Egypt's Girls' Education Initiative
The National Council on Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) launched the Girls' Education Initiative in 2001 to address a critical need in rural Egypt. Based on a successful 1990s UNICEF and Egyptian government pilot, the ‘girl-friendly' model will be projected into seven rural areas identified as showing greatest need for girls' education.
The initiative was recognized by UNICEF in its annual report, "The State of the World's Children," in 2003.
Community schools are crucial catalysts for change in the villages.
Rural communities needing schools have been identified by NCCM, UNICEF and other agencies and ministries. Communities must "buy in" to the project by donating land for the school, and community members will volunteer and serve on school council.
Local commitment is essential from school opening and continuing through maintenance and future sustainability.