Diplomatic briefs

11-11-2012 07:04 PM

Mary Fikry - Antoun Milad

Last week an eco-friendly lighting system went into operation at al-Furn Square in the al-Zabaleen (the garbage-collectors) district in Muqqattam, Cairo. The system is powered by

solar energy, and is the one of the first of its kind in Egypt.

The project was part of the French fund LOCUS activities for sustainable development and the French University in Egypt (UFE).

Premier skills

On Monday 5 November, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between British Council Egypt and the Ministry of Youth on Premier Skills Programme.  The MOU was signed by the Minister of Sports, al-Emary Farouq Mohamed Abdel Hamid and Mr James Watt, British Ambassador to Egypt on behalf of British Council. The signing took place in the premises of the Ministry of Youth.

Premier Skills is a partnership programme between the British Council and the English Premier skills.jpgPremier League that uses football as a tool to engage with and develop the skills of young people. It works with small groups of enthusiastic sports volunteers, coaches, and teachers to create community-coaching networks capable of delivering high quality football-based activities to young people. The face to face programme involves practical football coaching sessions as well as workshops on a range of coach education topics, such as fitness, nutrition, and community sports administration.

Food for education

The National Bank of Egypt (NBE) has teamed up with the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) to work to enhance school attendance for primary school children in the southern governorate of Sohag in Egypt. Bearing in mind that many of these children are driven into the labour market by their parents to help provide for their poor families, the WFP-NBE project aims at keeping these children in school by providing them with daily, nutritional meals, and handing their families monthly quotas of dry foods. The monthly food Food for education.jpgquota was planned so that its value would be equivalent to the sum the child would bring in if sent to work. Families qualify for it once their children attain an 80 per cent rate of attendance in school.

The NBE has granted a million Egyptian Pounds in funding for the project. Some 9,500 underprivileged children in 74 schools in Sohag will benefit from it.

German Science Day in Cairo

To celebrate the launch of the new German Science Centre (DWZ) in Cairo tomorrow, the nine partner organisations will host the German Science Day on their premises in Zamalek. The day includes a number of workshops, presentations, movie screenings, discussions, with ample of space for consultation and interaction with German experts and representatives from German top universities and research institutes, funding and educational organisations.

The nine German partner organisations are: the German Academic Exchange Service; the Free University, Berlin;  the Technical University Berlin; the Technical University of Munich; the German Institute for Middle East Studies; Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; the Fraunhofer Foundation; the University of Marburg, and the central administration ofr German schools outside Germany.

Watani International

11 November 2012

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