CEOSS held a meeting, at its premises in March, with the General Authority for Adult Education based upon the signed cooperation protocol between them. Mr. Moheb El Rafei -Director of the General Authority for Adult Education, Dr. Wafaa Mohamed Zaatar – Director of the Central Administration for Planning, Mr. Adel Nadime – General Director of Public Relations , Branches directors in Minia, Beni Suef, Cairo and Qalubeyia governorates and CEOSS team attended the meeting. This was implemented in terms of Learning is Power Initiative inside CEOSS local communities together with the General Authority for Adult Education. This initiative is supported by Vodafone Egypt Institution for developing the community which aims at combating the illiteracy of 40000 illiterates inside Cairo, Qaluebia, Beni Suef and Minia Governorates.
The meeting started with the word of Dr. Moheb El Rafei, director of the General Authority for Adult Education. He explained the support and attention that are being provided by political leaders of the country, the constant encouragement of the President of Egypt as well as the provided assistance for eliminating illiteracy in Egypt. The year 2014 was considered the Literacy Year. Dr. Moheb showed the importance of the collaboration of all concerned parties in order to encourage each and every illiterate to join the classes and pass the examinations. Also, he gave the green light for the directors of the governorates branches to overcome all the obstacles and solve problems together as partners, and hence would not lose any female or male attendant.
He also presented the achievements during the previous project period. He clarified that the number of people who passed the examinations reached 2411 attendants during the first round. This is considered a great achievement for CEOSS in all standards. Also he presented the number of attendants, classes and successful people and how to work inside CEOSS using the idea of program integration, in which the attendants are linked to the other services provided by CEOSS in other programs such as health, agriculture and economic empowerment programs.
At the end of the meeting, he identified a number of recommendations and decisions to be followed during the coming period. The most important points are:
– Permitting the re-examinations for absentees and failures
– Identifying exceptional days for undergoing the examinations for the attendants, and putting into consideration that these days should become in accordance with the circumstances of most attendants. These examinations can take place on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays
– Increasing the training sessions provided for the facilitators and supervisors during the second half of March 2014.
– Increasing the number of committees during the conduct of the examinations in order to facilitate the procedures, encourage all the students to undergo the exams and enable the committees to get in touch with them whenever possible.
– Studying the possibility of developing the curriculum in order to suit the current conditions and variables inside the community in a very simple way to facilitate its comprehension.
– Emphasizing the respect to be provided for all male and female attendants, deal with them with mutual love and respect, overcome all the confronting obstacles and solve their problems.