UNHCR Egypt: Education Programme (November 2022) – Egypt




Training is an important facet of the work undertaken by UNHCR. Instrumental to fostering social cohesion, schooling strengthens group resilience and empowers refugees by giving them the data and expertise to steer productive, fulfilling and unbiased lives. Training additionally gives the ‘human capital’ wanted for the longer term reconstruction and financial improvement of areas of origin or settlement.

Egypt’s predominantly younger refugee inhabitants, 33.5 p.c of whom vary in age from 3 to 17, is in dire want of satisfactory schooling companies. To deal with these wants, UNHCR advocates for enrolling refugees and asylum-seekers in public faculties. At present, Syrian, Sudanese, South Sudanese and Yemeni nationals have entry to the general public system on par with Egyptians. In parallel and primarily based on the wants recognized by GOE, UNHCR gives instructor coaching, helps the refurbishment of colleges and provides tools, furnishings, and different requirements to help the Egyptian amenities in absorbing the refugee inhabitants. Furthermore, UNHCR gives schooling grants to contribute to high school charges, faculty uniforms, books, stationery and transportation.

Prompt Community Colleges

The Prompt Community Colleges (INS) venture addresses refugees’ schooling useful resource wants by successfully reworking lecture rooms into multimedia hubs. Established in 2013, INS gives younger refugees, host communities and their academics with entry to digital instruments and sources, content material aligned with native curriculum, web connectivity and sturdy instructor coaching and assist. UNHCR co-develops every INS location with faculty leaders, native schooling ministries, group leaders and academics to make sure pupil success. In Egypt, the venture is applied in 30 secondary public faculties within the Higher Cairo space in shut partnership with the Ministry of Training.

DAFI Scholarships

Greater schooling is a precedence for UNHCR, as outlined in Training 2030: A Technique for Refugee Training, forming an integral a part of UNHCR’s safety and options mandate. The DAFI scholarship programme constitutes one of many 5 core pillars of the technique to attain 15 p.c enrolment of younger refugee men and women in larger schooling by the 12 months 2030 – the 15by30 Roadmap.

The scholarship programme gives certified refugee and returnee college students the likelihood to earn an undergraduate diploma of their nation of asylum or house nation. It additionally gives coaching classes and workshops to its students, getting ready them for the job market. Within the 2021/2022 tutorial 12 months, greater than 11,200 refugees and asylum-seekers benefited from the programme in Egypt.

Key Achievements

  • Refugee enrolment price reached roughly 89% for the 2021/2022 tutorial 12 months

  • 101 UASC youth have accomplished their TVET programs within the following fields: culinary artwork, upkeep, automotive mechanics, hairdressing, and stitching

  • 2,300 refugee college students are enrolled in public universities bringing the full variety of college students to roughly 11,200 in all grades for all universities throughout Egypt for the 2021/2022 tutorial 12 months

  • DAFI Scholarship served 523 students with 119 graduated for the 2021/2022 tutorial 12 months


  • Refugee youngsters and their households face some difficulties enrolling in faculties together with:

  • Dropping out of faculty earlier than coming to Egypt as a consequence of insecurity, closure of their faculties, or displacement from their nation of origin

  • Poor instructional assist capacities at house coupled with few alternatives to obtain remedial schooling

  • Financial constraints, as they’re compelled to enter the labour power to assist themselves and presumably contribute to or present for his or her household’s primary wants

  • Incapacity to offer correct documentation to enroll in faculties

Priorities for 2023

  • Enhance the educational atmosphere in main faculties by means of materials assist and employees coaching

  • Mainstream all refugee youngsters and youth into the Egyptian Nationwide Training System

  • Help youngsters residing with incapacity and unaccompanied and separated youngsters to entry related instructional alternatives that meet their wants

  • Strengthen safety mechanisms in schooling amenities by means of group engagement and the institution of Mother and father-Lecturers Associations

  • Improve entry to TVET and tertiary schooling alternatives for youth by means of partnerships with the ministries of schooling and better schooling, private and non-private universities, native NGOs

  • Broaden the DAFI scholarship scheme