds on $26 million (EGP 500 million) in previous US support for the program, which to date has reached nearly 60,000 students in 1,935 community schools with reading lessons, reading materials, teacher training and reading camps. Beyond the classroom, the program also aims to develop a culture of literacy, education and self-reliance by teaching mothers to read and write and providing them with skills and vocational training to support themselves. their needs and those of their children.

Commenting on the importance of expanding the program, USAID Mission Director Leslie Reed said, “With this new funding, we look forward to expanding the intergenerational literacy program in Beni Suef. This program is part of the U.S. government’s long-standing commitment to supporting education in Egypt.

Since 2017, the Village of scholars worked in the governorates of Assiut, Beheira, Sohag and Minya, and also worked to develop a network of community leaders to encourage school attendance, promote a love of reading and help children thrive. With this new funding, the program will also introduce a climate change awareness component to the curriculum and, together with the Ministry of Education and Technical Education, provide community schools in rural areas with equipment, infrastructure and training to expand their digital learning resources.

Since 1978, the US government has invested more than $1.7 billion (32.5 billion EGP) to support education in Egypt. To learn more about the US-Egyptian partnership, visit: www.usembassy.gov and https://www.usaid.gov/egypt and follow @USEmbassyCairo and @USAIDEgypt on Facebook and Twitter.

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