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Education Min. Kicks off School Theatre Revival Initiative with Play "Teqdar"


Sun 08 Jan 2023 | 02:16 PM
Yara Sameh

Egyptian Minister of Education and Technical Education Reda Hegazy kicked off the School Theatre Revival initiative on Saturday evening with the theatrical show "Teqdar" (You Can) at the Cairo Opera House.

The event was also attended by Minister for Sports and Youth Ashraf Sobhy, Minister of Culture Nevine El-Kilani, and Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel-Aal.

“Teqdar” starred seven students who had been selected from 2,300 applicants from different Egyptian schools and trained in acting workshops by director Batool Araf.

It was also headlined by many celebrities including Yousra, Carole Samaha, Akram Hosny Mohamed Farrag, Hanan Motawie, Asma Abulyazeid, Mohamed El Sharnouby, and Ahmed al-Rafei.

“Teqdar” show is written by Medhat al-Adl, and directed by Arafa.

The musical performances are composed by Ihab Abdel Wahed and Michel Fadel.

The play featured special effects and holograms executed by Mahmoud Sabry, cinematographer and winner of the state prize for creativity for his work on the first Egyptian hologram.

“Teqdar” inspires the Egyptian child with a journey from ancient Egypt to modern times to help them find their dream and achieve it.

The show will be presented again on Sunday and is made in collaboration with the Madrasetna educational media platform, which is part of the United Media Services conglomerate.

The start of the initiative coincides with the start of the second term of the school year and is open to all students in Egyptian schools.

In his closing speech, Hegazy highlighted the role of schools as a home for learning and knowledge whether related to a skill, spirit, or information.

He also underlined the right of every student to practice sports, arts, culture, and science.

The minister added that in light of presidential directives to discover and support the talented, a day in the school week will be dedicated to practicing student activities.

Hegazy added that the initiative will expand to accommodate other cultural and sporting activities.

He also denied that the school theatre program is a new idea, rather it is an idea that has existed since 1936 but which had been neglected due to budget and space constraints.

The minister noted that the theatre has been there all along and noted the initiative aims to give it more attention by dedicating a school day weekly to practice artistic and cultural activities and a day for sporting activities.

Hegazy affirmed the importance of the role of people with special abilities and their involvement in all activities that the initiative provides.