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Egypt Ideation Camp

14-16 February 2013

Registration is closed for the current camp,
Accepted attendance for Educator TOT and Students will be notified soon.

Are you up to creating the next solution using the power of the technology to enhance pre university education in Egypt?

Join our first Egypt Ideation Camp and find out, Learn, network and compete with other leading young innovators all around Egypt.

You are invited to participate in an extreme challenge for young innovators. Egypt Ideation is the first of its kind in Egypt, where you will learn how to generate ideas and to create innovative solutions to some of the greatest problems in Egypt and the world! During the workshop you will learn how to become a great innovator and we will give you an important task to solve. The world needs innovators and entrepreneurs who can create solutions for today’s problems. This workshop will be an opportunity for you to improve your entrepreneurial skills, to build a strong network of like-minded innovators, and inspire you to become a successful entrepreneur.

Camp Stages

Egypt Ideation Camp will be delivered as an interactive event with a high degree of learning-by-doing. The camp is divided into 6 stages, which takes the students through the process step by step, along with a supplemental online platform. This way, they will be acquainted with essential approaches, which is indispensable for any innovator or entrepreneur. Below here you will find an overview of the 6 stages of the camp.

Ideation CAmp, Horsens, Denmark
May 2012


Manav Subdoh
Global Manager, Intel Entrepreneurship and Innovation programs

Manav Subodh joined Intel in January 2005. His focus is working with young innovators, inventors, designers and technology startups in over 30 countries and provide them opportunities for technology commercialization, licensing and entrepreneurship.

Manav is passionate about leading public policy campaigns, build a network of associations, industry partners, investors, non-profit groups, governments and others to support initiatives that will help create a favorable ecosystem for technology development and startups.

Manav represents Intel Corporation at various global entrepreneurship program advisory groups. He is an invited speaker on entrepreneurship and also sits on panels for numerous global start up initiatives. He is also the lead organizer of the Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley, which is now one of the largest global challenges focused on technology entrepreneurship.

Before moving to the present global role, Manav worked for Intel India heading the Corporate Affairs function for south and west India. Manav has also worked as a Technical Advisor to the Managing Director of Intel India in which he managed strategic relationships and devised an external engagement strategy for the MD’s office. He has led several public private partnerships for Intel .

Besides Intel, Manav has worked for other corporations in the software and telecom sector. He is an engineer in electronics telecommunication and has done his master in business management.

Innovative Technologies for Better Education in Egypt

To come up with innovative technology based solutions to be used to improve the level of education in pre-university education system in Egypt.

Quantitatively, according to World Development Indicators Database from World Bank, Egypt has made great strides in achieving the Millennium Development Goal of universal basic education; the gross primary school enrollment ratio in 2007 was 100%. However, this is not the case when you are talking about qualitative indicators. Still the quality of education experience is low and unequally distributed

The Egyptian pre-university education system is the largest in the Middle East and one of the largest worldwide. It encompasses more than 43,000 schools (public and private), some 1.6 million personnel (teachers, administrators, and others), approximately 821,000 teachers and over 16 million students. The pre-university education system is expected over the longer term to make a significant contribution to Egypt’s economy and to play an essential role in increasing its national income. 90.2% of all students in Egypt are included in the public and private education sectors (83% and 7.2%, respectively). The remaining 9.8 % of students attend Al Azhar schools.

  • Poor teaching quality and dependence on private tutors; In Egypt today, the teaching profession tends to be associated with a low social and economic status. This belief is reinforced by the inadequate salaries and the poor quality of training. Although the Ministry of Education cites the improvement of training as a major priority, there has been little progress on its achievement to date. In addition, unqualified teachers constitute a major problem, especially in technical and primary education. The poor quality of state-provided schooling has led to the emergence of an educational ‘informal sector’ where private tutoring is used to fill the educational gaps left by the formal schooling system. According to CAPMAS (Egypt’s Central Statistics and Mobilization Agency), over 60% of investments in education are spent on private tutoring. It is dominate in all types of school, and leaves those students whose parents cannot afford private lessons at a disadvantage relative to their classmates. In this respect it can be seen as another factor affecting the social inequalities.

  • Classroom density; The increase of access ratio for children in the age of obligatory education is more than 90% of those children. This has led to raising classroom density despite the continuous establishment of new, modern schools to 41 pupils per classroom. The density of classroom has been raised to reach very dangerous limit in poor areas to reach 60 and 70 pupils per classroom. This rapid increase of classroom density is considered an obstacle blocking achieving the slogan of excellence for all and excellent high quality education for all.

  • Retention and School Dropouts; School dropout rates are high, especially for females, despite free and subsidized tuition. Many choose to avoid the costs for transportation, private tutoring (which is becoming customary) and other study requirements and accessories. According to the informal statistics of some NGOs, there are 2.5 million children across the country that dropped out before finishing primary school. One study says that: There is evidence that dropout rates in the poorest villages (6.87%) are significantly higher than the national rate (4.87%) and it is higher after finishing primary stage. According to the same study; the three most popular reasons for dropout are: Child did not want to continue, Education Fees, Child not doing well in school, and children work to bring income to family.

  • “Rote learning” and focus on examinations; Pedagogical methods and teaching approaches are also problematic. Rather than being encouraged to engage critically with the subject matter at hand, students are generally steered towards memorization and rote-learning. This over-concentration on passive learning is magnified by a lack of learning materials, library books, facilities and equipment. In many cases, students therefore have neither academic nor physical stimulus. Student testimonies are frequently resulting of this approach.

  • Negative attitudes towards vocational education (التعليم الفني – المهني); A strong belief is that examination results determine type of student who goes on to undertake vocational schools. The majority of students attending Egypt’s technical schools are those who have failed to win a university place. There is a negative correlation with the quality and capacity of those who pursue this track. The 2010 OECD report on Egypt’s higher education system identified the transition of students from general and vocational tracks of secondary education to general higher education as one of the most significant challenges for education reform in Egypt. The report argues that those who have joined technical and vocational schools are dramatically leave education at early stage due to limited opportunities for further learning.

    Call for Action:

    To develop innovative technology based solutions to improve the quality and/or solve existing problems in the Egyptian education system.

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