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The Adult Literacy Education Centre in Ain Shams University (ASU)  is the first adult education centre in Egypt, established in 2001. The Center holds conferences and seminars and publishes a regular journal on adult education. Adult literacy facilitator training is also provided by the Center in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, preparing youth through organising pre-training courses. Recent projects have investigated life skills for literacy and the role of universities in developing adult literacy.

Vision

The partnership established between Ain Shams University and the UNESCO Chair in
Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation goes in line with the constant
efforts devoted by ASU to enhance the development of Egyptian society. ASU
believes that lifelong learning is a key principle that directs and regulates all forms of
education, which in turn leads to sustainable development initiated and completed
by individuals.

Activities and plans

The activities of the Adult Education Center at Ain Shams University aim to
contribute to the wider society by integrating specialised research and training in
the area of adult literacy and lifelong learning. The Center holds conferences and
seminars and publishes a regular journal on adult education. An international
seminar on ‘Literacy, Women’s Empowerment and the 2030 Sustainable
Development Agenda’ was organized in July 2017 to mark the launch of the Ain
Shams UNESCO Chair initiative, bringing together key researchers and policy makers
working in adult literacy in Egypt. Adult literacy facilitator training is also provided by
the Center in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, preparing youth through
organising pre-training courses. Recent projects have investigated life skills for
literacy and the role of universities in developing adult literacy. Under the leadership
of Dr. Moheb Kamel El Rafey, the team conducted pioneering ethnographic research
in 2013-14 on the IFAD-UNESCO research project, Learning Knowledge and Skills for
Agriculture to Improve Rural Livelihoods. Future UNESCO Chair plans include a
writing-for- publication programme and action research on women’s literacy and
health.
 

Ain Shams University UNESCO Chair Team

 

Dr. Ashour Ahmed Amry is General Director of Adult Education-Ain Shams University and Director of Ain Shams University UNESCO Chair Project

Dr. Amry has long experience of leading applied research in the field of literacy and
adult education. He is the editor-in- chief of “New Alafak Magazine for the education
of adults” and rapporteur of the annual scientific conferences held to support adult
education throughout the Arab region (since 2014). As a certified educational
trainer in the field of adult education, he has supervised many programmes,
including at the regional centre for educating adults and for UNESCO Beirut.

 

Dr. Rasha Kamal M. Elshiekh is Liaison of Ain Shams University UNESCO Chair Project.

Dr. Kamal is Managing Director of the International Relations and Cooperation Office
(IRCO) and the Center of Excellence in Education, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams
University. As a member of the Higher Education Reform Expert Council (EU Delegation to Egypt) and Coordinator of Erasmus+ projects in Education, she is
working as an advisor to develop effective international partnerships in Education.
Her PhD focused on Women’s rights and gender equality implementation through
education in literature.


Professor Moheb Kamel El Rafei is currently working in the field of environmental education at the Environmental Studies Institute, Ain Shams University. He recently served as the Minister of Education in Egypt and was previously the head of the General Institution of Adult Education.

Professor Gihan Camal is General Director of the local Centre of Educational and
Development Research. She is a professor of teaching methods and the coordinator
of projects on Education for All in Egypt.

 

Professor Abd Elsatar is Assistant Professor at the local Centre of Educational and
Development Research. She has conducted many research studies in the field of
adult education and is one of the prominent figures at the specialised workshops in
this field.

Dr. Nahla Gamal Mohamed has a PhD in comparative education and educational administration. She is the current Secretary of the Centre of Adult Education at Ain Shams University and a certified educational trainer. She participated in many specialised research studies in the field of adult education as well as organising workshops and conferences.