Egypt has been making efforts on focusing on Education lately, it has adopted the SDGs and trying to implement it step by step. We have been seeing initiatives trying to focus on illiteracy since it’s a huge problem that Egypt faces, and Benat Seshat is an initiative that is trying to change that and promote the importance of digital knowledge for girls. It’s helping girls in orphanages from ages between 14 and 30 in upper Egypt, trying to teach them about computer skills, themselves and the world.


Upper Egypt is one of neglected places in Egypt, thus why Benat Seshat is trying to focus on that, it’s trying to shed light on neglected and ignored places in Egypt and raise awareness on the importance of education in general. To learn is to be aware, to be aware is to know how to make a change and play an important role in society. That’s just a scope of what Benat Seshat is trying to do.


A lot of children in Upper Egypt don’t get to go to schools and that’s because of lack of accessibility and availability, saying that it’s even harder for girls to go due to stigma and inequality, which is something that Egypt is trying to tackle through raising awareness on gender equality and how important and absolutely necessary it is for women to get education. And focusing on the places and people who get neglected and don’t get education, will solve bigger problems.


There are initiatives that are trying to implement gender equality when it comes to education, and is trying to focus on women getting education such as: Benti Habebti, also there are UN programs that help women get educated and learn computer skills. All to raise awareness on how detrimental gender inequality is. We need to give everyone resources and the means to get well education, in order for them to play a role in society and help make change.


So, what is Benat Seshat? It is created by Nancy Awad, she was able to get funding from her College in the United States to serve young women in Upper Egypt. It’s named after the Ancient Egyptian Goddess ‘Seshat’ and what interesting about this is, Seshat is the goddess of knowledge, wisdom and intelligence. The initiative is to help educate young women about technology and computer skills, knowing that through helping them know and handle technology, they will be able to know even more and be aware of bigger things happening all around the world. This should be a continuum thing in Egypt. The curriculum is created from their needs and what they wanted to know.


It is so important when creating a program, initiative, a curriculum or whatever it may be, is for it to come from the people that would receive it. To have a curriculum created by the things they want to know and interested in. That would help them grasp information more quickly and understand it more deeply, since it touches what they wanted to know in the first place. That’s exactly what Benat Seshat is doing. It’s focusing on the needs of those young women and gives them a program made by them for them.


The program is aiming to make the young women have self-reflection and realization, it makes them question their own prejudice and thoughts. It makes them question themselves and the world, in order to know how to help it, it makes them understand oneself and the other. It also focuses on making them research other countries and worlds in order for them to know more about everything that is happening even outside of Egypt. And then discuss their ideas, thoughts and opinions on globalization and social media in general.


Benat Seshat aims to reach all Egyptians, and to be a sustainable program that continues to exist and help Egyptians all around the region. It also aims to spread awareness, challenge Egyptians to question their own prejudice and mentalities, also to defeat the stigma around orphans in Egypt and women education.


This initiative is the beginning of more things to come, we need to see more movements and initiatives that focuses on education and the right for everyone to get educated and have a curriculum that focuses on their needs and addition to that, to help them know more about the world and other people, cultures and histories. We hope to see more indicatives like this one.

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