1 AUEED AHEED Together we build Ensemble nous bâtissons Annual Report/ Rapport Annuel
2 Who we are Our Mission We are a community based non-profit organization working in Upper Egypt to empower local communities; targeting the poorest of the poor through education and development programs with a special focus on children, women and youth. We work through dialogue, respect and love and in solidarity with our partners in the community. Our History The Association was established in 1940 by the Jesuit father, Henry Ayrout when he started around 120 schools ranging from one-classroom schools to fully developed primary schools. The issuance of the Law organizing education in the fifties - including setting standards for primary schools, reduced the number of schools. In 1964, the management of the Association was transferred from the Jesuits to seculars after the expansion of the Association s development activities. In 1967, it was reregistered with the Ministry of Social Affairs as a public utility organization. During the eighties and nineties, the Association established 4 regional offices in Menya, Assiut and Sohag governorates in addition to Luxor city. Our objectives 1- Providing children with children, through raising the intervention of disability issues integrated education to enable community health awareness and inclusion of children and them acquire self-development and supporting health services. youth with disabilities in the skills and develop their 5- Empowering women and community activities. creativity. raising community awareness 8- Reviving, developing and 2- Providing quality formal about their rights to facilitate spreading the cultural and artistic and non-formal education their effective participation in heritage of local communities. opportunities. developing their communities. 9- Discovering and developing the 3- Developing local communities 6- Providing opportunities for talents and capacities of youth through partnership with local improving the income level to make them acquire some organizations and the formation through micro-credit. vocational skills that enable of volunteer local leaders. 7- Mobilizing the local community them access opportunities in the 4- Improving the health condition, and decision-makers to adopt job market. especially of women and prevention, early detection and 2
3 Where we work Egypt Alexandria Cairo Governorate Cairo Alexandria Menya Assiut Sohag Qena/ Luxor Total Our Strategies N o of Communities Ishnin El Nassara Nazlet Ghattas Ezbet Jahin Mansafis Menya Bani Ebeid Abou Korkas El Bayadeya Mallawy Dayrout El Menshah Deir Doronka El Qousseya Assiut El Zaraby El Nekheila Deir El Kom Esfaht Ganadla Sedfa Kom Abou Hagar El Ghanayem El Azayza Kom Gharib Sohag Tahta El Khazendareya Sahel Tahta Geheina El Neguila El Maragha Gerga Nazlet Khatter Nagada Some AUEED Work Locations Qena Luxor Hagaza Garagos Nag El Seyagh 1- Networking and Partnership. 2- Developing AUEED, s resources through income generation activities and local and international funds. 3- Building AUEED, s institutional capacity. 4- Achieving quality in performance and services provided. 5- Achieving gender balance at the policy and practice levels. Edited and translated by: Caroline Faddoul Revised by: Dina Raouf, Dr. Maged Moussa Designed by: Amira Samir Tel: Franck Thibault Table of Content Accomplishments and Challenges Children AUEED Schools The right to Education for Girls Developing Egyptian Education The right to Health Care Equal Rights for Children with Disabilities Children s Rights Education Women Empowering Women in Upper Egypt Akhmim Community Center Mother and Child Health Care Combating FGM: The Dream of Tomorrow Youth Art Prevails The Woodwork Training Center of Hagaza AUEED s Public Libraries Community And the Efforts Persist to Eradicate Illiteracy Micro- credit Program AUEED Resources The French Annual Report/ Le Rapport Annuel Français Audit report Special Thanks to all our Partners
4 Introduction Accomplishments &Challenges A UEED objective has always focused on people s development to help them develop themselves and eventually their community. We do not work alone but with local partners including official, popular and religious leaders; AUEED s office and field teams; and national and international partners. Together we built in the past and would continue to build in the present and future despite all the challenges we face. The following presents the last year s accomplishments and challenges: The Inauguration of Nag el Seyagh school in Luxor The year started with the inauguration of the new basic education school in Nag el Seyagh on the 19th February The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Samir Farag, President of the Higher Council of Luxor city, Msgr. Michael Fitzgerald Ambassador of the Holy See, Msgr. Yoanness Zakaria, the Coptic Catholic Bishop of Thebes as well as the Manager of the Educational Directorate in Luxor and other community leaders. The new school provides education for 352 students at the primary level and will be targeting soon the education of the students at the preparatory level. It comprises two buildings; one for the classrooms and activities, and the second includes a library and a computer lab. The school was built thanks to Les Amis de la Haute- Egypte and Fondation Club Med in France, Missio- Munich in Germany, CNEWA in the United States and a Dutch Foundation. 4
5 Akhmim and Hagaza Exhibition The Association holds each year in its premises the exhibition of Akhmim and Hagaza centers under the Auspices of Mrs. Suzan Mubarak. This year, Dr. Aly el Moselhy, Minister of Social Solidarity inaugurated the exhibition on the 13th March in the presence of many public figures. The exhibition presented the spontaneous art works, weaved textiles and embroidered mats of Akhmim Community Center and the woodwork of Hagaza Woodwork Vocational Training Center. The 2008 exhibition realized the highest profits ever, which returns back to the centers and its beneficiaries. It is worth mentioning that Akhmim center serves around 120 girls and women, while Hagaza center serves 80 young men. The Rise in Education Cost and Schools Accreditation The Association is facing two big challenges; the first one is related to the huge increase in the schools education cost due to the decisions regarding the application of the teachers cadre in its first phase; providing teachers with 50% increase in their basic salary; in addition to the President s decision to raise the salaries of all employees by 30%. According to the preliminary estimations, this will add around 2 million Egyptian Pounds to the direct education cost in AUEED schools (around 23% more). The second challenge is related to the accreditation at AUEED schools according to the standards for effective school approved by the «National Association for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education» (NAQAAE). The accreditation necessitates to carry out a self and external assessment and improvement plan for each school. After submitting those to NAQAAE, accreditation is either given to the school or postponed until it complies with the set standards. AUEED has to go through this procedure with its 35 schools, which puts a huge technical and financial burden on the Association during the coming years. New Partnerships AUEED started a new partnership with Cardinal Paul Poupard Foundation in Italy with special focus on enhancing women and children s situation in Africa. The Foundation, established in 2008, aims at supporting the intercultural dialogue. AUEED team 5
6 Children AUEED Schools Providing Good Quality Education to the Poor A UEED currently owns and runs 35 primary schools - of which 3 are extended to the preparatory stage. The schools, which are located in Cairo, Menya, Assiut, Sohag and Qena governorates in addition to Luxor city, operate under the supervision of the Ministry of Education with the aim to offer good quality basic education to children living in poor villages and towns of Upper Egypt and to develop the students in an integrated manner. The schools are highly estimated by community and official leaders in the different regions, and they usually score high in primary stage results, scientific contests and activities. AUEED also shares its educational and activities experience with nearby government schools. Supporting the Education of Poor Students: AUEED schools continued to provide education for poor children even after changing the school system into a fee paying system in 2003/2004, giving them exemptions ranging from 25% - 100% of the declared fees. This year, AUEED was able to provide 2089 scholarships; in addition to the general support to all the 10,409 students enrolled in the schools as the cost of education is usually higher than the declared fees. During the school year 2007/2008, the total education expenses reached LE10,981,976; this amount includes direct education costs in the schools as well as indirect costs of the educational team in Cairo and the 4 governorates, teachers trainings and materials. The direct education expenses in schools reached LE 8,806,906, of which students contribution reached 55% of direct school cost. AUEED was able to secure 38% from local and international donors to support the education of poor children. This left a gap of 7% between the income and expenses that was covered by AUEED, s general resources. Our Partners in Education French Organizations: Partage, les Amis de la Haute- Egypte and Oeuvre d, Orient. German Organizations: Erzbistum Köln, Kindermissionswerk and Missio Aachen. Other Organizations: The Congregation of Oriental Churches in Vatican; DKA in Austria; the friends of AUEED in Canada (PACHE); and the friends of AUEED in the United States. Number of students in AUEED schools in Governorate Cairo Menya Assiut Sohag Qena/ Luxor Total # of schools # of girls 214 1,239 1, ,533 # of boys 217 1,424 2, ,876 Total number of students 431 2,663 4,567 1,590 1,158 10,409 % of girls
7 Developing the Capacity of Schools Personnel: 1- Training New Teachers: The Association organized a training session in August 2008 for 80 new teachers who had passed the contest this year. The session was held on lessons preparation, formulating educational goals, teaching strategies and methods, active learning methods, using The Association organized a series of training events, some were implemented on a central level and others on local level with the support of the 2 German organizations Kirche-In- Not and Missio Aachen, and the Swiss organization Fastenopfer. On the central level the Association organized a training course for 45 school principals and deputies during January 2008 on school management AUEED Schools Children educational aids, and methods for students evaluation. This training session was supported by the «Improvement of Education - Middle East» program. 2-Improving the performance and continuous training for the schools personnel: and a training course for 8 kindergarten supervisors in May 2008 on developing applied extracurricular activities, kindergarten teachers evaluation, etc. The Education Teams in Menya, Assiut, Sohag and Luxor organized other training courses for 610 teachers in the areas of education quality and accreditation, extracurricular activities, children integrated progress, etc. Furthermore, 230 teachers in Menya and Assiut participated in different training sessions organized by the Educational Department and other organizations such as the Coptic Evangelic Organization, Macmillan publishing house and the sub- secretary of Catholic schools in Menya and Assiut. 3- Monitoring visits to support schools personnel: Cairo educational team organized monitoring visits many times during the school year to provide the school personnel, especially teachers, with the necessary technical support, assess the needs and difficulties they are facing, offer the suitable educational directions, measure the training sessions effects and how far they apply what they learned, evaluate the teachers performance in addition to encouraging them on being creative and distinguished. 7
8 Children AUEED Schools Developing the students through the school activities AUEED schools are famous for developing the child intellectually, physically and socially. It gives great importance to the schools curricular and extra-curricular activities using different programs such as: civic education, children rights, Child-to Child program, etc; in addition to other activities and competitions for which AUEED schools receive many prizes. Developing Talents in Kindergarten 45 children in El Qousseya, El Menshah, Sedfa and Wasta schools in Assiut won prizes in the talented child competition organized by the Educational Directorate in Assiut. Renovation of AUEED Schools: AUEED carried out simple maintenance and renovation works in many of its schools buildings using local resources. These maintenance works were carried in El Sharabeya school in Cairo, 6 schools in Menya and 3 schools in Assiut. In addition to the installation of Internet system at the schools of Nag el Seyagh (Luxor), Garagos (Qena) and Kom Gharib (Sohag). On the other hand, AUEED was able to carry out much bigger adjustments and renovations in 7 schools through several international donors such as: the Sacred Heart sisters, the friends of the Association in Canada (PACHE) and les Amis de la Haute- Egypte. Debate A group of 8 students in the 4th, 5th and 6th primary in El Maragha school in Sohag achieved first places in the Debate competition held on the issue of unemployment at the governorate level. Sports Activities Four students in El Fagr el Gedid school in Menya won the 3rd prize in the football contest held at the level of Egypt. Theatre Gerga school in Sohag won the first prize in the theater competition held at the level of Egypt. 8
9 The right to education for girls Children The right to education for girls T he 2006 census data shows that 14.7% of children (6-18 years) nationwide have never enrolled in basic education or have dropped out of school 1. These rates increase among girls because parents lack the awareness about the importance of education. They prefer to send boys to school and their low income level forces them to send their girls to work. Old beliefs makes them refuse girls education claiming that girls are just for marriage. Moreover, the school environment is not attractive with dense classrooms, extracurricular activities are not given much importance, etc. The Parallel School: A Second Chance for those who Missed Education Formal education accept children till the age of 9 while literacy classes receive learners from the age of 15, leaving the children (9-15 years) who missed education or dropped out of it, without any education alternatives. In 1986, AUEED developed an alternative in the form of parallel schools (PS) - non-formal schools that take into consideration the learners environment and work circumstances. The program includes educational, formational 2 and professional 3 programs. Learners come to PS 3 to 5 times a week for a period of 4 to 6 years, at the end of which they receive the primary education certificate. A lot of learners continue their education. PS are located in 3 governorates, targeting around 1400 learners annually. The following table shows the numbers of PS and learners in each governorate. The Parallel School program is funded by Partage, FPSC, Governorate Menya Assiut Sohag Total # PS Fastenopfer, Caritas and Conférence Episcopal Italienne. Two years ago, AUEED started to implement this program in cooperation with the Ministry of Education through the One- Classroom department. # Boys # Girls Total Success story: Sherine Maher, from Bani Ebeid village in Menya says: My parents refused to send me to the school because it was so far from the house. The coordinators of the Association s parallel school convinced them to send me to the Parallel School where I obtained my primary education certificate. But I was dreaming of more. I continued my education and graduated from the Faculty of Education.. In the near future, Sherine may become a teacher in one of AUEED s schools. 1 Egypt Human Development Report The formational program includes health, social, economic and cultural awareness issues. 3 The professional program includes training on some simple handicrafts. 9
10 Children The right to education for girls My Valuable Girl Project: Encouraging the social responsibility in Assiut «My Valuable Girl» project is implemented for the third year in Assiut governorate with the aim of limiting the numbers of girls dropping out of primary education. The project s idea is based on elder girls - «Big Sisters»- supporting young girls of the same community. Each Big Sister helps a young girl in her studies and works on developing her personality through sessions held twice a week. This year, Kom Abou Hagar village joined the project and the number of girls increased from 80 in the last year to 100, of which 54% are enrolled in AUEED schools and 46% in government schools. This year, 98 young girls succeeded at the exams, their health condition and personal hygiene improved. As for Big Sisters, they became more motivated. Goal: Supporting 100 girls at the risk of dropping out of primary education, in 3 communities in Assiut governorate. Duration: A year possible to be renewed. Partners: Coptic Orphans. Scholarships for Girls in Menya Female gross enrollment ratio in basic education 1 in Menya governorate level is 50.3% of females in the school-age 2. The Scholarships Project tackles the high rates of education dropout among girls. AUEED works as an intermediate organization in this project, implementing many activities with the children and parents such as paying the school fees for 721 girls and boys, holding 24 awareness sessions with some 1090 parents on the importance of girls education, etc. As a result, the attendance regularity rates increased from 67% in the first year to 99% in the third year; 40 boys and girls were attracted back to school after two months of absence. Also, monthly exams results show the progress the students made with a success rate of 85%. Goal: The regularity of 1033 girls and 59 boys in basic education in 20 governmental schools and one AUEED parallel school in 6 communities in Abou Korkas district in Menya governorate. Duration: 3 years Partners: Education Reform Program of the USAID 10 1 Basic education includes the primary and preparatory levels. 2 Human Development Report of Menya governorate 2005.
11 Developing Egyptian Education Children AUEED plays a Role in Developing Egyptian Education T he Ministry of Education began an ambitious project to set National Education standards covering all the aspects of the education process with the aim to achieve quality education. AUEED also tries to play its role in achieving quality education. Improvement Eduction Middle East Project: The project provides nonformal education opportunities to 415 boys and girls in 5 AUEED parallel schools (PS) in Menya. In Sohag and Qena/Luxor, the projects focus on activating the curricular and extracurricular activities in 10 AUEED and governmental formal schools (FS), in which 25 activity groups were formed of 500 students. Community participation 1 is enhanced through organizing awareness sessions for parents Education Reform Program (ERP): The ERP - Board of Trustees component aims at activating community participation through building the capacities of the schools Boards of Trustees. This year, training events were held with the members of the schools Boards of Trustees in order to set and implement an improvement plan for each school during the school year 2007/2008. Each of the FS and PS students on the importance of education and activities, etc. The project also targets teachers professional development through training events for PS coordinators in Menya and the FS teachers in Menya, Assiut, Sohag and Qena/ Luxor. Finally, the project helps developing a «School Operational Manual» and a «Teachers Training Manual». school developed a proposal. A committee was formed to study and fund the proposals and monitor & evaluate the implementation. Hence, schools projects were funded including 18 tuition camps for children with reading and writing difficulties, 19 environmental camps for 674 students who participated in cleaning the schools and nearby streets and planting some trees, etc. Goal: Enhancing the education quality and increasing basic education opportunities in Menya, Sohag and Qena/ Luxor governorates. Duration: 3 years Partners: FPSC and the Spanish government. Goal: Enabling 37 formal governmental schools and 9 non- formal schools in 13 communities in Abou Korkas district, Menya governorate, to apply school based reform to reach quality education and prepare for accreditation. Duration: Partners: Education Reform Program of the USAID. 1 The community participation standard is about activating the participation between the school and the community. 11
12 Children The right to health care The right to health care School Health Intervention in Sohag and Qena/ Luxor Governorates This project deals with the problem of lack of awareness among students and parents in collaboration between our schools and health services. The Child-to-Child groups 1, formed of 25 children in each school, met once a week to discuss different health issues. They participated in workshops to produce health awareness educational aids; they then used these materials to spread health awareness messages to 2448 students and 200 teachers. A clear progress was observed in the students behaviors as they now give more attention to their personal hygiene and to the cleanliness of their school and village. On the other hand, 12 health committees were formed to discuss the health and environmental problems in the school and the village and to work on solving them with the children and the community. The project enabled the students to issue health insurance cards delivered by the Health Insurance. Some 2748 students benefited from a medical checkup at the health units and the cases that required treatment were transferred to the Health Insurance clinics. 24 awareness sessions were held with 725 parents. School Health program in AUEED Formal and Parallel Schools in Menya Goal: Improving the health condition of 2400 students in 12 AUEED schools in Sohag and Qena/Luxor. Duration: May July Partners: Manos Unidas Success Story: Hagaza school students sent many correspondences to the local unit to have an authorization to use a piece of land for waste deposit instead of throwing the garbage inside the village. They then made a cleanliness campaign in the village with the aid of the school health committee. The school health program in Menya works on improving the health condition of 2663 students in 8 formal schools (FS) and 415 learners in 5 parallel schools (PS). The program offered healthy nutritive meals to 1134 children suffering from malnutrition. In addition, 930 students in FS received eye treatment. In the PS, the program provided treatments for anemia and intestinal worms and observed the learners personal hygiene. Moreover, awareness sessions were held with the parents. This program is funded by Partage Association in France within the project of «Supporting Poor Children Education in Menya». 1 The «Child- to- Child» program is based on training older children to educate younger ones and the village, s community about health issues. 12
13 Children Equal Rights for Children with Disabilities T he project on «Mobilizing Community and Decision Makers to support the Disability issues in Upper Egypt» 1 is implemented through an integrated package of activities. Within the early detection and intervention domain, 14 different service points were furnished with the early detection and intervention equipment and 32 health coordinators and 10 doctors, were trained. As a result, 598 children with disabilities (0-10 years old) were discovered and passed through medical check-up, and their disabilities addressed through physiotherapy and a Portage Program 2. Awareness sessions were held with 386 mothers of children with disabilities who were then able to execute home sessions with their children and to claim their children, s rights to health care and financial aid from Health Service Units and Social Solidarity directorates. Also, awareness sessions on means of preventing disabilities were held with 504 girls at the age of marriage and recently married women. As a result, 150 girls made the necessary medical check-up before marriage. In the domain of educational inclusion, 31 children with disabilities (4-6 years) joined kindergartens and 69 children with disabilities (9-18 years ) enrolled in non- formal schools. Social inclusion activities were held with 303 children with disabilities, 369 children without disabilities and 194 sisters and brothers of children with disabilities. These activities took place at the public libraries, youths centers, children clubs, and formal and non-formal schools using the Childto-Child approach. Finally, awareness sessions were held with 729 mothers of children with and without disabilities on the importance of the inclusion of children with disabilities in social activities. Within the vocational rehabilitation domain, 36 youths with disabilities were trained on some vocations such as sewing, hairdressing and fixing mobile phones. Goal: Improving the services provided for children and youths with disabilities and for those at risk of disability in 14 communities in Upper Egypt. Duration: 3 years. Partners: European Union in cooperation with the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) Success Story: An illiterate woman from Nagada, Qena governorate has a son with a moderate mental disability. She used to beat him and did not care much about him. Her attitude changed after attending the project s awareness sessions, saying: «I finally understood that my son has feelings and recognized how much I hurt him with my ignorance in the past. I am now trying to compensate him by giving him all the love I used to deprive him of. Now he likes to stay at home more than before and became less aggressive». 1 The project is part of the Children at Risk Program targeting streets children, laboring children and children with disabilities. 2 A program for developing the five following capacities: linguistic, movement, knowledge, self- care and social learning. 13
14 Children Children s Rights Education: The entry point to a Proactive Generation T he project worked on developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes of children regarding their basic and civic rights, hence to enable them to claim their rights such as the rights to education, health care, playing, expressing their opinion and democratic practices. To that effect, 15 Children s Rights groups were formed of 367 boys and girls, 9 camps were organized for 914 children and 48 activity days were held targeting 3440 children, etc. The project also worked on building the capacities of the schools staff and teachers to support the children s rights issues. To that effect, 42 teachers, 39 school administrators and 125 representatives of the school Boards of Trustees participated in different training sessions. In addition, local workshops were held with some 1600 parents and members of the local community on the children s rights. The project resulted in the production of «Our rights our lives» manual for those working with children and the «Yes for Participation» activity workbook for children; in addition to a documentary film on the project s initiatives. The final evaluation showed 55% improvement in the children s attitudes and behavior; they learned some positive values about participation, democracy and children rights. They learned to organize school elections, observe children rights violations inside and outside the school, and spread children rights awareness among other children and grown-ups using the different educational aids that they had produced previously. The project has proved that children have a creative energy to impact the community in a positive way. The project: Supporting basic and civic rights of children in 15 primary schools in Upper Egypt. Goal: Empowering children (9-12 years) in 15 primary schools in Menya, Assiut, Sohag and Qena/Luxor governorates, to practice their basic and civic rights. Duration: Partners: The European Commission in Egypt. 14
15 Women Empowering Women in Upper Egypt Women Enhancement Program in Menya The program targets 449 women and girls in 6 villages, offering education opportunities to the beneficiaries through literacy classes and helping them issue some official documents such as birth certificates and national identification cards. Some beneficiaries participated in the production initiative, which included training on some professional skills; in addition to training on feasibility studies for small projects. The Gender Development Project in Assiut, Sohag and Qena The project aims at decreasing the gender gap through education, formation and vocational training. The project provides education opportunities through 12 parallel schools 1 (PS) in Assiut and Sohag targeting 697 girls and 216 boys. This year, 94 students obtained the primary level certificate. Awareness sessions are held with parents on issues like the importance of education, how to deal with the children, etc. The project also works on developing the parallel school students life skills through a formation program that includes social, economic, civic and health issues based on the project s manual «I am a Human Being» 2. As for the parallel schools and literacy classes graduates, they form alumni groups and meet every other week in order to continue their formation in the 1 For more details on the parallel school, please view page 9 of the report 2 The manual was developed by AUEED with the participation of the students. previous areas. The project works also on enhancing the graduates economic condition by developing their professional skills and helping them start their own small projects. To that effect, 111 graduates benefited this year from vocational training held on different vocations such as hairdressing, sewing, candles production, puppets and making deserts. Small equipment and sewing machines were bought for the trainees as a beginning of their small projects. The project also helps the beneficiaries and their parents to issue important official documents. This year, 115 birth certificates and 85 national identification cards were issued in Assiut and Sohag. This year, Qena governorate joined the project. Work is held in 2 centers where three alumni groups were formed. Goal: To empower women to have balanced rights with men in education, access to economic opportunities, social status and civic practices. Duration: Location: 8 development centers in Assiut, 4 in Sohag and 2 in Qena. Partners: Caritas Switzerland Fastenopfer Conférence Episcopal Italienne 15
16 Women Mother and Child Health Care Akhmim Community Center In 1960 AUEED invited a small group belonging to an international woman movement - The Grail to serve at the Center. They started working with young girls and women who were deprived of education opportunities. The girls began making table mats using Akhmim textile until after many trials, their weaving skills were developed. Currently, some 120 girls and women are involved in weaving, embroidery and spontaneous art works 1. In addition, two literacy classes are held at the Center. Talented girls are selected to join the production line including embroidery and spontaneous art. Fondation Anber and Les Amis de la Haute- Egypte fund the formation and maintenance of the Center. The Center is supported by a well known Artist, Mr. Adly Rizkallah in developing the creativity of artists working in spontaneous art and forming a new generation. A UEED supports the government and local community efforts to reduce mortality rates among pregnant women and infants (0-2 years) through the Mother and Child Health Care Program (MCH). Pregnant women and infants come to the MCH centers for regular check-up. The centers also work on raising the awareness of pregnant women and lactating mothers about health issues that enable them to take good care of their health and that of their babies. AUEED funds the MCH program in most centers. The available services are modest and depend mainly on donations and volunteering on part of local doctors, pharmacists, Sisters and Brothers. The Inclusion project 2 is implemented in some centers where early detection and intervention services in the area of disability. The following table shows the numbers of MCH centers and beneficiaries during 2007/2008. Governorate Menya Assiut Sohag Qena/ Luxor Total MCH centers # pregnant women # lactating women Franck Thibault Total # of women # infants Each artist works on a piece of cloth, first drawing with chalk an image inspired from nature and daily life and then selecting the colors of the thread with which she brings life to the cloth. 2 Mobilizing Community and Decision Makers to support the Disability Issues in Upper Egypt, a project funded by the European Union in cooperation with the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood.
17 Women Combating FGM: The Dream of Tomorrow A UEED began the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) five years ago in Sohag governorate, targeting 80 local leaders, 1200 young girls and women, 400 young boys and men and 250 children. The project aims at establishing a network of local leaders to support the case. Two roundtables were organized on FGM with 21 educational leaders and 150 Sheikhs. 90% of the educational leaders and 68% of the Sheikhs denounced this practice. Eleven teachers groups were formed to discuss FGM from different perspectives. They then, spread awareness messages among students, relatives, neighbors and friends. The project also works on raising the awareness of the different social groups trough awareness sessions held along with service initiatives such as training on some handcrafts; offering computer courses; and providing a free medical checkup for some 3200 persons. Children Rights groups were formed in 9 governmental schools and discussed the Children Rights Convention and the harmful effects of FGM. The groups then produced aids denouncing FGM using them in spreading awareness among peers. As a result, some 150 women condemned FGM practices; and succeeded in preventing their girls circumcision. Moreover, 200 children of the 8 participating villages denounced courageously FGM practices and signed the document The Dream of Tomorrow that condemns FGM. Success Story: Mr. Ragab Abas of Banga village- Tahta district did not know about FGM psychological and physical harms and had circumcised his elder daughter. After attending awareness sessions, he decided not to circumcise his younger daughter and became an animator of the project youth activities in the village. The Document s text I do not agree on the circumcision of my sister. I will raise the awareness of my colleagues, friends and family about FGM harms. If I became a doctor, I will not circumcise girls. If I heard about a midwife or doctor practicing FGM, I will call the Hotline: The Project: The National project for Combating FGM. Goal: Raising the awareness of the different social groups about girls rights and the importance of combating FGM in 8 villages in Sohag governorate. Duration: June December 2008 Partners: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the National Council for Childhood & Motherhood (NCCM). 17
18 Youth Art Prevails I n 1987, when Upper Egypt was witnessing violence and rejection of art, AUEED s choir emerged from a group of children in Bayadeya school of AUEED in Menya governorate. The project «Together for Art» aims at spreading AUEED s choir experience with other organizations while continuing its exceptional journey. To that effect, 9 artistic sub-groups were formed targeting 134 girls and 45 boys. The project also works on developing cultural organizations in Menya by organizing training events on issues such as «Collecting Folkloric Songs»; and by sharing the choir s experience in planning for cultural events such as organizing «Taha Hussein café» in Menya Cultural Palace. AUEED s choir pursued its experience this year with the new performance «My Beautiful Country» 1 composed and directed by the poet Amin Haddad and accompanied by the Oud player and performer Hazem Shahin. Performed at Alexandria Opera House among others, this artistic performance lead to a co-performance with Eskenderella group, «On the passion s mountain of Ramadan». The choir is currently formed of 19 boys and young men and 24 girls and young women of the age group 11 to 23 years, of which 15 new members where selected from among the most distinguished members of the sub-groups. This year, it presented 31 performances in different occasions such as the World Environment Day. Goal: Mobilizing governmental and non-governmental organizations to consider art as a tool for development through spreading the Choir s experience; and enhancing the cultural cooperation in Menya from exchange to integration of efforts. Duration: Partners: Ford Foundation and the American Association of Upper Egypt The Stick Dance Group AUEED s Stick Dance Group was established in 1997 at El Bayadeya village in an attempt to preserve popular arts and artistic heritage of Upper Egypt. This year, 14 new young members joined the group that is formed of 35 members from different ages. They receive training once a week and held 8 performances this year at many places such as El Balloon Theater in Cairo. 1 The performance is a mixture of recited poetry, of the late poets Salah Jahin and Fouad Haddad, and songs of Sayed Darwish and Baddie Khairy. 18
19 Youth AUEED s public libraries: Nourishing the mind and the soul The Woodwork Training Center of Hagaza The Center was established in 1986 by two «Little Brothers» from France with the aim to provide vocational training for youth and enhance their income level. Many graduates of the Center established their own carpentry workshops. Recently, the Center moved to a new well equiped workshop, established in cooperation with the Egyptian Swiss Fund on a 3500 m² peice of land. This year, the Center produced the furniture of the new Nag El Seyagh school in Luxor; in addition to a number of kiosks for selling bread produced upon Qena s governor request. AUEED has long recognized the importance of culture in developing people. It hence started, since the eighties, to establish public libraries in Upper Egypt villages - reaching 14 libraries. The public libraries aim at raising the cultural awareness of its beneficiaries, develop positive attitude and behavior, encourage people to participate effectively in local and international events and reinforce citizenship and acceptance of different cultures. This year, Menya libraries released an operational manual for the libraries activities, El Qousseya library in Assiut launched the children literature club, Sohag libraries formed theater, poetry and story writing groups for talented children and youth and Hagaza library in Qena published a periodical magazine. The Association organized a training session for 36 librarians and assistants on the role of the library in developing the personality. It s worth mentioning that the Association funds these libraries from own resources. Governorate Menya Assiut Sohag Qena/ Luxor Total Number of Public Libraries Children Numbers of Beneficiaries of AUEED Public Libraries Youth Disabled Literacy classes learners Parallel Schools students Total number of beneficiaries
20 Community And the efforts persist to eradicate illiteracy Adult illiteracy (15+) rates in governorates like Menya, Assiut and Sohag vary from 39.5% to 43%. Since the 80s, AUEED has supported governmental efforts to end illiteracy through implementing a literacy program. The program serves around 1089 learners in 4 governorates. Based on the curriculum «Learn, be Free» 1, the program involves learners participation and dialogue as the main approach to learning. Over a period of 2 years, learners study Arabic, grammar and mathematics. The program also aims at raising the cultural, social and health awareness of learners in order to change the unhealthy practices and reinforce positive values in the community. It also helps learners acquire some productive skills as means of improving their income such as making mats, deserts, liquid soap, etc. This year 279 learners succeeded in the exams and received the Literacy certificate from the National Authority for Adult Education. The following table shows the number of served communities and learners in each governorate. Classes for Continuing Education: AUEED organizes classes for continuing education for the preparatory stage targeting graduates of the parallel school and literacy classes in Menya and Sohag governorates. These classes serve some 172 students through weekly classes for each subject. Renovations in some Development Centers All development activities such as literacy classes, parallel schools, awareness Governorate Menya Assiut Sohag Qena/ Luxor Total # of Communities Our Partners in Literacy Program: - In Menya and Assiut : CCFD - In Sohag: Orange Foundation in France and Mobinil Egypt. - In Qena/ Luxor: The Social Fund for Development sessions and other take place at Development Centers. This year, the renovation and furnishing of some 11 Development centers in Sohag were completed thanks to Anber Foundation in cooperation with Les Amis de la Haute- Egypte in France. # of Men # of Women Total # of learners The curriculum was developed by a group of organizations in Egypt, including AUEED, and inspired by the work of the Brazilian philosopher Paulo Frere.