EduCamp II is a project that aims at helping informal areas in Egypt overcome many of their problems through educational and capacity-development activities and actions. The project is mainly a summer educational and recreational program for children, youth and women and focuses on the El Warraq informal area in Giza.
Teachers during the Primary School Teachers' Training
El Warraq, Giza (Egypt), January 26 - 29, 2015
EduCamp II logo
Presentations during the Kickoff Meeting
El Warraq, Giza (Egypt), July 20, 2014
In line with the objectives of the GIZ’s call for building on the GIZ Participatory Needs Assessment in the Giza governorate (2013), this project aims to promote education for sustainable development (ESD) as a tool to face the challenges of informal areas, focusing on El Warraq. The objectives of this project are also in line with the local efforts to find solutions for informal areas, the European Union strategy for sustainable development (2008), the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005 -2014) and the Egyptian Education Reform Policy (2008 - 2010). This project is built on the significant results of a three and a half year TEMPUS project titled, 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 main objectives of the project include:
- The development of a summer educational and recreational program, including educational and recreational sessions, as well as hand-on activities that bring key sustainable development concepts to students
- The development of a training program for school teachers and local volunteers to build their capacity, using best practices from ESD teaching methodologies
- The improvement and renovation of the existing educational and recreational facilities in two of the three public schools located in El Warraq
- The pilot implementation of the summer educational and recreational program for two weeks
These objectives were achieved through participatory activities that included adapting the EduCamp kits to the local community in El Warraq, in order to provide educational activities in the form of games, outdoor activities, group discussions and experiments. Additionally, this project emphasizes innovative teaching methodologies, which ensures that students are actively engaged in the educational process, thus motivating students to attend, while reducing the dropout rate. The kits tackle specific, complex topics in the official school curricula, which will reduce the need for private tutoring. The project also focuses on building capacities among school teachers and young volunteers to facilitate activities with children, which will ensure further application of the project results even beyond the project lifetime.
The Center for Sustainable Development of The American University in Cairo coordinated and managed the program. SEKEM Development Foundation and Mohby Omkora were partners with AUC in this project. While SEKEM Development Foundation provided expertise in ESD and project dissemination, the nongovernmental organization in El Warraq worked toward realizing the activities in the area and ensuring project sustainability.
For more information about the project, visit educamp.eu.