The Cairo Symposium will take place on 27 and 28 January 2015 at the Fairmont Nile City in Cairo, Egypt.


The Symposium will cover three interlinked themes:

EMPLOYABILITY: the interaction of individuals, education, business and the labour market

  • English (and other language) skills and the world of work
  • Soft skills development
  • Skills gaps and mismatches
  • Higher education, language policy and employability 

SKILLS: the dimension of teaching methodology and pedagogy

  • How skills are planned for and implemented in education reform around the region
  • Dimensions of skills provision and delivery in the education system, including: 
  • Classroom and training room practice;
  • Training for education professionals
  • Curriculum reform
  • Qualifications and certification – implications for teaching and learning 

OPPORTUNITIES: the needs and challenges of the labour market across the MENA region

  • The socio-economic context of education, skills  development and employability across the region: human development, social equity and livelihoods challenges
  • Social entrepreneurship 
  • 21st Century skills: STEM skills in the MENA region
  • Social learning platforms for young people
  • Core Skills for Work framework
  • Qualifications and certification – pathways for skills development and employment. 

Input from invited speakers will stimulate discussions around key issues, dealing with the wider socio-economic contextual issues and focusing on the skills, employability and opportunity sub-themes; the role and needs of the private sector, and how greater interaction between the worlds of work and education can bring benefits to the quality of skills development in schools, colleges and universities, as well as to employment opportunities for young people.