Minister of Planning: Establishing 40 applied technology schools in cooperation with the private sector

Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, said that the green transformation has been included in the academic system in Egypt, including institutions and curricula, where technical schools and universities have been established, and these schools and universities focus on adapting capacity building to trends related to climate action and green growth, She noted the establishment of 40 applied technology schools in cooperation with the private sector, in addition to many technological universities.

Al-Saeed added that to enhance the role of the sector skills councils, there is a need to identify and anticipate green skills needs, develop their standards and link them to the national skills standard, in addition to translating green skills needs into educational and training programs, developing a green skills response strategy and action plan, as well as monitoring their implementation.

This came during the participation of Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, in a session entitled: “Technical Education for Climate Change”, on the sidelines of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), which Egypt is hosting in Sharm Sheikh during the period from 7 to 18 November, in the presence of a number of heads of state, and a wide international participation in the presence of more than 40 thousand participants representing about 190 countries, and dozens of international and regional organizations.

During her speech at the session, Dr. Hala Al-Saeed said that the transition to a carbon-neutral economy is not only necessary to stop climate change, but it is also an engine of economic growth with the ability to create millions of green jobs, and green jobs directly aim to protect the environment and reduce the impact on the health of the planet.

She added that supporting green jobs leads to improving the efficiency of energy and raw materials, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, to reduce waste and pollution, protecting and restoring ecosystems, supporting adaptation to the effects of climate change, explaining that as a result of decarbonizing the economy and developing a circular economy, a circular economy will be created. The professions of the future, with current jobs adapting to the new green reality.

Al-Saeed explained, in a press release, today, Friday, that creating green jobs requires identifying the skills needed for a greener economy. traditional jobs, stressing that governments along with the private sector, NGOs, and academic institutions have an important role to play in addressing such challenges and accelerating green jobs, and enhancing matchmaking between employers and potential employees.

“We need a skills development strategy in response to climate change and environmental degradation and the link between them, which requires coordination between environmental policy-making and those related to education and training, and we also need to study the barriers to integrating greening-related skills into related policies and strategies,” she said.

The Minister of Planning and Economic Development referred to the National Structural Reform Program, where one of its main pillars is to strengthen the labor market to reflect the rising trends and growing needs. As part of this program, sectoral skills councils were launched to align the supply side of the labor market with the demand side. Dealing extensively with our Technical Education and Vocational Training system, which bears the responsibility of responding to new green professions and greening existing ones.

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