Egypt is giving priority to children and youths in order to create a new generation of innovators, Intisar El-Sisi, the spouse of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, said in a brief speech screened during a press conference to launch the Young Creators’ State Award on Sunday.
The Egyptian Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem launched the first-ever session of the young creators award earlier today, under the auspices of the president's spouse.
Mrs. El-Sisi added that “Paying attention to children and the rising generation is one of the priorities of the Egyptian state to create a new innovative generation capable of making our aspirations and ambitions come true in a shining future.”
“The Young Creators Award is our children’s dream [that] will become a reality and our children are our future,” she concluded.
Last year, Egypt’s cabinet approved a new state award for young creators and intellectuals, as well as a bill modifying an intellectual property law which also addresses the younger generation of innovators.
The award will be granted yearly to youth under the age of 18 who create innovative products.
Since 1958, Egyptian creators, intellectuals, and innovators with a significant portfolio of achievements have been eligible for four state prizes: The Encouragement Award, the Appreciation Award, the Excellence Award, and the Nile Award.
The changes to the law on intellectual property would allow those under 21 years of age to register their intellectual contributions for EGP 100, a reduction from the previous EGP 1,000 fee.