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EGYPT'S MINISTRY OF EDUCATION LAUNCHES ONLINE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMUNITY
Cairo, Egypt, July 2003
The Egyptian Ministry of Education launches online community to train 50,000 school managers. Initiative funded by European Union, built on SCHOOLMASTER'S award-winning Managed Learning Environment.

On 6 May 2003, Egypt's Minister of Education, His Excellency Dr. Hussein Kamel Bahaa El Din, inaugurated the Egyptian Middle Management Training Project. Using SCHOOLMASTER—BIBLIOTECH'S award-winning Managed Learning Environment—the project will provide training and professional development for 50,000 school managers in the Egyptian state school system. This innovative project is being financed by international development funding from the European Union.

Dr. Mohamed Yousry Amin of General Technology, the Egyptian company responsible for the coordination and implementation of the project, explains, "this is a very exciting initiative that will bring Egypt's state school managers to the forefront of modern education. With participation from The American University in Cairo, the University of Northumbria (represented by General Technology in Egypt), the University of Newcastle and the Hay Group, school personnel enrolled in the program will benefit from a three-year professional development course spanning all aspects of school management and administration. SCHOOLMASTER'S Managed Learning Environment provides the ideal platform for
delivering the course materials, facilitating dialogue and building an online knowledge base to be shared by all participants throughout the life of the project. Our country will look to the program's graduates to provide leadership in the modernisation of the Egyptian state school system."

Philip Waite, Director of Member Services for SCHOOLMASTER (http://www.schoolmaster.net), comments, "This project demonstrates the kind of vision and leadership needed to transform a country's education system. The Minister's strategy of focusing on school middle management will enable these personnel to develop the skills they need to modernise Egypt's state school system. The project's use of SCHOOLMASTER will also be proof positive of the value of IT in education and will provide the means for all participants to forge the long-term professional bonds that are essential to modern education."

Present at the inaugural ceremony were Dr. Hussein El Bellawi, First Under Secretary of the Ministry of Education; Dr. Nadia Gamal El Din, Director of Project Planning and Follow Up; Dr. Hussein Ramzy Kazem, Director of the Middle Management Training Project; Dr. Saleh Hashem, President of Ein Shams University; and Dr. Eglal Abdel Menem Hafez, Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at Ein Shams University.

About BIBLIOTECH and SCHOOLMASTER
SCHOOLMASTER is owned and operated by BiblioTech Ltd., which was established in London, England, in 1995.
The SCHOOLMASTER service is built on BiblioTech's award-winning Community Service Provider (CSP)
platform, which combines an extensive suite of communication, groupware and publishing applications in a single, integrated online environment. SCHOOLMASTER is the world's leading safe, online community environment for schools, teachers, students and parents.

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