In the frame of the serious cooperation and relationship with the country governmental agencies, CEOSS participated a press conference held at the Constituency Education Center in El Geziera on April 2014 under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. It was entitled Towards Launching the Campaign of the Million (Egyptians Learn) in cooperation with the General Authority for Adult Education, as well as the Campaign of Combating the Illiteracy of a Million Citizens.
Among the top attendants was Mr. Khaled Abdel Aziz-Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Mahmoud Abou El Nasr – Minister of Education, and Dr. Moheb El Refai -Director of the General Authority for Adult Education. Also a number of public figures and celebrities who are interested in combating illiteracy, attended the panel such as Mrs. Soheir El Morshedy, Mr. Ahmed Abdel Aziz, Mr. Ahmed Shaker and Mrs. Nashwa El Hofi.
Also a group of civil society organizations participated in the conference such as One of the People Foundation and Rotary. The conference started by the Egyptian Anthem, and it was followed by the words of group of artists and celebrities who stressed on the importance of the concerned parties’ collaboration and being interested in the issue in order to combat illiteracy in Egypt. They added that illiteracy results into devastating consequences on the youth and citizens’ minds in general. They stressed on paying more attention to the attendant and the teacher by providing financial and moral support, besides, taking into consideration all the circumstances that might force the attendants to leave education at a young age or the reasons that led to the lack of education in general.
Then the Minister of Education made his speech which showed the attention of the ministry to develop work and curriculum and overcome all the problems that led the attendants to drop out of education, while paying more attention to the educational process, encouraging activities for attendants, providing proper nutrition for those who have economic difficulties.
The Director of the General Authority for Adult Education emphasized providing all the specialized people, supplying them with all the available services to educate the adults within the Campaign of Combating the illiteracy of Million Citizens in all governorates.
The word of the Minister of Youth and Sports welcomed all the attendants and particularly the public figures, celebrities and the civil society organizations. He praised the active and strong role played by the working associations and organizations which are concerned with the issue of combating illiteracy. He emphasized the great attention paid by President Adli Mansour towards the issue of combating illiteracy. The year 2014 was set to be the Year of Combating Illiteracy.
Finally came the word of Mr. Momtaz Beshai , CEOSS Vice- General Director on behalf of all the civil society organizations who attended the meeting. He stressed on CEOSS vision and interest in providing services for the poor and marginalized groups for more than 55 years regardless of sex, race or religion. He explained the great attention paid by CEOSS to the issue of combating illiteracy and how it is considered a national issue in which all parties should collaborate in order to eliminate illiteracy.