Within the ALF Egyptian Intercultural Programme which aims to support local cultural initiatives and events as well as foster synergies with institutions, mobilising the civil society, and networking on a local level, the ALF Secretariat organised several events at its premises in Alexandria during the month of September.
On 12 September, the ALF Secretariat hosted at its Headquarters in Alexandria the first storytelling performance of the Clim'Act project, organised by Banlastic Egypt in collaboration with Les Têtes de l'Art in Marseilles, 6 Bab Sharq and Perform Arts School and Exeter. This performance is the outcome of a two-month workshop in Alexandria narrating contemporary environmental issues, featuring 8 storytellers from diverse backgrounds sharing their interest in environmental issues to enhance ecological ethics.
Additionally, on 14 September the ALF hosted the second Coffee talk of the EU Jeel Connect program in cooperation with the EU Delegation in Egypt. The talk was led by Ahmed Yassin, the EU Jeel Connect focal point in Egypt and co-founder of Banlastic, in presence of his Excellency Christian Berger, Ambassador of the EU Delegation in Egypt. The talk aimed at exchanging views with the Egyptian youth regarding the role and initiatives of the European Union in Egypt with a focus on Climate change, Education, and the Diplomatic role of the EU in Egypt.
From 15 to 18 September, the ALF co-organised with the Mediterranean Youth Foundation (MYF) and the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Mediterranean Youth Academy (Second edition) under the patronage of the Egyptian Prime Minister, with the aim to facilitate dialogue between Europe, Asia, and Africa and build the capacity of more than 100 young leaders during a 4-day training programme. The initiative raised awareness about the challenges facing the Mediterranean countries (unemployment, climate crisis, migration, gender inequality) and built the capacity of young people in facing those challenges.
Furthermore, a 2-day workshop "Alexandria Green Initiatives Coalition Meeting" took place on the premises of the ALF on 20 and 21 September in partnership with Banlastic and Goethe, and targeted the actors in the environment and sustainability field in Alexandria to assess their needs and contribute to building their capabilities to keep pace with the Egyptian environmental scene, believing in the importance of the role of environmental associations, initiatives, and activities in shaping the Egyptian environmental scene.
On 22 September, the ALF Egyptian Head of Network organisation “Partners for Transparency” in cooperation with the Network member organisation “Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights” held at the ALF's Headquarters in Alexandria a panel discussion on the role of Civil Society in climate change, putting forward a number of recommendations to be presented at the #CO27, which will be held in Sharm El Sheikh next November.
Further events will be organised in October including theatre performances organised by “Perform Arts”, the Alexandria today week organised by Mohamed Gohar and Léon Dubois with the support of l’Art Rue, co-funded by the EU, which is designed to generate a discussion on the city’s image today through intensive workshops that will give space to learn and apply the acquired knowledge and methodology on the city.
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