Changing Education Paradigm

Mohammed RIzkallah

Mohammed Rizkallah

Education has reached a pivotal point where reform is necessary for two main reasons; first of all, education must transform to suit the ever-changing cultural and economic needs. Second, it is crucial to make the best use of students' time and interests. In order to make that reform possible, we need to consider students as active citizens and create a setting for them to grow because of education, not despite education. This change can only be realized if the public and private sectors work hand-in-hand to foster a learning culture in their respective communities. Separately, we are beginning to see efforts from both entities towards reforming education. The Egyptian government’s efforts to digitize learning is commendable, and of grave importance, because the cost of non-digital resources and brick-and-mortar structures is incredibly high and, at this point in time, we need to cope with the growing pace of technology to advance. As for the efforts from private and entrepreneurial sectors, while worthwhile, still need to be presented in a more academic and research-based framework. Reforming education in Egypt is no menial task as there is a huge demand for quality education in Egypt, making it a lucrative field for investors. This means that to follow the right path, we need to think of education as more than a money-making enterprise and create public-private partnerships to meet the needs of students and society.

Mohammed Rizkallah holds a PhD in STEM Education from the University of Minnesota. His MA was in International and Comparative Education from the American University in Cairo and his BSc was in Physics from the American University in Cairo. Mohammed has been involved in numerous projects in Egypt, spanning from teaching every single grade from K-12, teaching university undergraduates and graduates, teaching teachers, teaching principals, all the way to leading schools and writing policies with NGOs and the public sector.

Mohammed worked with the biggest NGO in Egypt, Misr El Kheir, to develop sustainable professional development and curriculum development projects, plans, and processes for vocational high schools outside of Cairo. Moreover, he was involved, as an instructor and a consultant, in the Education First initiative to train over 10,000 teachers and principals of public schools in Egypt.

Currently, He is addressing education in Egypt from different angles. Mohammed works as a high school mathematics teacher in the American International School in Egypt. Moreover, he is the Arabic Program Director of the University of the People (a free online accredited university based in the US). He also has his own EdTech startup, which adds a layer of augmented reality to everyday objects to get the students to learn different concepts in a gamified and relevant manner. Mohammed works with the American University in Cairo to train instructors in the Professional Educator’s Diploma, which he designed the STEAM track for, and which he serves as an instructor.