Egypt/ 8.3 Arts and cultural education  

8.3.4 Higher arts education and professional training

It has been written in Asala Society for Heritage and Modern Arts’ periodically issued magazine: handicrafts in Egypt compose a vital and developing civilized popular heritage. It is the product and outcome of an experience dating back to thousands of years and represented by many products including textiles and tents, inscribed ceramic and metal chips, kilims and rugs, silver and golden jewelry, furniture, folk ware and ornamented linens and silk. Industrial ateliers working in these fields and considered as the vocational training centers, even if craftsmen are graduated from an intermediate institute, number to approximately 2036 ateliers providing job opportunities to more than 32 thousand people.

Wooden products including those made on the Arab Style of turning and dovetailing comes first with the number of the certificated ateliers reaching 1109, 55% of total ateliers, and providing job opportunities to16978 workers, 53% of total employment. Metal and jewelry handicrafts (cooper, golden and silver) come next with a number of ateliers reaching 429, 21% of total ateliers, and an employment figure reaching 6578. With a total reaching 770 handicraft ateliers, the governorate of Cairo comes first, and is followed by the governorate of Dumyat including 287ateliers, while Al-Sharqiyeh comes thirdly with a total of 211 ateliers.

A partnership between Egypt and Germany represented by Mubarak-Kohl project aims at improving vocational education and training. Another project aims at improving both vocational training and productivity; it is in cooperation with the EU and of 66 million euro cost. There is also the Egyptian European Fund for supporting the EU Program of research, development and innovation. But websites have not set whether “arts and culture” are also targeted by the improvement of vocational training through this partnership or not yet?

Chapter published: 07-04-2016