One big change in our work over the years has been the sheer size and scale of it. In the 1940s and 1950s, each of our Institutes taught hundreds of people a year. Now we measure the number of English students in the tens of thousands across our six branches. And whereas we used to teach only adults, now half of our students are under 18.
The same trend is true of our work with examinations. 50 years ago we used to examine hundreds of candidates a year; we now examine over 100,000 candidates a year, many of them with our partner schools network for International GCSE exams, which has over 120 schools attached to it.
Within another core area of work, Teacher Training, we have moved from a number of individual programmes with partner institutions across the country to a large scale nationwide project with the Ministry of Education.
In addition to these areas, we currently manage a large part of the Newton Mosharafa Fund, a large bilateral fund to support scientific research and capacity development of researchers. The total value of this is 50m GBP over 7 years. Likewise, our Premier Skills programme, using sport to develop life skills across Egypt and especially for women and girls, has reached around 65,000 people over ten years, in 27 governorates and supporting 50 separate community projects. This has been possible because of our partnership with the Premier League in England and the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Egypt.
And of course, thanks to changes in technology, we can now reach a far greater number of people than ever before. A digital component is integrated into many of our projects and our Facebook page has around 1.7 million fans – giving us, along with many other organisations of course, an ability to reach out to people that was unthinkable even 10 years ago, let alone 80. Of course, the population has grown too – in 1937, the population of Egypt was 15.9 million (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Egypt) whereas it currently stands at 94 million (plus 10 million who live outside Egypt).
Another difference these days is that we put more emphasis on creating opportunities for Egyptian artists to travel to the UK, build links with artists in the UK and create an audience for their work. In 2017, for example, we supported Egyptian artists to perform at the Arab Arts Focus at the Edinburgh Festival, Shubbak Festival, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival.