In line with the objectives of GIZ’s call for proposal and building on the GIZ Participatory Needs Assessment in Giza Governorate (2013), this action aims to promote the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as a tool to face the challenges of informal areas with the main focus being on El Warraq. The objectives of this action are also in line with the Egyptian effort to find solutions for informal areas, EU strategy for sustainable development (2008), the UN Decade Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), and the Egyptian Education Reform Policy (2008-2010). This action will make use of the significant results of a 3.5-year TEMPUS project entitled “Education for Sustainable Development beyond the Campus (EduCamp)” which was the first initiative in Egypt to bring universities and schools together in a structured mechanism to introduce ESD in public schools nationwide.
The EduCamp II kickoff meeting was held Sunday, July 20 in Mohamed Farid School in the El-Warraq Elhadar area. The meeting brought together representatives of Center for Sustainable Development at AUC, Sekem Development Foundation, Mohby Om Elkorra nongovernmental organization, representatives from the Ministry of Education, teachers from the local schools, as well as community figures and local volunteers. The GIZ was invited to meet the project team and receive information about the progress of the project.
The project team (representatives from the AUC and SEKEM) visited El Warraq area in a preliminary fact finding mission and met the team of Mohby Omkora NGO. The team of the NGO introduced the project partners to two main targeted schools, and youth centers as well as other group of youth from the area. The preliminary discussion was very motivating and shows very high interest in the area for such educational activities especially the focus on youth and women.
The problems of the area are highly complex and interrelated. Education, while playing a role in a more sustainable behavior, also plays a role in greater levels of consumption of electricity offsetting the improved behavior. Therefore, the aspect of ESD in a must for better development of informal areas. By bringing ESD in the area, it could potentially have a transformative effect by ensuring that those who received such education also exhibit significantly sustainable levels of consumption than their peers through increased awareness of environmental and sustainability issues as well as an increased appreciation of sustainable behavior.
The Summer Educational and Recreational Programme for Children, Youth and Women (EduCamp II) took part in the signing ceremony for contracting the grant beneficiaries of the Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP). The event took place on July 7, 2014 in Cairo. EduCamp II was presented during the event as one of the 17 selected projects that will be funded by the European Union, in collaboration with the PDP of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ; German International Cooperation Agency).
For a successful implementation of EduCamp II, a training workshop on needs assessment was held on July 16 and 17, 2014 in Warraq Elhadar at the Mohby Om Elkorra offices. Participants were representatives from both organizations, AUC and Om Elkorra NGO. The project partners acknowledged that the foundation of an effective and successful intervention measure is a well-designed needs assessment.