For several years now, there’s been a positive trend towards alternative forms of education in Egypt. A little over a year ago, a team under the initiative of “mini- medina: mini- city” had an idea to create a learning experience for children that allows them to discover the concept of citizenship within a play city.
The initiative aims at allowing the children to understand the foundation and the mechanisms of a city, from the creation of its laws and its government to the execution of the most basic types of employment:
- Creating a space that provides free access for all children without boundaries and on a voluntary basis.
- Promoting a time learning experience about being a citizen with their rights and duties.
- Allowing children living in Egypt to experiment with taking initiative and with the process of decision making.
- Promoting an environment that works on involving and providing benefit for children from disadvantaged groups (including barriers caused by social or economic, impairment, language or gender).
- And finally, to provide an atmosphere of respect without pressure to perform, because we acknowledge that every child is different.
Mini-medina offers children (ages 7 to 15) a mostly adult-free play environment in which to create their own version of society on a small scale with schools, government, post office, restaurants, etc. The big difference is that the city is managed and organized by children, following in the footsteps of mini-münchen (a successful play-city model developed in Munich/Germany over the last 40 years).
Today, and after working with over 250 children and 50 volunteers, they need your help to raise funds to run more regular mini- medinas and have some of the participating children attend Mini- Munich this summer!
Help raise funds?
For more information on Mini- Medina check their facebook page: Let’s play city: mini-cairo 2013
Another cool enterprise you can also support is Weladna and their created educational board game under the theme of: Baladna- Play to educate.