Creative Studies Foundation introduced in Luxor, Egypt
I recently read an article on Egypttoday.com describing model and actress, Elisa Sednaoui’s new foundation that focuses on the creative encouragement of children in Egypt. The foundation is called the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation; the goal is to build a locally run community cultural center in Luxor, Egypt. The purpose of the center is to expose children to different cultures all the while helping them develop their own national identity. The foundation wants to provide children with the tools to create something they can sell while also teaching them about the world outside of Egypt.
I think the idea is noble and aims to help the local children understand that they are not limited to tradition. I understand tradition is heavily emphasized in this part of the world and it is nice to see a healthy compromise being encouraged. I do also believe that having researched much of what is going on in Egypt currently, this particular publication is intent on emphasizing the good over the bad. In my opinion, I think it’s refreshing to hear some good news coming out of that area. News that is positive as opposed to fixated on the civil unrest that these children are facing on a daily basis.
Article Author: by Dominika Maslikowski
Article Link: http://egypttoday.com/blog/2014/01/27/a-model-project/
El Mashrou3 will debut as the first reality tv show featuring young entrepreneurs on Egyptian television. The show features 14 contestants from many different backgrounds, all aspiring to create a truly successful business. This program not only has the potential to entertain the African community, but also serves as an educational experience. Based off what I’ve read of the premise of the show, there is a well connected community of sponsors eager to inspire and motivate the people of Egypt. There are HUGE corporations involved like Google Egypt, Volkswagen, Samsung, and Microsoft just to name a few. It would seem, given the current economic conditions in Egypt and the indefinable fate of the government, people need to know that they have tools available to them the affect the world around them. Although reality tv usually has a negative stigma to it, I think in this case the show can serve to excite many young Egyptian entrepreneurs and encourage them.
Article Author: Daily News Egypt
This story is inspiring. Bashayer Cooperative Workshop located in Helway, Egypt, has been operating since 2004. Their aim is to increase “female representation in local society”. They hold workshops geared towards training local females from low-income, informal neighborhoods and teach them how to design items such as table cloths, home and kitchen accessories, and women’s and children’s clothing. Bayshayer’s goals have impacted the local communities and empowered the local women. Right now their biggest struggle is marketing. Aside from that, there is no shortage of volunteers for the group. I think it is inspiring to see the women of the community create, design, and consider their own futures. Considering all that has gone on with the economy in Egypt as of late, I would imagine it is motivating for these women to realize they can take their fate into their own hands.
Article Author: Omar El Adi of Daily News Egypt
I wanted to start my first post, not with a current affairs story, but with an explanation. I chose Egypt as my focus of interest for this blog. The main reason behind this choice is that in terms of a discussion of Africa, I ALWAYS forget that Egypt is a part of Africa. Some how in my head is disassociated with the continent of Africa. Stereotypes and media portrayal of what Africa “looks like” and what the people look and dress like may have jaded my perspective. There is really no good explanation for why I immediately assume that.
When I asked friends and family where they though Egypt was on a map, I got about a 70/30 percent answer in agreement with my same sentiment. So, when given this assignment, I decided to focus my energy on exploring this country and finding out all of the good things that are happening there. There is no shortage of bad news in Africa, that’s why I am pleased that we were encouraged to find positive, uplifting stories.