Goethe Institut honors winners of Discover Egypt s History competition
About 4,500 students from various schools across Egypt applied for the competition by submitting projects. The evaluation of the projects went through two stages. In the first stage, a short list of eleven projects was drawn up. The final evaluation committee, which consisted of experts from the Egyptian Ministry of Education and Dr. Anke John, a professor of history at Jena University in Germany, selected four winning projects.
The student, Shahd El-Sayed, from Riyadh Al-Saleheen Preparatory School in Damietta, won the first place for her project “Al-Kafr Al-Jadeed Village", which showcased details about the history of the village, including places and figures.
The students, Maryam Akram Saad, Tasneem Al-Hassan, Desouky Mohammed, Rana Mohammed Fadl El-Mawla, and Suhaila Ashraf Fawzi Abbas, all of whom are students at Abdel-Hamid Abdel-Ghafour Preparatory School for Girls in Aswan, won the second place for their project about “The High Dam”.
Students Sarah Tariq El-Sayed and Fatima Sharaf Zakaria Ali from Al-Amal School in Gharbia won the third place for their project “Sabil Ali Bey Al-Kabir.”
The student Marwa Saleh El-Jaraihi from Riyadh Al-Saleheen Preparatory School in Damietta came fourth for her project about "Damietta Port".
Sebastien Wouter, Director and Regional Officer of the language studies department and Deputy Director of the Goethe-Institut Cairo, said that it is wonderful to see how the "Discover Egypt's History" competition has been well received, and how it has inspired many Egyptian students from all over Egypt to leave their classrooms and explore history.
"We are happy to cooperate with the Ministry of Education through this project, a big step in the direction of Egypt's Vision 2030 to promote scientific thinking and creative skills among the new generation, as they are the builders of the future," he said.
Randa Shaheen, head of the Central Administration for Public Education in the Ministry of Education, underscored the importance of a national competition that aims to develop historical research skills.
"When studying history, we can draw inspiration from good examples that history highlights for us, which have a great impact on life and provide quality education consistent with global systems," she stated.
The competition is the most recent in a series of projects and initiatives spanning ten years of cooperation between Goethe-Institut and the Ministry of Education.
The competition took place within the framework of the plan to develop the teaching of history in terms of both curricula and teaching methods.
It also highlights the transferability, spawned by this cooperation, of modern teaching methods and multiple tools to history teachers through joint workshops and projects.
These projects and workshops aim to help teachers transfer knowledge to both their colleagues and to their students in class.