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Part 3 - The Peace Bag Partners, Projects, and Peacebuilders

Egypt

DNB - Development NO Borders is a youth organisation working to develop youth and society, mainly through volunteer work. The organisation encourages working on development through creativity, focusing on implementing charity work. They have a number of community activities based on volunteerism, such as visiting orphanages, helping poorer families, preparing charity fairs for people in need, and protecting the environment. DNB believes that through cultural dialogue, they promote peace in the world by enabling youth to share their knowledge and experiences, and increasing their awareness of values such as tolerance, understanding, constructive dialogue, and active citizenship. Through charity work, young people promote peaceful relations between the rich and the poor; and through skills development, they promote peace among individuals.


Ambassador of Egypt Training Course

Intercultural Dialogue, Volunteerism

The training course prepares young people to deal with different cultures, allowing them to remain open-minded while maintaining the uniqueness of our identity, as they represent Egypt at home and abroad. It also seeks to reinforce and define the role of young people in civil society, and the significance of volunteerism.

Activities: The sessions include training in presentation skills, a culture night concept, history of Egypt, the Arab-Israeli conflict, religions in Egypt (Islam and Christianity), modern Egypt, political and intercultural life, and the Youth in Action program. The training runs for a total of 27 hours of workshop sessions, participated in by young people.


Meet a Peacebuilder:

Hi, I'm Maha, a young peacebuilder and volunteer in DNB. I've been wondering why life is full of conflicts, fights and violence – a world that lacks peace. Day by day my dream yearned more for a world of peace. It started a few years ago when I decided to make a change. I wanted to spread love and happiness among those surrounding me and among the whole world. Inspired by leaders of DNB who gave me real motivation at the beginning and then inspired by the Peace Bag participants where the whole team was amazing, I became increasingly enthusiastic in regard to the idea. The main challenges I'm meeting everyday are: old-fashioned people who are content with living in the past and don't really care about contributing to a better world; and linking with people who are enthusiastic about peace programmes and drives. The Peace Bag Phase-III meeting was like an enlightening moment. It pushed me to be involved in peacebuilding. Being surrounded with all the participants from different parts of the world, who share the same passion, was igniting, motivating and impressive. Thanks to all who gave me the chance to participate in the peace-making process in hope of a better future.
Maha, a peacebuilder and dreamer working in turning her dream into reality.


The country

Like many other EuroMed countries in the South-East, youth represent a significant proportion of the population, and finding work after completing studies is a common concern. Coupled with youth-led uprising in other parts of the region, the concerns of the Egyptian youth manifested in a series of protests, and from January to February 2011 mass demonstrations filled Egypt's streets, calling for democracy and change. The 18-day uprising of young and old extended from the capital city of Cairo, into a nationwide revolt. Young people were at the forefront of the revolution, and mobilized through social networking sites and blogs. Following these strong protests, President Mubarak stepped down after 30 years in office, changing the political landscape and creating an opportunity for transformation.

Egypt works with International partners in youth activities, and it was the first country to call for proposals of EuroMed Youth Programme IV (2011-2013) of the European Commission.

Egypt enjoys a remarkable regional diversity in terms of lifestyle, customs and artistic forms. Egyptian contemporary novelists and poets were among the first to experiment with modern styles of Arabic-language literature, and the forms they developed have been widely imitated. The first modern Egyptian novel Zaynab by Muhammad Husayn Haykal was published in 1913 in the Egyptian vernacular. Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz was the first Arabic-language writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.