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Solutions in Education discussed in “Innovation in Education 2” Conference by Notting Hill College

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Coverage: Gabriela Neves

Photography: Mahmoud Mansi

What are the problems teachers, students and parents face nowadays in Egypt? To what educational level should the parent be involved with the son/daughter? What we see in most of schools today are parents that don’t know anything about what their children learn, teachers that don’t like to use technology in their own favor in classes or students who don’t pay attention in anything in school because it is a “boring class”. Because of this and other problems in education, it is necessary that teachers and other professionals come together to discuss and find a solution to improve the school environment, and therefore secure a better future for the next generation.

On the 3rd of December 2016 the “Innovation in Education 2” Conference took place in Mediterranean Azur Hotel in Alexandria. The conference was hosted by Notting Hill College. The School is known for the teaching’s training programs that improve teacher’s skills and intensify their knowledge. The conference was led by Notting Hill College School of Teachers Training Team in Egypt, and it contained 8 speakers and more than 100 delegates.

Since we live in digital era, a lot of things changed and transformed our life, including education. Consequently, it is necessary that teachers discuss these changes and what they can do in their classroom to make their students interested in learning. With this in mind, Notting Hill College organized this event with a team that talked about technology, leadership for both; teachers and students, Human Resources, creative writing, motivation, family engagement and so on.

All the lectures dialogued about points that are really important to be highlighted in these days. For Dr. Tamer Victor, for example, the technology must be used as a tool by the teachers, in a way that, they make many things with this tool that the class can be an entertainment for the students. The teacher needs to be creative with smartphones, tablets and laptops using in their own favor, not against this gadgets.

For Mr. Wael Hossam – GM of HR Company – who has experience in people development, spoke about how teachers need to be leaders and make their students develop their own leadership skills through all the years in the school.

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Mr. Wael Hossam / General Manager of HR Company

Eng. Engy Abdalla – one of the delegates – is a teacher and a community development officer at Caritas, has a 3 years old daughter and said that she doesn’t believe in formal education anymore because it does not develop the self-confidence, teamwork and creativity. But with an event like ‘Innovation in Education 2’ she felt that things could change: “My heart is filled with hope when I attend such events I feel there is a positive movement to try to push the formal rigid system into a real interactive learning journey for children.”

The conference also highlighted the importance of Humans Resources in the school environment. The focus of HR in this context is team motivation to achieve goals, leadership search and parental engagement for reach excellence in teaching. As for Mr. Mahmoud Mansi, one of the speakers who has experience in HR and creative writing, spoke about how teach teacher is an HR person as they manage the class, motivate the students, enhance equality, measure their performance, and so on. He spoke about the importance of writing for giving voice to the students.

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Mr. Mahmoud Mansi / Founder of HR Revolution Middle East Magazine

Some of the speakers were very happy with the excitement of the audience. “If only half of the ideas and enthusiasm that I felt, enjoyed and listened to during the conference were implemented by education policy makers in Egypt, our educational system, school management and teachers would be transformed and considered one of the reputable educational systems in the world.” – Ms. Rehab ElSokary, Managing Director of Colours Early Learning Centre.

Mr. Mohamed Morsi – an independent strategy, marketing and business development consultant –  has spoken about consumer behavior and how parents choose schools for their children. He said that in Egypt most parents choose the schools based on the choice of their best friends so that the children can be together. He explained that is not a reasonable way of choosing because that’s their child’s future, “That’s why we need proper school branding in Egypt to help parents make the most suitable choice.”

As a Brazilian journalist, I assume that most of the problems discussed in the conference are problems not just in the Egyptian educational system, but is included in a lot of countries, including my own. We also need parents to get more involved, teachers who are also leaders and students interested in their classes. This kind of event is really important to give teachers support and its impact must be spread in a way that helps more and more people all over the world.

“Innovation for Education 2” Speakers:

Dr. Tamer Victor – Challenge and Change in Teaching; Digital Upheaval

Mr. Ebeid Atef Ebeid – Office 365

Ms. Rehab Aly ElSokary – Promote family engagement promote success

Mr. Mohamed Morsi – They demand, we brand

Mr. Mahmoud Mansi – Human resources management & Creative writing

Ms. Nesreen Bahgat El-Nesr – Leveling Up Learners’ Motivation by Gamifying Assessment

Mr. Wael Hossam – Alternative Teaching Methods

Mr. Said Hassan Ahmad – “تعلم النحو بطريقة “العواميد

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Stevie Awards Winners’ Articles Series – Eng. Abeer Mahmoud Ramadna

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“Continuous Learning, adopting innovation & creativity and teamwork are among the guiding principles of success and excellence in the government sector” Eng. Abeer Mahmoud Ramadna

Winner Name: Eng.  Abeer Mahmoud Ramadna

Winner Title: Director Assistance for Control & Inspection for Economic Activities at Ministry of Industry & Trade in Jordan

Winning categories:

  1. The Gold Stevie Winner in the category “the most innovative Communications Professional of the year “
  2. The Silver Stevie Winner in the category “Innovation in Community Relations or public Services Communications”
  3. The Bronze Stevie Winner in the category “Innovative Management in Government – Organizations with 100 or more employees”
Brief Biography about the Winner:

Abeer Ramadna is the Director assistant of control and inspection unit at the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply (MIT) in Jordan, she has a Master Degree in Industrial Engineering- Engineering Administration / University of Jordan with “excellent degree”. Abeer has 20 years of experience in private and public sectors, and is a focal point for UNIDO at MIT in Jordan. Abeer is a certified Management development Expert from ITC/ Vienna in 2005, a certified Export Consultant to EU from CBI/Netherland in 2007, certified Lead Auditor for Quality Management ISO 9001:2015, a certified Engineer Expert in Quality and Environmental Management systems in 2018 and a certified EFQM Assessor from EFQM in 2019. Eng. Abeer has a wide professional expertise in many fields that allow her to provide consultations to the organizations in various fields including Quality Management, Environmental Management, preparing industrial polices, strategies and plans, Inspection polices, Monitoring & Evaluation systems, implementing the ISO9001, ISO14001 ISO14040s standards, and conducting technical industrial sectors studies.

Eng. Abeer won three Stevie Awards from three different categories after participation in Middle East Stevie Awards in 2020, these are:

  1. Gold Stevie Winner in a category:” The Most Innovative Communications Professional of the Year”. These categories honor the most innovation in communications practice, management, and use of technology.
  2. Silver Stevie Winner in a category: “Award for Innovation in Community Relations or Public Service Communications”. These categories honor innovation in communications practice, management, and use of technology in the public sector.
  3. Bronze Stevie Winner in a category: “Award for Innovative Management in Government “. These categories honor innovation in executive management including the Award for Innovative Management in a number of industry sectors.

Abeer has been published scientific papers in one of the world accredited journals in E-government. Titled “Barriers to E-Government Adoption in Jordanian Organizations from Users’ and Employees’ Perspectives” in 2017, the link is:

https://www.igi-global.com/article/barriers-to-e-government-adoption-in-jordanian-organizations-from-users-and-employees-perspectives/181280

and published another scientific paper titled: “SEM approach to determine factors affecting e-government success in Jordan”,  the link is:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333488499_SEM_approach _to_determine_factors_affecting_e-government_success_in_Jordan

She was selected as a Judge at the Best Jordanian chemical product Award in all three cycles of it during 2015 to 2020, Judge in the 2019 management & entrepreneur Awards categories judging committee Stevie Awards, and Judge at the best industrial engineering project for the Jordanian universities in 2019. She participated in several national and International conferences, meetings and presented papers, as a representative of the MIT / Jordan.

https://www.facebook.com/abeer.ramadna

http://linkedin.com/in/abeer-ramadna-msc-ie-pe-cbi-em-itc-mde-66928170

https://stevieawards.com/ar/mena/eng-abeer-ramadna-2

http://jordanembassyus.org/news/jordanian-engineer-wins-three-middle-east-stevie-awards?fbclid=IwAR2iBj4P8uHERE_Q2Yf-hatk2yJ-bGeq1g8MaYPIz_HJ42HqUyA6UCPehdM

Stevie Award winning Case Study:

  • Developing action plans of inspection development to governmental institutions (Inspectorates) work in fields of health, Environment, labor, safety for economic sectors in Jordan.
  • Supervision of developing Electronic Inspection System for governmental inspectorates.
  •  Conduct many awareness workshops for governmental inspectorates and for private sector institutions.
  • Conduct many workshops and training sessions as A National trainer of trainers in the shaping of future studies.
  • Secretariat of higher committee for Inspection development of Economic Activates that consists from high level management in governmental inspectorates.
  • Abeer is trusted as a competent team leader and confident expert in Quality management & Inspection systems
  • Abeer conducted in 2018 a study titled the Industrial engineering in the government sector in Jordan, current situation and future opportunities and present it in the 2nd International Conference on Industrial Systems & Manufacturing Engineering (ISME’19) Nov, 11-12, 2019 in Amman.
  • Abeer was chosen after a series of selection process as one of the National participants in the Civil Service Development Program in Jordan and attended all phases including the leadership and developing high performance teams at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst UK during 2019.

Eng. Abeer Mahmoud Ramadna “Continuing to contribute achievements and make positive impacts are goals that are achievable with the presence of strong & positive attitude, self-motivated character & determination.”

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Stevie Awards Winners’ Articles Series – Asiacell

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“Winning such an award requires hard work and we encourage other companies to focus on their customers and local communities in order to excel”

Winning Organization: Asiacell

Nomination: Award for Excellence in Innovation in Technology Industries (including Telecom)

Brief about the Organization:

Asiacell is a leading provider of telecommunications and data services in Iraq. As part of international telecommunications company Ooredoo Group, Asiacell was Iraq’s first mobile telecommunications provider to achieve nationwide coverage. Asiacell is also a leading internet provider with its 3.9G data services, offering the best network coverage in all of Iraq since January 2015.

Stevie Award Winning Case Study:

As part of its commitment to expand network coverage in Iraq, Asiacell has continued to support the redevelopment of the country’s infrastructure and economy and the provision of high-quality connectivity solutions. It has enhanced its “Hot Zone” restoration strategy by putting 200 sites on air and connecting over 500 sites to 3G.

Focused on improving the quality of life for communities, Asiacell’s CSR initiatives are focused on key areas, such as health, education and culture. Asiacell has equipped several higher education institutions with computer labs and supported the renovation of schools, with the aim of providing quality education infrastructure. It also partnered with the Chibayish Environmental Tourism Organization to build the first Iraqi Marshlands heritage museum in Ahwar as part of its efforts to revive Iraq’s Marshland, while generating a positive effect on tourism and jobs creation. 

Recognising that its people are its key asset, Asiacell continues to roll out initiatives focused on engaging and empowering employees. It has invested heavily in digital transformation, including digital upskilling for employees, and streamlining of various internal processes in order to nurture a digital-first culture that embraces innovation.

We are so glad to be recognized as a successful and innovative telecommunication company in Iraq with a Stevie Award for “Excellence in Innovation in Technology Industries”. Recognition from the Stevie Awards means a lot to us and motivates Asiacell to continue to serve the community with professionalism. Winning such an award requires hard work and we encourage other companies to focus on their customers and local communities in order to excel.

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Qisaty Project & Developing Talent in Children with Special Needs in Egypt

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Edited By: Mahmoud Mansi

Qisaty Project – founded by Mona Lamloum – was launched on 26th December 2019 to support children talents through a series of storytelling, writing and drawing workshops.

The total number of children who participated in the storytelling workshop is 60 including the most talented 20 who were selected to the story writing sessions, 16 children ranging from 6 to 14 years old got their stories selected to be drawn by 19 children with special needs.

The drawing workshops were held in 3 cities in Egypt with cooperation with 2 special needs associations; Nida Society Rehabilitation with both branches in Cairo and Luxor. 14 children, and Ashab El-Erada Association in Alexandria. 5 children.

The children have different disabilities, hearing loss, partial blindness, movement disability, learning difficulty disability, mental disability and increased electricity in the brain.

Of course such an interesting project needs proper preparation and an intellectual plan. Mona Lamloum shared some of the challenges that she and her team have faced during the project:

1-The global pandemic and the sudden lockdown.

2- The fact that most of the children with special needs suffer from many chronic diseases which lowers their immunity, in addition to the huge responsibility that lies on the team while holding the workshop during the pandemic.

3-The fear of the parents of the children with special needs participation at the drawing workshops due to the pandemic and the lack of their immunity. Which was managed to concur with the help of the project partners in drawing workshops. 

Eventually, Qisaty Project was held at exceptional circumstances and according to deadlines set up before the global Corona pandemic. However, the team did their best to get the project done within the lockdown with a quality that is aspired from the beginning, and that was done simply by teamwork, sharing a unified vision, and collaborating to find new solutions.

The result is 16 short stories in addition to 64 drawings by hands of talented children with special needs and with variable disabilities from three cities: Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor. Each drawing tells a different scene from a short story inspired from the children themselves to be published as a grand book that gathers the short stories and the drawings of all the talented young participants.

Acknowledgements:

Qisaty Sponsors:

– Amideast: Hosted the story telling, story writing workshops and the day that gathered the writers and children with special needs mixed day.

– Nahdet Misr Publishing House.

Media Sponsors:

– Marj3 Platform

– HR Revolution Middle East

– EBBY

– Arablit Quarterly

Children with special needs Associations:

– Nida Society Rehabilitation with both branches in Cairo and Luxor.

– Ashab El-Erada Association in Alexandria.

Qisaty Trainers:

– Hanan El-Taher.

– Mona Lamloum.

– Zeinab Mobark.

Designing Storytelling and writing workshop:

-Mona Lamloum

Writing workshops:

– Mona Lamloum

– Yaqoub El-Sharouni

Drawing workshop:

– Under the supervision of Shoikar Khalifa,

 – With the help of respectful team at Nida Association at Cairo and Luxor.

 – Ashab El-Erada Association at Alexandria by Sahar Zaiton with the help of Aliaa Abd-Elsalam.

Team Members:

– Rawan Said

– Ahmed Ismail

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