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Healthy Start and Quality Education in Egypt

Ensuring children have quality care and education in their early years

Children in Egypt, and particularly girls and children with disabilities, have poor access to quality education. Illiteracy rates for girls are 45% higher than they are for boys, an estimated 1.4 million school-age children are not enrolled in school and children with disabilities face many barriers. They have limited physical access to classrooms, with no wheelchair ramps and often have no appropriate school transportation.

A lack of resources and attention is sevely impacting early childhood care and support at family, community and institutional levels in Egpyt. This is having a negative impact on children in their critical early years. For example, 30% of four to five year olds attended pre-school in 2012-2013, however only 24% of children under the age of six were enrolled in a kindergarten. Pre-school services are offered through government and local civil society run centres, however they tend to be overcrowded and offer a limited range of services.

To address this critical situation, we are working with children and parents, extended families, influential community leaders, local schools, civil society organisations and local and national government representatives to ensure that all children, especially those from 0-6, grow up to be healthy, and that all children, especially those from 7-12 are well educated in a safe and protective environment. We are working with partners to achieve this by supporting them to claim improved early childhood care and higher quality primary education services.