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Strengthening education skills for adults in Fayoum villages


Photos: Eraki Village – Teacher Raesa Ragab – SEKEM farmers’ location of chamomile and other herbs.

Adult Education can be defined as any organized and sustained educational activities that take place both within and outside educational institutions, for persons of all ages. It aims at meeting the educational needs of learners not enrolled in formal education, those who have dropped out of school or those who have never had a chance to receive formal schooling, due to a complex and intricate set of social, economic reasons as well as the failure of basic education systems to retain students. These may be adults, youth or children. It is apparent from the foregoing that education is an indispensable vector for social economic and political progress in any society.

To cope with the new challenges touched through the assessment visits and meetings with women, EBDA opened classes for women nearer to their houses. Firstly, female teachers were selected who would be able to continue for a long time to start adult education, which is different in goals, content, methodology, teaching and learning skills, as well as monitoring process. To support the needed teacher’s capacity several training of trainers programs had been conducted for intensive 8 days to train 3 female selected teachers in 3 villages (Eraki, Afifi and Abokasa locations) during March 2016. Teachers were trained by professional trainer from the Adult Education Association (government entity) on different ways to deal with teenagers and adults starting from age 16 +, in addition to other skills like communication. Training was conducted in a central area for the three selected teachers due to long distances  from their homes. An additional services offered to the target group is to support them in issuing new identification cards so that they can join the final exam. The duration of the class is usually around 9 months, each class includes around 15 females. Trainees are getting regular 3 – 4 sessions weekly, each around 2 – 3.

The objectives to take the training classes are different among the women. Some young women prefer to have a certificate of literacy accredited by the government, which is equal to finalizing basic education and allows them to continue higher levels of education. Others prefer to get literate to find a suitable job because some organizations with vacancies consider the certificate as a must-have even if it is about very simple work. Others want to have the certificate as a status symbol and get married to help their next generation with the basic knowledge obtained.