Hebet el-Nil arabic community-school

There is an urgent demand of adequate schooling among the families on the West Bank of Luxor.
Hebet el-Nil is an international project for providing the rural population with a modern school facility. It took its origin in 2016 from a Kindergarden actually working in a private villa, fostering 60 children.

The vision: Responsibility – Sustainability

These two fundamental principles will be applied on all levels – social, pedagogical, scientific and administrative.
Close cooperation between the school’s staff, parents and local authorities will be essential throughout our work.
Our faculty staff will undergo continuous training for all elements of the educational process. Special care will be given to observing and taking into account the individual possibilities, gifts and needs of each student.

Starting from Kindergarden, our aim is to educate boys and girls for an active and responsible participation in social life. Awareness of environmental problems is actually widely lacking in Egypt and will be a major focus of our endeavors, taking advantage of all available possibilities and giving space for creativity and imagination.

On the basis of local structures of a mainly rural community, students will be taught to apprehend and to preserve the surrounding nature as well as social and environmental challenges of to-day’s world.
Advancing in age, they are to assume responsibility for themselves and for others, above aquiring a solid factual knowledge and understanding.

Pedagogical Setting

Hebet el-Nil is to be established on the basis of the legal framework of the Egyptian Ministry of Education. As far as compatible, practice of Waldorf Pedagogy will be applied, as documented in the 1994 exhibition of UNESCO* . The following features will be of special importance:
A class teacher is to accompany his students for at least six years, starting from grade one, to ensure a good relationship. He will be teaching the main subjects in a regular rhythm of the first two daily hours, with alternating periods of two to four weeks for each of the basic subjects (Mathematics, Arabic, History, Geography, Biology, Natural Science, according to grades). This “Main Lesson” is followed by subjects requiring regular practice, like foreign language, music, arts and crafts, sports, library, gardening, etc .
In the Upper School, the “Main Lesson” system will be maintained, but specialist teachers will continue the class teacher’s work on a higher level.
In a world where factual knowledge is easily accessible at all times, our approach will be focused on in-depth understanding and practical apprehension.
English will be taught from the beginning of grade one as a secondary language.
Arts and crafts are integral parts of the curriculum throughout the school time.

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*https://www.freunde-waldorf.de/en/the-friends/publications/exhibition/