Monday 11 July 2016

Elhamy Naguib, an artist from Cairo and an extremely knowledgeable expert on Egyptian culture, has experience on all fronts: from painting to modern design, from book illustration to the creation of graffiti paintings. In the course of the events this great inventive artist has a chance to meet Koz Kazah, our counterpart for the projects in Egypt. As he himself says it’s the beginning of a new commitment.

«As soon as Koz Kazah was registered as a foundation in Cairo, I was asked to be on board. Among the first projects we were asked to take part in was a project managed by Caritas Egypt. The project was called “Children in danger” and was aimed to help children who deserted schools and who come from marginalized areas in Cairo.

We, at Koz Kazah contacted the Don Bosco vocational school in Shubrah, Cairo to use their grounds during the school’s day off. Upon receiving their consent we proceeded in the recruitment of the boys who were willing to join our program.

Our aim from day one was to integrate kids from predominantly Islamic neighborhoods with Christian kids, usually over-protected by the church and their parents. We discovered that there is a real misunderstanding between both groups.

The program, still ongoing, includes formation through sports for peace (with an emphasis on soccer), social interaction, gender identification, hygiene, citizenship, and art appreciation.

I am in charge of the arts program. I designed a curriculum that included hands on activities for boys between 10 and 15 years to explore different materials. Other colleagues are working on younger children. Wood, paint, papers, brushes, wires, cardboard, and recycled materials of all kinds were introduced. Children were learning in an experiential way how to:

  • Work together as a team.
  • Think creatively.
  • Respect time and deadlines.
  • Understand the importance of education without preaching.
  • Get an appreciation of the arts.
  • Lean the joy of an achievement.
  • Learn to have fun in a cultural activity.
  • Discipline and good work habits.

One important group project was done twice with the boys: making a mural. This project was the culmination of a series of learning experiences and can provide a sense of pride for the children since it is usually displayed for everybody to see. The boys performed two murals. One with vivid colors and the other using complex colors. Both murals tackled the subject of boys and their future dreams.»

(to be continued)

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