EDC’s International Education Systems Division recently hosted a study tour for 15 Egyptian education experts who are working with the Egyptian Ministry of Education to reform early childhood education. The tour, conducted in partnership with the Academy for Educational Development, was funded by USAID and focused on best practices in early childhood care and education training.
The group visited several early childhood and preschool centers in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, and took part in discussions with such national organizations as Zero to Three and the National Head Start Association. Participants learned about EDC’s early childhood programs in Honduras and other countries, and participated in training sessions about current research and parental involvement. “I never realized that early childhood programs could include parent involvement to such an extent,” says Heba Lofty of Minia, Egypt, who took part in the tour.
The Egyptian delegation included senior officials from the Ministries of Education and Social Affairs, and representatives from Egyptian NGOs in Cairo and sites where the Egypt Education Reform Program is operating.
Originally published on April 30, 2006