Giza, Egypt

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    Between USD 10,000 and USD 15,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD 3,615
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

‘Revitalising the cradle of civilization’

The city of Giza is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a 5,000-year-old history. Giza is considered the cradle of civilization and one of the main sources of knowledge in the world. Thus the city is indeed a learning city.

Vision and Motivation

The City of Giza desires to regain its position as a major source of ancient knowledge. To do this, the city tries to revive citizens’ interest in its age-old history. The city recognises that lifelong learning can help its residents be enlightened citizens.

Challenges and Goals

Illiteracy mars the daily lives of a quarter of Egypt’s population aged 15 and over. This is especially true for women, whose literacy rate is 67 per cent compared to 83 per cent for men. Transforming Giza into a learning city therefore tackles multiple challenges relating to social cohesion and economic development.

  • Creating a widespread culture of learning
  • Economic development
  • ustainability
  • Inclusive learning
  • Learning in families and communities
  • Learning in the workplace

Plan and Implementation

The city plans to implement customised literacy programmes designed for three target groups:

  • Persons with no or very low literacy
  • Recent completers of literacy classes and primary schools
  • Fully educated persons

Giza Governorate has formed a committee to follow up the continuous education system in the city specialized in:

  1. Establishing mechanisms to document the learning process, assess fields of interest and needs,
  2. Preparing regular reports with lessons learned and improvements proposed,
  3. Informing all parties concerned.

The initiative of “Giza illiteracy” and related activities have been activated including:

  1. The implementation of several protocols with universities, especially with Cairo University;
  2. An agreement with the Social Fund for Development and Giza Governorate, which deals with NGOs in the governorate and grants financially the opening of literacy classes;
  3. Every citizen who receives a certificate of literacy or issued a national ID card will receive free benefits such as "free health care, free education".

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