David Fairbairn-Day

Project Director Teachers First

David is an experienced and expert education development professional with a unique blend of teaching, education leadership and business skills. He has worked with governments, corporations, funding organizations and NGO’s advising on and developing projects for the use of technology in education. He has been involved in global education for over a decade having previously taught for 10 years and been an education consultant in the UK for 5.
He has spoken at and taken workshops at many international conferences such as including World Islamic Economic Forum, African Union, Global Education Leaders Programme, BESA, UNESCO, NAACE, Planet Earth Institute, International and Private Schools Education Forum (IPSEF). At the UNESCO ICT in Education conference he was awarded the honour of presenting the most innovative idea in educational technology. He has had a number of advisory roles such as Chief Education Adviser, EMEA, Knowledge Motion Ltd; Director, British Education Suppliers Association (BESA) and Chairman of the Software and Technologies Interest Group; and Education Adviser, One Future Renewables Ltd.
David has led on initiatives such as curriculum designer for national governments, as principal consultant for a national education project, creator and implementer of global education support programmes to support pre and post sales activities, running proof of concept (POC) and prototype programmes in several countries and developed proposals for the effective use of renewable technologies in accelerating educational change in developing countries.
He graduated from Loughborough University, UK with an Honours degree in Sports Science and a Certificate of Education. He has taught in Further Education, Secondary and Primary schools, leaving a post as Deputy Head teacher in 2001.
David lives in the UK with his wife and young daughter and enjoys the outdoor life as much as possible. He has represented his country in 2 sports and coached a national team for 3 years.

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Ministry Liaison

Abdul-Rahim Shash

Ministry of Education Liaison

Although he has never thought of working as a teacher, once Abdul-Rahim Shash joined the faculty of Education (English Language Department), he decided to be a unique teacher with a different style. In his continuous search for this unique style he did his best in his study, and spent long hours in every public or specialized library in his city absorbing the knowledge in their books in all fields to form his own database on how human personality being shaped and/or reshaped to make the best change in the learners minds and souls.
Having graduated, he had to take the second crucial decision in his practical life that he chose to work with adults through the Language lab in Science Exploration Center for eight years. During these years he managed to train about five thousand trainees on English language skills and the techniques of passing through the international certificate tests in English, believing that teaching for adults should work on the trainee’s comprehensive personality development, not only to give him some more information.
He joined a lot of educational training courses, in addition to passing the professional teacher diploma from the faculty of education – Ain shams University. He is now working on his master degree in the professional development for teachers.
In 2013, he joined the technical office of the minister of education as an educational specialist, through this position he managed to have a closer and deeper understanding of the mechanisms of making the educational decisions. In October 2015 he was chosen to join Teachers First project (the first cohort) for teachers’ professional development, then he worked with the project as a trainer, in addition to playing the role of Ministry Liaison for the whole project.

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Sayeda Amin

Ministry of Education Liaison

Sayeda a qualified, certified KG teacher and principal who especially enjoys learning and teaching young children. She earned her Bachelor of Kindergarten dgree in 1992 from Ain-Shams University Faculty of girls and from this time she discovered her love for teaching and learning.
Because she believes in continuous learning, she received “Post Graduate Diploma of education for two years” from Ain Shames University, Faculty of girls in 1994, completed her Masters of education degree in educational philosophy in Cairo university, May 2015. She continued to have her pre-PHD from Cairo University in 2016
Since her graduation, Sayeda worked as a Kindergarten Teacher in one of experimental schools, as a supervisor for KG teachers, but she missed the classroom, so worked as a KG manager in early childhood center from 2003 till 2015 where she was chosen to be one of the committee that is responsible for setting a teacher guide for the developed KG curriculum during the UNESCO project with the ministry of education. She also worked as an education assistant consultant for phase two of the UNESCO project in 2012 /1015 and as an IT manager; she was responsible for preparing educational software material for children. Sayeda also worked as an education assistant consultant for developing early childhood education in Egypt 2003 and worked as a trainer in the same project for KG teachers all over Egypt in developing curriculum-2004 until now as an accredited trainer from the teachers academy 2012. She works as performance monitor and evaluator in the minister’s office since 2015.
She is all the time seeking professional development inside and outside Egypt in England, Beirut, Dubai and America.
She is always an active Teacher and manager and for these reasons she received several awards including ” An ideal KG teacher all over the country ” in 2000 ,“Certificate of Merit from the President of the Central Administration of Basic Education and Kindergarten from 2004 until 2013”. “First place originally and the second place globally in international competition leaders to advocate Early Childhood Development (ECD) issues in her own country in 2014”. “Got the Order of Distinction from the first layer from the President of the Republic in the Teacher’s Day 2014”.

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