ILO- Egypt new partnership to roll-out ‘Know About Business’ to 1.6 million students

ILO signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deliver the Know About Business programme to 2,000 Technical Secondary Schools in Egypt.

Press release | 22 September 2016
CAIRO (ILO News)– The International Labour Organization (ILO) has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the rollout of the ‘Know About Business’ (KAB) programme as part of the Ministry of Education’s entrepreneurship curriculum to around 2,000 Technical Secondary Schools and 1.6 million students across Egypt.

The memo was signed between the ILO, the Egypt-European Union’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training Reform Programme– Phase II (TVET II), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit’s (GIZ) Employment Promotion Programme, and USAID’s Workforce Improvement and Skill Enhancement (WISE) project.

The MOU provides an agreement for each organization and project to collaboratively implement its activities and fulfill its efforts in enhancing youth employment in Egypt.

The ILO KAB training programme will be delivered through the ILO/Canada project on Decent jobs for Egypt’s Young People as a pilot phase during the scholastic year 2016-2017 and the scaled up to all 1984 Technical Secondary Schools in Egypt. The KAB programme, which has been widely used by the ILO for over two decades, aims to promote entrepreneurship culture and create awareness among youth on working in enterprises as well as encourage self-employment as a viable career option.

The KAB also provides students with the knowledge on desirable attributes for starting and operating a successful enterprise and prepares them to become better employees through an enhanced understanding of business and stronger positive and adaptive behavioral attitudes.

The TVET II programme will develop the structure and performance of Egypt’s TVET system will be enhanced to better respond to the country’s economic needs and boost youth employability and their transition into employment.

The GIZ’s Employment Promotion Programme, implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, has the objective to better prepare unemployed youth, particularly technical and vocational education students, for the labour market. While USAID’s WISE project will work on improving technical secondary education to meet the needs of the job market.

Under the MOU the parties have also agreed to develop a single implementation plan with joint activities towards the institutionalization of a School to Work Transition Unit within the Ministry of Education.