Empowering Dreams

School Stories

Hagar

“ The worst time of my life was when I dropped out of my old school and stayed at home for a long time. No other school wanted to take me afterwards because I was too old. I left my old school because they used to beat me. It made me hate education altogether. Dad doesn’t like to upset me, and that is why he agreed to let me stay at home. I learned a lot from this period of my life. I learned to never let go of something good I used to have. Getting an education is important, you know. But, maybe if I hadn’t left my old school, I wouldn’t have joined Educate Me.”

Ms. Safaa

“I applied for a job at Educate Me by coincidence when I learned that they were recruiting school facilitators as I was searching for a summer program for my kids.

I have always been a fan of arts and crafts and working at Educate Me Community School helped me develop my artistic skills. I get to practice them every day with my kids. My job as a facilitator led me to read more about psychology as well as child-rearing. What has been particularly interesting to me was reading about how to change the behavior of large groups of people and how to change their culture.

Being involved in the literacy program we used to have and dealing with parents in Talbeya exposed me to a new demographic of people most of whom may be resistant to change. But, I remember how proud of myself I used to feel when I saw a bit of change in them. If anything, I learned to be more patient. Changing people’s behavior takes so much time and effort.”

 

 

Professional Development Stories

Mr. Mahmoud
Mr. Mahmoud Al-Dawy is not your typical public school headmaster. The principle of Nag’ Abu ‘Anan Primary School in Luxor does not settle. He views every step as a venture and is pretty fond of taking the unbeaten path. Why? Because he completely trusts in his team’s skills and abilities.
 
Mr. Mahmoud believes that 90% of his role towards his team lies in skill investment and encouraging self-development. He says that only 10% of a principle’s role should be devoted to routine management tasks.
 
Nag’ Abu ‘Anan School nestles snugly in the embrace of a rocky mountain far in a desert area. It might look a bit shabby on the outside and a little under-resourced, but the real strength of the school lies in its people.
 
If Mr. Mahmoud were a less ambitious principle, he wouldn’t have considered applying for the accreditation certificate to begin with .After all, the school is running and students are graduating. But, he saw real potential in his dream team of passionate and capable teachers.
 
The real achievement is not that Nag’ Abu ‘Anan actually managed to get accredited from the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education. The real achievement is that the school staff members adopted their principle’s growth mindset. They too started working on their own self-development and on encouraging their students to invest in themselves and change the way they think.
Mrs. Atiyyat

 

“ If I exert effort, I can turn a child with learning difficulties into a genius. I need to look at their bright side instead of focusing on the dark side. Everybody has a bright side. It is my duty as a school principle and educationalist to dig deep into a child, a teacher or a staff member’ s potential and unearth their hidden gems.”

Hagar

“ The worst time of my life was when I dropped out of my old school and stayed at home for a long time. No other school wanted to take me afterwards because I was too old. I left my old school because they used to beat me. It made me hate education altogether. Dad doesn’t like to upset me, and that is why he agreed to let me stay at home. I learned a lot from this period of my life. I learned to never let go of something good I used to have. Getting an education is important, you know. But, maybe if I hadn’t left my old school, I wouldn’t have joined Educate Me.”

Ms. Safaa

“I applied for a job at Educate Me by coincidence when I learned that they were recruiting school facilitators as I was searching for a summer program for my kids.

I have always been a fan of arts and crafts and working at Educate Me Community School helped me develop my artistic skills. I get to practice them every day with my kids. My job as a facilitator led me to read more about psychology as well as child-rearing. What has been particularly interesting to me was reading about how to change the behavior of large groups of people and how to change their culture.

Being involved in the literacy program we used to have and dealing with parents in Talbeya exposed me to a new demographic of people most of whom may be resistant to change. But, I remember how proud of myself I used to feel when I saw a bit of change in them. If anything, I learned to be more patient. Changing people’s behavior takes so much time and effort.”

 

 

Professional Development Stories

Mr. Mahmoud
Mr. Mahmoud Al-Dawy is not your typical public school headmaster. The principle of Nag’ Abu ‘Anan Primary School in Luxor does not settle. He views every step as a venture and is pretty fond of taking the unbeaten path. Why? Because he completely trusts in his team’s skills and abilities.
 
Mr. Mahmoud believes that 90% of his role towards his team lies in skill investment and encouraging self-development. He says that only 10% of a principle’s role should be devoted to routine management tasks.
 
Nag’ Abu ‘Anan School nestles snugly in the embrace of a rocky mountain far in a desert area. It might look a bit shabby on the outside and a little under-resourced, but the real strength of the school lies in its people.
 
If Mr. Mahmoud were a less ambitious principle, he wouldn’t have considered applying for the accreditation certificate to begin with .After all, the school is running and students are graduating. But, he saw real potential in his dream team of passionate and capable teachers.
 
The real achievement is not that Nag’ Abu ‘Anan actually managed to get accredited from the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education. The real achievement is that the school staff members adopted their principle’s growth mindset. They too started working on their own self-development and on encouraging their students to invest in themselves and change the way they think.
Mrs. Atiyyat

 

“ If I exert effort, I can turn a child with learning difficulties into a genius. I need to look at their bright side instead of focusing on the dark side. Everybody has a bright side. It is my duty as a school principle and educationalist to dig deep into a child, a teacher or a staff member’ s potential and unearth their hidden gems.”