Community Initiatives


Water Academy Project

This project seeks to establish a Water Academy at CARES to serve as a learning hub and research center for water efficiency best management practices. This will include education sessions, activities, information and research that helps in making water conservation part of people’s day-to-day lives. The project’s main aim is raising awareness for efficient and sustainable water usage to help in eradicating water scarcity and achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Clean Water and Sanitation by 2030. This will be achieved by:

  1. Developing and implementing a capacity building program on sustainable water consumption for volunteers.
  2. Developing capacity building programs for sustainable water management in agriculture for different agriculture professionals.
  3. Building a model of best practices in water efficiency in agriculture


Migration flows from Egypt to Europe, and especially to Italy, increased over the 2000s and peaked in 2010: there were 30,816 new permits holders for all of Europe and 21,532 for Italy. As of October 2016, 12,766 migrants had disembarked in Italy from Egypt during 2016. This represents an increase of + 17.5 % over the same period of 2015 (10,856). A major incident took place in Egyptian waters on the coast of Rasheed on 21 September, with a death toll of at least 178 migrants (Françoise De Bel-Air, 2016). Egyptian emigrants are most often young men belonging to rural rather than urban areas. Migrants and refugees take to the Central Mediterranean route both because they are driven from their country of origin (“push factors”) and because they are drawn to Europe (“pull factors”) (Desperate Migration, 2017).


CARES, along with a mixture of Egyptian universities, public and private Egyptian entities, and European universities, is working to develop a capacity-building program to support the Egyptian rural community, providing them with the necessary qualified graduates and university expertise to improve agricultural productivity, enable more sustainable food production, develop poor villages, and enhance farmers’ income and their living conditions to prevent mass migration to Egyptian cities and across national borders. This will be done by:

  1. Supporting Egypt to realize its Vision 2030 for Sustainable Development that focuses on the most vulnerable groups in poor and extremely poor villages through graduating a new generation of sustainability ambassadors who are equipped with the know-how to support the community to move towards sustainable agriculture and develop the rural communities to increase the income of farmers and make villages a more attractive destination.
  2. Modifying and reorienting the existing M.Sc. in Sustainable Development curricula to supply the market with graduates who contribute to the implementation of the country's 2030 Sustainable Development Vision and ensure the sustainable rural development.
  3. Capacity building programs to train and equip the professors at AUC with the knowledge and tools to address the different dimensions of sustainable agriculture and rural development in the modified curricula.
  4. Enhancing the infrastructure and pilot implementation of the modified M.Sc. in Sustainable Development Program.

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EduCamp I, II, and III

Education for sustainable development (ESD) enables every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. ESD focuses on including key sustainable development principles in teaching and learning, covering topics such as climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction and sustainable consumption. It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behavior, while taking action for sustainable development. ESD consequently promotes competencies such as critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way. ESD sets out to achieve far-reaching changes in educational practices today. The Egyptian Ministry of Education does not require ESD to be implemented in Egyptian schools, yet ESD is crucial to the sustainable future outlined in the Egypt 2030 vision.


EduCamp I: With a budget of 1.4 million euros granted by the EU Tempus program, the EduCamp project commenced in October 2010 through the CSD - now part of CARES - and was carried out over a period of three years. It involved three consecutive phases: first, producing school kits on sustainable development, energy, water, agriculture and biodiversity to enhance the existing curriculum based on a needs analysis; second, training school teachers on the newly developed kits at one of seven centers of excellence in education for sustainable development and integrating student-focused approaches such as: debates, games and experiments, and finally, pilot implementation in grades five to nine in public schools across seven different governorates, which were twinned with partner universities. The project also involved analyzing public school textbooks in terms of content on sustainability.

EduCamp II: Building on the successful insights of the first phase, in 2014, the CSD launched the second phase of the project, EduCamp II, to introduce ESD into informal areas in line with the European Union strategy for sustainable development (2008), the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005 -2014) and the Egyptian Education Reform Policy (2008 - 2010). EduCamp II sought to help informal areas in Egypt overcome many of their problems through educational and capacity-development activities and actions. The project was mainly summertime educational and recreational programs for children, youth and women and focuses on the El Warraq informal area in Giza and was funded by the European Union and the German government under the Participatory Development Programme of Urban Areas (PDP).

EduCamp III: After the success of EduCamp I and II, CARES decided to implement the project on a larger scale by transforming the poor schools in Egypt into schools that meet the objectives of the Country’s Sustainable Development Strategy “Egypt 2030.” Since 2017, CARES has been seeking to develop a role model for the Egyptian schools that enable them to deliver education in line with the Egyptian vision 2030. This transformation will provide solutions to real-world problems (infrastructure, overcrowded classes, low teaching quality, private lessons, violence, etc.) with a focus on children, youth, children with special needs and females and mothers in the area.

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