Egypt Current Affairs - 2019
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The Egyptians are voting for the constitutional amendments which were overwhelmingly approved by the Egyptian Parliament.
- The amendments extend presidential terms from four to six years.
- The amendments incorporate a transitional article which would give the “current president” the right to two new terms totalling 12 years.
- The president would be allowed to pick the heads of judicial bodies and to oversee a new council charged with looking after the affairs of judges.
- The amendments confer a political role for the army to “protect” the constitution, democracy and the “civilian” nature of the state — code for preventing rule by Islamists.
- The amendments introduce one or more vice presidents, revive the Senate and enshrine a 25 per cent quota for women in parliament’s lower, legislative chamber.
Criticisms against the Amendments
- The sweeping constitutional changes show that Egypt is sinking deeper into dictatorship even though the supporters insist they are crucial for cementing stability.
- The amendments effectively serve to destroy the constitutional separation of powers, concentrating all authority into the president’s hands and solidifying his authoritarian rule.
- The amendment would formalise the military’s already considerable influence over public life.
The referendum comes eight years after a pro-democracy uprising ended Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade autocratic rule, and nearly six years after el-Sisi led a popular military overthrow Egypt’s first freely elected but divisive Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi.
India’s education technology startup ‘Dost Education’ has bagged a $25,000 Next Billion Edtech Prize 2019 along with two other winners from Tanzania and Egypt. Ubongo (Tanzania) and PraxiLabs (Egypt) were the other two winners.
Dost Education was awarded for its ability to empower parents to take charge of their child’s early education by creating short, friendly audio content that is sent to them via their mobile phones.
The software, audio content, and tool kits of Dost Education makes it easy fun and addictive for parents to boost their child’s early development, so low-income families need no longer send their children to primary school behind and without a chance to catch up.
Next Billion Edtech Prize 2019
Next Billion Edtech Prize 2019 is awarded by the UK-based Varkey Foundation. The award recognises the most innovative technology destined to have a radical impact on education in low income and emerging world countries.
The award also highlights technology’s potential to tackle the problems that have proven too difficult for successive generations of politicians to solve.