Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Books – Islam Lutfi:
The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization organized some cultural and educational events and workshops, during the current week, within the framework of the museum’s strategy, to activate its role as a cultural and educational institution and to link the museum with society through the activities, workshops and events it organizes.
Dr. Ahmed Ghoneim, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Museum, explained that the museum is keen, through its role as a cultural and educational institution, to diversify the activities and topics it offers to its visitors, and that the scientific material provided and the interactive activities are suitable for the category of visitors from the museum, who are keen to participate in the activities and events that it offers. The museum periodically, pointing out that the agenda of events presented by the museum to the public has become a source of creativity and inspiration for many, especially children, which provides them with benefit in their academic and educational lives and their daily lives.
For her part, Fayrouz Fikry, Executive Vice President of the Museum Authority for Management and Operation, said that the museum’s activities and the cultural and educational activities that the museum offers to its visitors are suitable for different age and societal groups, and work on developing the skills of youth and children and exploiting their energies, as well as providing them with skills and experiences that benefit them in their practical life.
The museum organized a cultural heritage event entitled “The History of the Egyptian Scouts”, in cooperation with the General Union of Scouts and Girl Guides, in which Dr. Maysara Abdullah, Vice President of the Museum Authority for Archaeological Affairs, Ambassador Mohamed El-Orabi, President of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Maged Farag participated in the event. The Egyptian historian and leader Muhammad Abbas, head of the Egyptian Scout Federation, and the leader Yeni, the leader of the Greek scouts in Cairo.
Nancy Ammar, a heritage and cultural communication specialist, said that the event included a set of educational workshops on scout skills, stamp collectors, a canvas printing workshop, with which children and youth interacted with the experience of printing and mixing colors, and a workshop for learning the skills of using ropes, and learning the various skills of scouts. And how to deal in foreign camps, and the paragraph of the information competition on the history of scouts.
On the sidelines of the event, Manar Hassan, a specialist in heritage and cultural communication, indicated that an exhibition of photographs was held from the archives of the Egyptian Scouts, which began in Egypt in 1914 AD. Collectibles, books, documentary magazines and commemorative stamps were also displayed to see the heritage and history of Egypt documented by the Union.
In the same context, and as part of the museum’s efforts to raise tourism, cultural and archaeological awareness among different age and societal groups, the museum organized, through the educational department, a number of cultural and artistic workshops.
Azza Rizk, in charge of museum education and the educational department, explained that during this week, and within the program of events and activities organized by the museum during the year 2023, an educational workshop was organized under the title “The Land of the Nile and Ma’at” to introduce the history of justice in Egyptian civilization and trials in the other world and the way to enter paradise, through their deities. The Egyptian art is represented by Maat, and the workshop was implemented by Professor Asmaa Sayed and Professor Nesma Ahmed, and the “Marketry Art” workshop, which is the inlaying of wood veneer that the ancient Egyptians professionalized thousands of years ago, in which the artist Adel Al-Adawy introduced visitors to this art and how to implement aesthetic decorative forms. Also, the implementation of a workshop on the art of pendants, which was conducted by the artist Heba Abdel Qader, in addition to a workshop on mosaic art and learning about the history of mosaics and the materials used in its implementation, in addition to a group of artistic workshops prepared by the Museum’s Art Center.
Nermin Mostafa said that the museum also witnessed a workshop on “The Art of Marjouz”, during which the history of the art of Marjouz was learned and a practical application was made to learn the method of making glove dolls and Arjouz from the material of the cloth, and a workshop to identify the colors of tempera, and to learn the method of preparing and applying the colors practically, and a painting of Ancient Egyptian art with the same technique used in tempera. It also included a workshop on the lotus flower, its meaning and role in ancient Egyptian art, its types and colors, and a practical application of the Egyptian lotus flower from paper.
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