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Egypt K-12 Education Sector Overview

Steady Growth

Cairo, Egypt, 20 October 2020 – Colliers International, The Global Commercial Real Estate Leader, released its latest white paper on Egypt’s K-12 Education market. The overview provides an in – depth analysis of the key factors impacting the sector and its outlook as well as identifies challenges and opportunities for operators and investors.

Education is considered as one of the main pillars of Egypt’s development, with a population of 101 Million as of October 2020, of which approximately 31% are of school going age. Consequently, Egypt has the largest student population in the MENA region, estimated at 23 Million K-12 students in 2020, with Greater Cairo accounting for 20% (4.6 Million) of total number.

Mansoor Ahmed, Director of Healthcare, Education and Public Private Partnerships (PPP), highlighted: “Naturally the increase in population is expected to create demand for additional school seats, it is the future of the private sector that is in itself attractive. Based on our projections, an additional 11.0 Million new seats will be required in Egypt by 2030, out of which 2.1 Million will be in the private sector. In Greater Cairo that equates to almost 1.0 Million in the private sector”.

The growth in population is also driving demand for residential properties alongside a change in household preferences, from single units to communities or gated developments. Consumer preferences for greater security and social infrastructure (health, education, retail, leisure and entrainment) is a significant attractor for these communities. This changing behavior has fueled demand for community schools across Egypt but mostly in Cairo.

Mansoor adds: “These new communities are attracting number of international branded schools, such as the Kent College School Cairo in Orascom’s new development and “O West” in West Cairo”.

The Overview also highlights implications for the K-12 education sector by 2030 for Egypt as well as Greater Cairo and discusses a range of other issues including affordability and choice of curriculum.

Mansoor concludes: “Egypt represents one of the most attractive destinations in the Middle East for investors aiming to gain a foothold in the education sector in the region. The sector is forecasted to grow organically driven by demographics and other key factors such as, low private sector participation and curriculum preferences (British curriculum as the most popular choice in Greater Cairo). The K12 education sector in Egypt particularly, the private K12 education sector, offers lucrative opportunities for education operators, developers and investors. However, it also poses number of challenges including bureaucracy, fee level sensitivity, attracting and retaining qualified staff”.