In recognizing that fighting child labour in Egypt still remains a big challenge, the EU and the World Food Programme signed a Contribution Agreement to launch and implement the “Enhancing Access of Children to Education and Fighting Child Labour” programme. The programme, which was implemented in the years 2014-2018, aimed at providing incentives to the poorest families to keep sending their children to school, and thus drawing them away from the labour market.
The programme assisted not only children living in the most vulnerable governorates in Egypt through the provision of nutritious daily in-school snacks but also the members of their families by providing them with take home ration and reducing the dependence of poor households on child labour. It also supported teachers, enhancing their skills and knowledge through capacity strengthening on pedagogical skills, nutrition, positive discipline, class management, emergency preparedness, and education through arts and drama, and rehabilitated over 1,300 schools through the refurbishment of various school facilities. Lastly, it supported the implementation of a national strategy against child labour and the improvement of the legal framework on child labour protection as well as its enforcement at the local level.
EPRD will support these endeavours by providing the final evaluation of the programme. We will conduct an overall independent assessment of the past performance of the programme, paying particular attention to the results of the programme measured against its expected objectives; and the reasons underpinning such results.
EPRD will commence its activities in mid-March with initial desk research and will subsequently move on to the field phase in Egypt, where all relevant stakeholder will be interviewed. After the field mission, the EPRD’s evaluation team will come up with key lessons learned, conclusions and related recommendations in order to improve current and future Interventions.