Mish Madrasa’s staff represents a culturally, linguistically, and talent- diverse team, collaborating to bring the best in education to the students of Saft. Take a look at our great volunteers!
Mish Madrasa rose from the observed, and measured, need for an alternative education in Saft El-Laban. On my street, children used to proudly carry weapons of knives and sticks. “Uncle Mostafa!” they would greet me, “We just came from a fight. We beat them up!” Scenes like this compelled me to act, to provide an alternative for these kids. A country without educated citizens cannot progress: our future, these children, belong in the classroom, not on the streets. Community-based, our program adapts to the needs of the students and educates the mind while developing character, opening opportunities, and building dreams. Mish Madrasa provides an effective and flexible model for a grassroots education; an education which allows young people the chance to impact their society.
As a developing country, education is the a powerful tool that we can use to build a better future for the upcoming Egyptian society. Education is the glimmer of light we have to cross through dark times and rise from a situation where ignorance and backwardness can lead a community to ruins. That is why we must work hard to ascend towards the light of knowledge.
In my few years in Egypt, I have noticed the low level of education of public school students at all levels, and especially the disparities between the privileged and the under privileged. I contribute my time and energies to Mish Madrasa to try to make a change. I teach English in a fun and interesting way so that students will love learning. It is magical to see the wonder and smiles of these kids. During our two hour lessons, they do not tire nor even ask for breaks. If my few volunteer hours can help these students to learn something substantive, then my time in this country will have been well-spent.
Out of all the kids I have taught, the students attending Mish Madrasa are thus far the most stimulated – and stimulating. Sharing new information with children who do not have as many opportunities is inspiring; contributing to the expansion of their minds will help them to develop through the future. Being half-Egyptian but having grown up in France, I decided to come to study in Cairo for a year. Thought my time in Egypt, I have seen that raising communities to equality is a difficult goal: initiatives such as Mish Madrasa restore hope to its highest level which is why I was eager to take part in such a concept. Changing communities from their roots, to strengthen the nation starting from educating and opening the youngest minds, will make a difference.
From my point of view, the education in Egypt needs to be restructured. Too many teachers see the curriculum as a mission that must be completed to receive his salary. He doesn’t care about the students’ opinions or how the student will apply the subjects. Students view the curriculum is seen as a duty to be fulfilled in order to receive a certificate. As a result, a generation of students won’t be able to develop an opinion on any general or personal matter in their lives. Education is about excitement, exploration, and development. Mish Madrasa is part of the solution, creating a cultured generation with values, awareness, and a passion for their community. We wanted students to be able to take initiative and express themselves so that they can build the future.
The pedagogy of education must be transformed in order for this world to change. Education is like a well; it must be provided pure and clean. This is the only way to replenish people’s bodies, minds, and ways of life. Education should be the foremost concern of the developing world. It should move away from factual based knowledge and integrate a stronger foundation in creativity and innovation. Children should be taught to dream the impossible and make it possible.