Since introduced in 2008, KAB has rapidly increased in importance in Egypt. This is largely thanks to the strong institutional support the KAB programme enjoys from the Ministries of Higher Education, Secondary Education and Manpower. Thus, for example, the Ministry of Higher Education has issued a ministerial decree in favour of the implementation of the pilot phase at universities and polytechnics.
In July and August of 2008, the first training workshops of Facilitators, Trainers and Promoters were carried out in Cairo where 25 participants from higher education institutions, 30 participants from vocational training centres, and 20 from technical secondary schools were trained. At a later date, another 29 Facilitators from vocational training centres were trained, and in preparation for the pilot test with students and trainees, sets of KAB training materials were distributed in Arabic and English.
Pilot tests began at the start of the 2008/2009 academic year and thus, by 2008 forty vocational training centres and technical secondary schools under the Ministry of Industry’s Productivity and Vocational Training Department (PVTD) were delivering KAB to around 880 students/trainees. Starting from 2009, about 20 training centres under the Ministry of Manpower and Migration have begun introducing KAB as part of training courses for unemployed diploma holders, combining technical education with entrepreneurship education. It is estimated that in 2009 a total of 730 trainees are enrolled in KAB.
Higher education institutions have also started to pilot test KAB among their students. In October of 2008, Helwan University opened two KAB courses (at the faculty of Business Information Systems and faculty of Commerce), and in the first semester of 2009, another 4 faculties opened their courses, with an estimated 140 students participating in these courses. Three polytechnics (Matareya, Zagazig and Mehalla) have also launched KAB trainings, reaching a total of 150 students.
So far, it is calculated that KAB has been delivered in 68 education & training institutions (higher and secondary education, and vocational training), with 104 Facilitators, Trainers and Promoters trained, reaching in turn approximately 1,750 young students / trainees. At the moment, KAB is taught with in Arabic at technical secondary schools and vocational training centres, and in English at higher education institutions. However, a national Egyptian version is soon be to available.
Education & Training Institutions: 68
Facilitators, Trainers and Promoters Trained: 104
Key Facilitators & Teacher Educators: 3 national key facilitators (accredited by the ILO)
Mr. Klaus Haftendorn – Chief Technical Advisor KAB Project North Africa (ILO Geneva, Switzerland)
* Note: all data above refers to the information available as of April, 2009. The figures can actually be slightly larger than presented.