Egypt is one of the most recent operating countries for IECD since 2013 through the Seeds of Hope program and the Support entrepreneurs in urban environments program started in 2017.
In a difficult economic climate where 25% of young Egyptians are unemployed, the IECD is successfully tackling the problem of young people’s access to employment. Egypt is one of the IECD’s most recent countries of intervention. In 2013, the ″Seeds of Hope″ program was deployed in Cairo and Alexandria in partnership with two Salesian schools. In agreement with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, as well as the French Chamber of Trade and Industry in Egypt, two new state schools are joining the program in 2016. They mainly target young people from poor backgrounds and mainly young girls. In June 2017, four years after the launch of the program in Egypt, the new 3-year course was accredited by the Egyptian Minister for National Education and Vocational Training.
In 2018, following the official recognition of the Electricity technical baccalaureate by the Egyptian Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training in June 2017, the IECD is working to extend the program to other public high schools. It is currently deployed in two public technical schools, namely the El Wardian high school for young girls and the Ras El Soda high school for boys, and two Don Bosco institutes in Alexandria and Cairo. For the first time, the Hilton group welcomed 6 students from the El Wardian technical high school (Alexandria) in summer 2018 for a work placement in electrical maintenance.