Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news en EU, WFP fund Egypt’s student welfare project <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>The Belgian and Dutch ambassadors&nbsp;to Egypt concluded a two-day visit to Upper Egyptian community schools on Wednesday,&nbsp;where the World Food Program (WPF) is running a European Union-funded students empowerment program.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;The Belgian Ambassador to Egypt, Gilles Heyvaert, and the Dutch Ambassador to Egypt, Gerard Steeghs, visited community schools funded by the EU through a four-year project, covering 2014-2017, that combats child labor and helps vulnerable children, especially girls, get an education,&rdquo; said a joint statement by the WFP and the EU.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;We are proud to be part of helping children &ndash;particularly young girls &ndash; to pursue their education and maintain their rights, in addition to their family members who will benefit from the project interventions,&rdquo; EU ambassador to Egypt, James Moran, stated.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Moran pointed out that the program is financed with a 60-million-euro grant and covers schools in 16 of Egypt&rsquo;s most vulnerable provinces, adding it addresses a range of problems affecting the poorest Egyptian children, such as malnutrition, access to quality primary education and child labor.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;A total of 100,000 children, mostly girls, who were previously working or are at risk of entering the labor market and 400,000 of family members benefit from the EU funded project,&rdquo; the statement explained.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:53:00 +0000 Egypt Independent 2456941 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/07/15/484151/194510_0.jpg MoU signed with China in construction of Egypt’s new capital <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Egypt has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China to partially engage the latter in the construction of the first phase of its new administrative capital east of Cairo, the most-celebrated undertaking offered to investors during the Sharm el-Sheikh economic conference last March.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Investment Minister Ashraf Salman signed an MoU with China State Construction Engineering Corporation Wednesday, by which the company could partially contribute to construction in the first phase of the new capital, the cost of which is estimated at LE45 billion.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The signing came as part of a three-day visit by Egypt&rsquo;s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to China, which began Tuesday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>After the signing, Salman stated that the Chinese side will play the role of a real estate developer, along with Egypt&rsquo;s New Urban Communities Authority and the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces. He also praised the Chinese company for its extensive knowledge in the field, as well as the size of its projects worldwide which, he said, stood at a total of US$130 billion.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt cancelled its MoU with Emirati Capital City Partners in June after disagreements emerged on financing for the new capital project.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:46:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2456939 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/12/1755/investment_minister_ashraf_salman.jpg Higher Education Ministry confidentially grants exceptions to judges, officers' sons, daughters <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Higher Education Minister Al-Sayed Abdel Khaleq received confidential authorization from the Supreme Council of Universities on August 16, stating that the children of judges, police and army officers were to be exempt from geographical allocations in universities.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>An official source at the council said the minister did not mention the authorization in the ministry&rsquo;s official statement to the media, fearing it would stir public anger, especially considering that other students were denied admission to the faculties of mass communication and economics at Cairo University.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>According to the authorization, the privileged students can opt to go to any university, regardless of their place of residence.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The source said the minister had granted the authorization for &ldquo;national reasons&rdquo;, but added that this was a violation of the law.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Cairo University President Gaber Nassar has already decided to refuse any exceptions, regardless of the minister&#39;s feelings.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mohamed al-Toukhi, vice president of Ain Shams University, said the authorization was condemned by many university presidents, but that he would have to respect it. &ldquo;We are only talking about four or five cases,&rdquo; he said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em>&nbsp;was unable to reach the minister.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:36:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2456935 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/10/15/94/minister_of_higher_education_sayyed_abdel_khaleq.jpg 2745 register for Egypt's parliamentary elections <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><div><p>2745 people registered for the parliamentary elections in Egypt on Tuesday, according to the Supreme Elections Commission (SEC).&nbsp;<br /><br />Candidates applied in all governorates, the commision said in a statement.&nbsp;<br /><br />The first phase will run from October 18 to 19. The second phase of the elections will run on November 22 and 23.&nbsp;<br /><br />The door for registration will be closed on September 13.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></div><div>This content is from :<a href="" target="_blank">Aswat Masriya</a><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:52:00 +0000 Aswat Masriya 2456946 at sites/default/files/photo/2011/12/14/228/nam_2386.jpg