In March 2016, the British Council’s first ‘UK-Egypt English Language Teaching Partnerships Forum’ took place in London, at which the British Council presented new research on opportunities on English Language Teaching in Egypt.  

The forum was designed for UK stakeholders to learn more about the context for English teaching and learning in Egypt and to explore potential strategic partnerships. It aimed to help identify commercial opportunities that are available for UK ELT providers as well as types of ELT/language education research collaborations or institutional levels links that might be required. 

The report, ‘English language teaching and learning in Egypt: an insight’ by Hamish McIlwraith and Alistair Fortune, is the result of preliminary research into English language teaching and learning in Egypt to better understand the current situation particularly in the Basic and Secondary stages of education from the point of view of ministries, teachers, students, parents and employers. The research makes recommendations as to what changes education authorities might make to improve English learning and assessment and to suggest how UK agencies and stakeholders from public and private sectors might successfully engage with the Ministry of Education’s reform process.

‘The research highlights that many parents in Egypt rely on private tuition. As much as $2bn per year (25% of the total education budget) is spent by parents on private education, to enable young people to access further education and employment. The research carried out interviews with students taking private lessons to prepare for the school leaving certificate, who stated: ‘We are too busy studying to go to school.’ With the population set to increase by more than 40 million by 2050 and a current illiteracy rate exceeding 30% in rural areas, there is increasing pressure on and challenges to education in the state sector in Egypt.

We hope the research and forum will provide an opportunity for UK and Egyptian businesses and higher education institutions to explore potential partnerships and opportunities, to support increasing quality and access to education in Egypt.’

We would like to invite you to download, read and share this research widely.