Alwan wa Awtar


  • info@alwan-awtar.org
  • 6320
  • 7555 street no. 32, behind Mastoura Mosque (previously Nasr), Mokattam, Cairo.
  • 2005
  • Established in December 2005, Alwan wa Awtar (A&A) aims at promoting visual and performing arts and non-formal education to enhance the creativity and intellectual abilities of underprivileged children and youth. Using arts as a vehicle for social development, we envision a more knowledgeable, creative and cultured youth who are able to compete in today’s world. A&A programs help children access artistic and cultural activities, as well as interactive educational activities promoting love of learning and self development. Our Goal: To broaden the cultural dimension of youth through exposure to art, non-formal education, books and field trips. The intention is for children and youth to embark upon a learning journey that both inspires and informs them, providing them with new tools that enable them to later improve their living conditions, both socially and economically. History: For the past 9 years, A&A has worked with an educational model that focuses on a demand driven, inquiry based learning approach. The idea behind A&A came from the children of El Hadaba El Wosta themselves. Back in 2004, the founder of A&A, who was a volunteer in another local NGO in the neighborhood, discovered that the children of El Hadaba El Wosta had no access whatsoever to visual and/or performing arts. This came about by sheer coincidence when a group of French volunteers held a 10 day summer workshop for the children. Despite initial reluctance, the children started coming in great numbers. They did basic arts and crafts activities in addition to a number of different puzzles. Language was not a barrier, as art is a universal language and soon the French volunteers and the children were communicating with ease. After the workshop was over, the founder held focus group discussions with the children curious to find out what had attracted them so much to the workshop. It was then that she learned that the children had no access to visual and performing arts. The children descr
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Our Projects

‘Live and Learn’; Improving access to education for marginalized children

Objective : Provide learning spaces for children (educational opportunities for marginalized children ) : The project will offer creative and enjoyable educational and arts based? ) activities to children to improve their general knowledge, numeracy, literacy, language skills and to develop their self confidence, critical thinking and communication skills as they develop a love for lifelong learning. All activities are implemented in an interactive way that allows the child to explore and to experiment and to challenge his thinking. It is based on practical work, using a hands on approach which allows the child to question and understand, rather than memorize without thinking or understanding. Courses consist of art based activities, discussions, projects, teamwork and hands-on tasks. All activities incorporate a values-based aspect (such as respect, responsibility, conflict resolution, teamwork, honesty, etc.)

‘Live and Learn’; Improving access to education for marginalized children

Objective : Provide learning spaces for children (educational opportunities for marginalized children ) : The project will offer creative and enjoyable educational and arts based? ) activities to children to improve their general knowledge, numeracy, literacy, language skills and to develop their self confidence, critical thinking and communication skills as they develop a love for lifelong learning. All activities are implemented in an interactive way that allows the child to explore and to experiment and to challenge his thinking. It is based on practical work, using a hands on approach which allows the child to question and understand, rather than memorize without thinking or understanding. Courses consist of art based activities, discussions, projects, teamwork and hands-on tasks. All activities incorporate a values-based aspect (such as respect, responsibility, conflict resolution, teamwork, honesty, etc.)


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