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Monday, 9 March 2020

CIRA, ODE sign agreement to establish international schools in O West

CIRA, ODE sign agreement to establish two int’l schools in O West: Cairo for Investment and Real Estate Development (CIRA) and Orascom Development Egypt (ODE) have signed a cooperation agreement to establish branches of two international schools in the O West development complex in Sixth of October, ODE said in a statement (pdf). The schools are worth a combined EGP 450 mn and are due to open in the 2021-22 academic year. The two schools are branches of Germany’s Saxony International School (SIS) and Canada’s British Columbia Canadian International School (BCCIS). SIS will offer the German curriculum and tuition for both the International Baccalaureate and the Abitur, while BCCIS will offer the educational curriculum used in British Columbia, according to the statement.

CIRA subsidiary Eduhive for educational services will supervise the two schools, the statement says. Eduhive is specialized in managing education systems and has already established many international schools in the region. Both SIS and BCCIS already have an extensive global presence, with SIS owning 18 schools and 18 nurseries in Germany, which have some 4.5k students in total, and BCCIS owning 47 schools worldwide, in Egypt, France, Japan, Bahrain, China, Colombia and Thailand.

Agreement in line with CIRA’s strategy of expanding int’l partnerships: “The establishment of SIS West and BCCIS West schools at O West is in line with the company’s strategy to expand international educational partnerships, which add to the diversity of the company's educational services,” CIRA said in the statement. The cooperation is a strategic step for the company to achieve its growth and to continue providing the Egyptian students with high-quality education services reaching different segments of the Egyptian society, said CIRA CEO Mohamed El Kalla.

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