At the Egyptian Museum on Friday, Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim honoured 50 pioneer members of the Friends of the Egyptian Museum Organisation (FEMO) for their work in assisting tourists at the museum. Ibrahim presented each member with an honorary certificate recognising distinguished work.
The FEMO is a local organisation established in 1990 by museum staff and students of archaeology, tourism and art history who work as volunteers giving tours to visitors inside the museum.
Sayed Hassan, director of the Egyptian Museum and head of the FEMO said that, "Every summer, about one hundred Egyptian students come to volunteer at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo for such a project. A curator is assigned to them, and they help the museum in every way they possibly can. Mainly, their job is to help tourists with any problems they may have, such as helping them find their way, or accompanying them as guides. After completing their volunteering there is a graduation event."
He pointed out that since it was founded 12 years ago, the organisation has helped in raising cultural and archaeological awareness among Egyptians, as well as highlighting the importance of Egypt’s ancient history.