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John Casson: Talented Ambitious Young Egyptians Make their Country Super Power

John Casson: Talented Ambitious Young Egyptians Make their Country Super Power

British Council Egypt and Pearson Edexcel are honoured to award their outstanding students at their annual Outstanding Pearson Learner Award ceremony on Tuesday, 21 February 2017, at the British Embassy in Cairo in the presence of HE Dr Tarek Shawky, Minister of Education and Vocational Education.

 Co-hosted by John Casson, British Ambassador in Egypt, Jeff Streeter, Director of British Council in Egypt, and Ahmed Ismail, Director Pearson Egypt, the ceremony celebrated the academic achievements of secondary school learners in the 2016 Edexcel IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) exams.

Among the distinguished guests attending this event is Dr Grace Grima, Director of Research, Pearson UK. Proud parents and teachers from leading schools across Egypt were happy to attend the event to witness the top achievers receiving their awards.

67 awards are presented to Egyptian student winners who topped millions of students around the world for exceptional performance in Pearson Edexcel examinations, including Top in Egypt and Africa Awards for international Qualifications.

 John Casson said: "What is it that makes Egypt a potential super power in the twenty-first century? Not just oil and gas. Not just antiquities. It is the brainpower of talented ambitious young Egyptians.  That's why we are today celebrating 57 outstanding Egyptian young students who have achieved academic success on a global stage. It's a privilege to welcome such Egyptian talent to the Embassy. Today is another reminder of the world changing things that happen when you put together Egypt's amazing human potential with Britain's world class education in education.  Egypt and Britain are an unstoppable partnership.  Just look at the £50m Newton Mosharafa programme for science research. Look at the Chevening scholarships which have given British University education to 1,300 of Egypt’s best and brightest over the last generation. Look at the hunger of the new generation - with more Chevening applications in 2016 than from any other country on Earth. Look at the British Council giving over 100,000 Pearson Edexcel exams over the past five years. My pledge to these 57 outstanding young Egyptians is this: Britain will keep investing in education to the next Egyptian generation unlock their full potential to build a new Egypt.”

 Jeff Streeter said: “We are very proud of students in Egypt who rank Top in Africa and are in the top ten 10 in the world, this year, with 25 awards out of a global total of “Top of the World Higher Achievers” of 946. This shows a new level of skills attainment for Egyptian youth. British Council enjoys its partnership with Pearson Edexcel and the Ministry of Education and Vocational training to support the continual progress in the lives of young people in Egypt. We are delighted to be creating opportunities for Egyptian students to thrive in a global market.”

 Ahmed Ismail, Director Pearson Egypt, said: "At Pearson we help people make progress in their lives through learning. We work at every point of the learning journey from Preschool up to work place cultivating a love of learning and helping learners gain the skills they need to either pursue academic paths or simply get employed. The Outstanding Pearson Learner Awards Ceremony is always a special and memorable day for Pearson Qualification International. There is no joy compared to sharing 57 high achievers the moments when they get awarded for their hard efforts and perseverance."

The IGCSE exams were first introduced by the British Council in Egypt in 1990 and are offered to 120 different schools across Egypt. They represent one part of the wide range of highly distinguished educational systems and programmes offered by the British Council in Egypt in cooperation with Edexcel international and the Ministry of Education.



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