A new academic year has started at SEKEM Schools last week. With a celebration, the SEKEM Schools welcomed their old and new students after a two-month summer vacation.
The festive event of the first day of school took place at the school’s theatre, where the newly-enrolled pupils were introduced on stage. The SEKEM Choir presented for them a warm welcoming song – an Arabic version of the “Ode to Joy”. Afterward, the SEKEM teacher Merihan Abdul Hakim recited an interesting story which the curious children carefully listened to, and which they later completed in their classes.
“This year, we especially foster a new education strategy that is aligned with the SEKEM Vision 2057,” says Gamal El-Sayed, the longstanding director of SEKEM School. “Especially for teachers of the primary stage, training sessions on new teaching methodologies as well as assessments were offered during the summer vacation.” Such sessions took place also in the context of the new educational system that the Ministry of Education in Egypt has introduced for the primary stage in this academic year.
SEKEM School is UNESCO-affiliate since 2015 and promotes especially the techniques of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). One of the goals of the SEKEM Vision 2057 is to spread this holistic approach all over Egypt within the coming ten years.