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Namaa Initiative for Sustainable Development

| Namaa Initiative for Sustainable Development
Namaa Initiative for Sustainable Development
Status/stage of development: Fully incubated at Nahdet El Mahrousa , Not Registered

Namaa' (in Arabic means Growth) is a volunteer youth initiative aimed at learning and cultivating the skills needed for the advancement of Egypt’s civil society. Namaa' believes that the building blocks of a civil society are proactive social entrepreneurs who are capable of initiating solutions towards their community challenges. And who are willing to work with other partners in the community towards having a positive social impact. This leads to a society where people feel and practice their ownership to this country; through active engagement in the community. The initiative achieves this by instilling the social entrepreneurial spirit, morals and skills in whomever it comes into contact with through its various educational platforms: Namaa' School(s) for Sustainable Development, Graduation Projects/Initiatives, and Tawasul Salon.

Instilling the social entrepreneurial spirit, morals and skills in whomever it comes into contact with through its various educational platforms: Namaa' School(s) for Sustainable Development, Graduation Projects/Initiatives, and Tawasol Salon.

Namaa' School(s) for Sustainable Development

The school is a joint endeavor between Namaa’ and the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University. The school hosts 30 participants active in Egypt’s civil society for 3 weeks yearly with the aim of equipping the participants with the adequate knowledge, skills and values to become social entrepreneurs. The learning process in Namaa’s school is built on an interactive curriculum that depends on lectures, workshops, case studies, field visits and the knowledge and experiences that the participant brings to the table.

In an attempt to make Namaa' a sustainable initiative, the school is offered on demand to entities and organizations that are willing and find it beneficial for their members to go through the experience of Namaa' School(s) for Sustainable Development. The objective of offering this service is twofold. Firstly, it gives us the opportunity to scale up and broaden our impact on different segments of society that are normally outside our reach and circles. Secondly, this service raises funds for Namaa’s other activities and helps us attain financial independence.

 

Graduation Projects/Initiatives

The projects/initiatives are the practical component of the school. They are an educational tool which helps students with brainstorming, planning and practicing the knowledge they acquired during the school. For a month after the school the participants are mentored and connected to people and institutions in the development sector to help them develop and work on their projects/initiatives. It also serves as an assessment tool of the educational process during the school. Here are some of our graduates (mainly Class of 2013)

 

Tawasul Salon

Tawasul (an Arabic word that means the act of connecting) is a monthly gathering for Namaa' graduates to share experiences, ideas, and initiatives. Tawasul Salon also serves as a publicity tool to invite friends, acquaintances and public figures in the developing world in Egypt and introduce them to the graduates and each other. Each gathering has a different theme such as: Galal Amin’s book "what happened to Egyptians?", The crisis of Cairo’s informal housing areas and Civic Education Experiences in Egypt and the Arab World.

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