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Student Community Projects

An important and rather unique aspect of the sustainable development program is the students’ community projects, where the students are asked to develop their own community-based projects by selecting a real-world problem from their own communities (work, society, university and school). To develop the project, students must work in groups to transform a community problem into a project, which includes problem identification, objectives to be achieved, work-packages, mile-stones, time-plan, responsibilities followed by implementation and assessing its impact.

These interdisciplinary teams have developed projects in diverse areas, ranging from urban mobility (carpooling) to recycling applications, community schools and more.


HOPE - Women Empowerment in Batn El Baqara

Team members: Aya Farid, Hannah Becker, Lobna Salem, Randa El Masry, Sara Khaled

Main results and impact: a project which aimed at enhancing the living conditions of young women in Batn El Baqara, an underprivileged area of Cairo, and at fostering their empowerment by following the principles of sustainable development and the methods of community-based participatory research.



Team members: Charles Sandazza, Ghada Amin, Hisham El-Issawy, Mostafa Elsayed, Nora Shalaby and Salah Maged

Main results and impact: a project which reuses tires in furniture manufacturing: an eco-friendly approach to manufacture furniture using sustainable material as its main constructing element as opposed to unsustainable non-renewable material. The introduction of caout-chair to the Egyptian market aims at reducing the wood consumption in furniture production by replacing the unsustainable material – the wood – with a more sustainable material, which is reused tire.


Sustainable Model for School Development

Team Members: Alia Azzam Doaa Mohamed Nehal Ali Kimera Fahad Ismail Tammam

 Main results and impact:a community-based project aiming at setting a model to follow throughout schools in Egypt, where the most feasible aspects of helping students in an Egyptian school create a better environment for themselves and their surrounding community.


Entrepreneurial Solutions to Egypt‘s Traffic Problem

Team members: Ahmed Okasha Sherine Abdel Salam Wessam Adly

Targeted community: Tawseela – a carpooling service provider – and users, who are mainly people ranging from 23 to 40 years and are university graduates or professionals who own a private car

Main results and impacts: The project succeeded in collecting data from 79 surveys and presented the analysis to the Tawseela team. Further, the project managed to get Tawseela engaged with all the activities and deliverables. A fully fledged marketing campaign plan has also been delivered to the management. It was possible to manage developing and integrate the benefit calculator, as well as run it in the pilot phase.

Implementation of Greening Techniques at a Restaurant: Lessons Learned and Recommendations

Team members: Hajer Awatta – Hussein Bakry – John Estephanous

Targeted community: Local restaurant in Zamalek, called Jambalaya

Main results and impacts:

The project succeeded in changing the restaurant’s lighting system, lowering usage by 855 kW/year. Furthermore, hardware upgrade recommendations were provided, which required a greater financial investment to be adopted in the long term. The project was able to increase staff sustainability engagement and awareness through training. Waste management was tackled through introducing non-disposable alternatives to lower paper waste generation, and through collaboration with a startup to collect the restaurant’s organic waste for anaerobic fermentation.

Sustainable Village Development: An Assessment of Practices and Project Feasibility Studies in Elshimi, Fayyoum

 Team members: Ahmed ElBughdadi Hassan Sobhy Iman Mostafa Somaya ElBadry Yumna Kassim

Targeted community: ElShimi, a rural village in Fayyoum

Main results and impacts:

The project’s first outcome was a full assessment for Sona' AlHayah project. The project also succeeded to develop a feasibility study and several income-generating ideas. All techniques were fully assessed and recommendations given for each of them. One technique was advised for Sona' AlHayah to undertake, along with some recommendations to incorporate sustainability into further projects.

Sustainable Development Education Program in Stabl Antar\

 Team members:  Hazem ElseoudyMenna Sabry Nada Ragab Niveen Torky

Targeted community: Stabl Antar Community School - pupils and teacher

Main results and impacts: The project succeeded in reaching out to one of the slum areas in Egypt and delivered some sustainable development concepts to one of their community schools. In order to ensure the sustainability of the project, a reach-out campaign for the teachers was implemented. Behavioral changes were noticed from the students and teachers. Furthermore, a relationship between the project’s community school and SEKEM School was established in order for Stabl Antar teachers to receive more training on EduCamp activities during the upcoming mid-year vacation.

Sustainability Literacy

 Team members:  Akram Marwan Eman Motawi Noha Hesham Riham Kabbani Yomna El-Awamri

Targeted community: Startups, civil society and students

Main results and impacts: A curriculum for sustainable development was developed based on ISO 26000 standards of social corporate responsibility and many other sources. A career coaching and a sustainable development awareness session was delivered to 200 students at Heliopolis University. Furthermore, the team members assisted GIZ in the production of the sustainable startup handbook by providing case studies and translating. Three contracts with two companies (Ability CC and Polaris industrial parks) and one NGO (Working Environment Foundation - WEF), ensuring their commitment to the UN Global Compact were signed. Another success was to inject the concept of sustainability in the Youth Innovation Program of Nahdet El Mahrousa competition and also in partnering with WEF to integrate our curriculum in their training programs such as the nursing program with Misr El-Kheir Foundation.


Toward Sustainable Solid Waste Management for an Island Resort in Qatar

 Team members: Ahmed Abbas Ali Kheir El Din – Heba Alla Karmany Rania Hamza

Targeted community: Management and staff of island resort

Main results and impacts: The project succeeded to develop a comprehensive proposal for the resort’s management, containing sustainable ways for collecting waste and its utilization. Furthermore, an awareness and educational campaign for staff was proposed to disseminate knowledge and information about the ground rules of sustainability and how to become environmentally friendly. This shall serve to share a common vision and practice among the resort community and understand the logic and benefits of the proposed sustainability program.

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