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Egypt launches one of the largest national projects: "Knowledge Bank"

Education is one of most controversial issues facing the Egyptian society. Education is the engine that will move the country forward towards future horizons that’s why Egypt launches one of the largest national projects “Knowledge Bank”. A nationwide project aimed at providing all Egyptian citizens with access to quality research and education materials.

The Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) is the biggest digital library in the world, housing contents of the most prominent publishing houses all over the world such as National Geographic, Discovery Cambridge, Oxford, Reuters, Britannica and others.

The presidency launched the Egyptian Knowledge Bank project today as part of an initiative dubbed “Toward an Egyptian community that learns, thinks, and innovates”, announced by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in December 2014.

اليوم بدئ البث التجريبي البنك المعرفة المصري و ستقوم البوابة باتاحة خدمتها كاملة بدءًا من ٢٣ يناير ٢٠١٦.

Posted by Egyptian Knowledge Bank on Saturday, January 9, 2016

Back in November, Tarek Shawki, dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering, is signed agreements with publishers from around the world to establish the “Egyptian Knowledge Bank”, The agreements will grant anyone with an Egyptian IP address free access to publications, journals, audio/video/image libraries, software and books from around the world.

Egyptian knowledge bank, will grant all Egyptians from all ages access to the largest amount of knowledge, cultural and scientific contents whether it is basic, applied, technology, human or management science and even public cultural books, including books targeting children.

Now the Board of Trustees of the project is being formed with a mission to set programs and mechanisms to activate ways for utilizing all this content, through conducting public forums and workshops from various governorates, In universities, youth centers, culture palaces, clubs and schools.

For any Egyptian citizen in country, through a unified portal, inside the Arab Republic of Egypt, to be used through all computers, as well as smart phones and tablets.

49.6 of Egypt’s 90 million citizens are internet users, The portal services all Egyptian citizens with different cultures and ages, to ensure that each segment receives the appropriate contents and services suitable for their interests and needs, the portal sections will be provided into main four categories:

  • Researchers: target all academic and researchers;
  • Students: target Egyptian students from primary till university;
  • Kids: target till 6th grade;
  • General reader: free to all Egyptians.

For each of the four categories, the portal will provide customized user experience, and different services to ensure that scientific and culture information reach all Egyptian citizens in a simplified and flexible way.

All citizens have the right to access the portal, but a registration module is provided to collect information related to the visitors to provide customized experience for logged-in users via their interests list.

The Education and Scientific Research Council embarked on the formation of a Board of Trustees to develop a vision and strategy for the project. The Egyptian Knowledge Bank project is the first of its kind and the largest in the world, said Tarek Shawky, secretary of the presidency’s special councils.

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