On the occasion of the official visit to Japan by H.E. Mr. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, in February 2016, H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan and H.E. Mr. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, announced their joint partnership on education: Egypt-Japan Education Partnership "EJEP". This partnership has been realized based on the strong interest and commitment of the two leaders, who place a high priority on the cooperation in the area of education including early childhood, basic, technical and higher education, as well as scientific research, technology and innovation.
Early Childhood Education
JICA is supporting the improvement of the quality of Early Childhood Education through the dissemination of important concepts such as "Learning through Playing" that aims at fostering independence, cooperativeness, sociability and discipline among the children, which will in return promote the healthy upbringing of the Egyptian children.
For Basic Education, JICA is supporting the inauguration of the Egypt-Japan Schools (EJS) that applies the Japanese concept of Whole Child Development through special activities, known as "Tokkatsu", with the aim of contributing to the development of the social, emotional, physical and academic skills of the Egyptian students to become responsible and productive members of the society.
For Egypt's technical schools, where graduates are faced with a low rate and mismatch of employment, in collaboration with Japanese companies in Egypt, JICA is supporting the development of competent graduates. JICA is doing that through: introducing guidelines targeting both soft skills and practical skills on both the school management level and the teacher level; and supporting the establishment of work transition units in the pilot schools – all in order to contribute to the improvement of the discipline, productivity, and team work of the students and their transition to the labor market.
Higher Education and Scientific Research
JICA supports developing the human resources of the Egyptian youth through increasing the number of Egyptians dispatched to Japan for scholarships, joint research and training programs to reach at least 2,500 during a period of five-years together with other programs, in order to transfer the Japanese knowledge and know-how in various fields to contribute to Egypt's economic and social development on the long term. The programs under this project have been designed to respond to the country's needs and in line with its development plans that aim towards gaining and enhancing the Egyptian expertise in diversity of crucial and important areas among which are; the health and education sectors as well as different fields of sciences and technology.