Education and Literacy Campaign
After three unsuccessful years of holding classes to abolish illiteracy in the fishermen village of El Max, hope for progress was completely lost. Despite guidance from education specialists and Gudran’s tireless efforts, it became clear to us that we should scrap the program altogether. It was just then when a young woman named Samah Naguib came to Gudran and offered to hold literacy classes. When asked about her previous experiences, she said that she had none.
Samah took charge of the project and created a literacy program closely resembling much of our artistic projects. She held two mixed gender classes of 37 students in total. Within months, Samah’s teaching began reaping benefits, ultimately culminating in the graduation (achieving literacy) of many of the students. Samah also continues her efforts to persuade housewives, fishermen, and children of the necessity of learning how to read and write. In addition to this, Samah also supervises literacy night classes for those unable to take classes during the day on account of work.
In early 2007, the number of people enrolled in literacy classes began to drop. However, this does not imply a weakness of the program, but rather reflects the percentages of illiteracy dropping in the village on account of the program’s success. Samah and her colleagues have also began teaching informal education classes, where children across different learning stages come together to develop their learning skills through various artistic group activities. For example, storytelling is used as a substitute to reading, and popular games such as dominoes are used to enhance childrens’ arithmetic skills.
About Samah Naguib Ibrahim:
29 years old
Graduated from Faculty of Arts –Alexandria University– Department of Anthropology.
Resident in the fishermen village of El Max