The American University in Cairo (AUC) and Apache Corporation launched the third phase of their teacher training programme in community schools in Fayoum governorate, the AUC said on Sunday.
According to the AUC, the teacher training programme was first launched earlier this year in Giza and Minya governorates, and it aims to empower teachers with the essential knowledge and skills to provide quality education to students in community schools.
"These schools provide primary education and offer an alternative model of learning for students in areas that lack school infrastructure," the AUC read.
The programme, which is designed and implemented by AUC’s School of Continuing Education, trains approximately 400 teachers and 200 supervisors in the three governorates
The AUC and Apache Corporation officially signed the partnership on Thursday.
“Education is crucial for the future of Egypt and Egyptians, and excellent educators are the key to excellent education,” said David Chi, region vice president of Apache Corporation and general manager of Apache Egypt Companies during the signing ceremony.
“Apache has always been a leading business and for many years Apache community schools have provided great educational opportunities to students," said AUC President Francis Ricciardone.
Since 2004, Apache has built 201 one-room primary schools in the rural areas of Giza, Fayoum and Minya, attended by 7,000 girls yearly, as part of the National Girls’ Education Initiative, with the goal of providing quality education to under-privileged girls.
Under this programme, approximately 15,000 girls have learned how to read and write, and around 7,000 graduates are enrolled in middle schools and high schools, with some going on to universities across Egypt to continue their education.