Dr. Olfat El Shiaty: We did not want Egypt to miss the role EBBY was playing until it was frozen in 2011. We want to sponsor and incubate EBBY until it can stand on its own, with or without our help. We are happy and honored to be able to support this important nurturer of Egyptian youth.
Rateb: Could you tell us in a nutshell what Shoura does?
El Shiaty: Shoura foundation helps in redirecting and correcting Egypt's education, which has been severely neglected in the past few years. If it were not for the social responsibility and human development foundations (of which Shoura is one) things could have been much worse.
Rateb: How did Shoura start and why?
El Shiaty: As a professor working at Cairo University I saw how graduates were lacking in substance that would give them potential and skill to know that nurtured minds and developed characters were essential working skills.
Rateb: In what areas do you see the education system in Egypt lacking?
El Shiaty: Egyptian graduates lack:
- Analytical skills
- Research skills
- Language abilities
- Sources of reliable information
Rateb: What is Shoura's role in developing the education system?
El Shiaty: Shoura does its best to help in developing the education system in whichever of its components by :
- Providing books
- Internship programs
- Entrepreneurship programs
Rateb: How has Shoura actually helped?
El Shiaty: We have a huge training centre in Tanta (mid-Delta) where we sponsor training programs set between 6 to 8 weeks and provide:
- Business ethics
- Computer skills
- Language skills
- Micro project management skills
- IPM (Integrated Pest Control Management)
Rateb: Where do you see the intersections between EBBY and Shoura?
El Shiaty: One of many ways is this: Shoura is involved with the Ministry of Education in developing the education curriculum. We see EBBY getting involved in developing and advising on books for this at different educational stages.
Another way Shoura could help EBBY is to connect them to the different centers in Upper Egypt where Shoura is already involved with internship programs. The possibilities are endless.
Rateb: What are Shoura’s short term plans for EBBY in 2015?
El Shiaty: We plan to sponsor competitions and provide a space for them whenever required.
Interview by EBBY's Dr. Nevine Rateb