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Dearest Teen Stuff,
Thank you for everything! I spent the
best moments in my life among these
brilliant and creative staff members. I
learnt a lot from all of you and had a nice
and outstanding experience, sharing with
you my thoughts and dreams!
For four years, I enjoyed having that
amazing spirit which roamed all over the
place; it’s the Teen Stuff spirit.
And now as I’m leaving, I’ll always keep
the wonderful memories we had together
and I’ll always remain a ‘Teen Stuffer.’
To Marwa Elwany:
I can’t find the appropriate words to
express what you really gave me. You
were always that courageous person that
inspired me and encouraged me to do
my best. You gave me the two best
chances in my life; The Reporter’s Club
and Aregica. If I think of an Editor-in-
Chief, I’ll never think of an Editor-in-Chief
as perfect as you are.
To Marwa Yehia:
You’ve always been that helpful and nice
person that helped me improve myself
each day after another. I’ll never forget
a great person like you.
Although we spent a relatively short
period of time together, but each time
we meet I always feel this energetic spirit Darren Hays Fans Hi,
inside you. Hi Teen Stuff,
Hope all your dreams come true. Happy October 6th and happy Thanks a lot for the article
Ramadan. I can't thank you about Darren. I liked it a lot.
To the Social Club: enough for the article about I hope you’ll follow up his
You’re great! Working with you was real Darren Hayes. I liked it a lot. career in the future. He’s a
fun. I want to thank every single member Thanks a lot. I hope you can very talented star.
of you. I want to tell you that you all print a poster of him soon.
mean a lot to me. From the happy reader, Love and peace,
Yours, Amira Rodaina
P.s. I hope you can find a
Noha Samara Hello Teen Stuff, poster of him in the future.
Ex- Head of Social Club Happy October 6th. I want
to thank you for the Darren
Dear Noha, Hayes article as it covered Dear guys,
It really breaks our heart to see you his solo career well. Good We were so happy to receive
go. When you told us it was a shock, work! your emails that we had to
I guess after all the years we have Emad publish them. We’re glad that
spent we kind of expect you guys to we managed to fulfill one of
stay with us forever. Thank you so Hi, your requests guys because
much for your sweet and warm This is Randa. I just want to that’s why we’re out here…
words. We want you to know that say thanks a lot for writing to give you teens what you
we’ve enjoyed every moment with about Darren Hayes. I just want. Thank you all for your
you and you’ve always been helpful, wish you wrote about who he sweet feedback and kind
energetic and inspiring. We wish you is and his personal life but greetings and we promise to
all the best in your life and remember it’s a very good article. I keep track of Darren’s work.
you will always be one of Teen Stuff hope you’ll write about him
everlasting teens. more often.
November 2005 . TeenStuff
When we mention this word, does it mean It’s out of my hands!!" WAIT! You can beat the odds
‘impossibility?’ Have all our dreams become an as long as live.
impossible thing that’s hard to achieve? Is the problem
in us or in our destiny? All of us dream, who doesn't? Even when you face some problems or disloyalty or
Who doesn't dream of success or wealth or love or people who don't have any virtues or any values,
marriage or children? I'm one of those people that remember that in our life there is evil as there is good,
depend on dreams in my life and I'm in a continuous so we must bear and face those people. And don't
attempt to fulfill my dreams. I just want to analyze forget that there may be some people that are jealous
the problem by this fictional story: from your talents and your ideas and envy you. Don't
give those people the chance to ruin you because
A guy spent all his life studying and dreamt of being once they find that you’re destroyed, they’ll triumph
a doctor. He was advanced in his studies then he over you and search for another person to destroy
joined the faculty of Medicine. He then spent years because that's their job in life! So don't ever annul
studying his difficult subjects and dreamt about his dreaming or giving up because that's your dream;
graduation. He eventually graduated and thought you own it and no one on earth has the right to seize
that he would start his practical life; working and your dream. Neither fate nor any person nor any
getting married to the girl he loved. He dreamt of circumstance could influence you or take away your
their wedding day, their children and their lovely life. dream. All you have to do is to have real faith in God
Then all his dreams collapsed because he didn't find and His great ability and your own self-confidence.
the work he dreamt of and the only offer he got for
work was as a salesperson (going from door to door).
Also his beloved couldn't wait for him for a long time So let’s summarize the case:
so she left him. As a result he couldn't stand it and 1- You’ve got the right to dream what you want
felt depressed and after some time, he committed because dreams are unlimited
suicide. 2- We don't live in Paradise so for sure you’ll face
some wrong ways and wrong people
Imagine if you were exposed to a situation like that! 3- Release yourself from any depression or feeling of
What would be your feelings? Was it his mistake or betrayal
whose? 4- Don't turn to or hear any person who wants to
So, when you dream, please leave the depression and destroy your dream, steal it or get you depressed
only take the faith; yes, the faith in God, who is the 5- Believe in God and his great ability in changing
only One who could take your dream and make it any bad situation
come true and prevent all the obstacles. Because He 6- Faith in God is your weapon, so keep it with you
created you and knows you and all your feelings and and keep it strong and place it in front of any depression
thoughts and mistakes and can utilize anything. Do or envious person
you think it's impossible to find a job and earn money 7- Keep your self-confidence and confidence in your
when there is employment in your country? Or do talents and skills
you think it's hard to make a living so you can marry 8- Keep your dreams!
your beloved and start a family? That's nonsense! 9- Keep your dreams!
Where’s your faith in God who gives you the patience 10- Keep your dreams!
and the willpower, mind and creation? Don’t ever
think that your future is determined based on your Last but not least, your dream is you, your being, and
grade results in school or university. No, that's just your existence - as long as you dream, as long as you
the beginning. God gave you skills and talents and exist.
you must use them. And believe me this will work Nada Helmy, 18
more for you than your studies because they are real
gifts and you use them without waiting for a grade.
So don't ever give up and say, “Oh, what can I do?
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Did you ever think that you have a dream but you have to confess to ourselves that we must not give
can't reach it? Did you ever think that you can do up. Dreams are like air, we can’t ever give up breathing.
some thing but people destroy that hope? Our dreams are like water and we can’t give up
Many teens nowadays have many dreams inside them drinking. By the way if you ever give up your dream
but they never have the chance to let out their dreams you’ll find yourself always giving every thing up. I
to the outer world. And suddenly we find out that believe that when we find a new dream, it’s a kind of
the dream is dying and we don’t even bother. a new hope you’re bringing to life. Never forget the
Is it our fault or the outer world’s fault? Then we ask words, hope, faith and dream. Because those are the
ourselves should we dream again? Should we have words which will help you to always bring a new dream
hope again? And suddenly we find that we don’t trust to life and to never give up.
the world again or even trust people. We have to ask Reem Ahmed, 15
for the chance and the right to show our dreams. We
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Before I start, I want to tell you outcome pleases you, then be sure that
something straight from my heart (and you've made the right choice and found
mind) to yours, a secret between you the source that triggers your actions.
and me. When I thought about writing With that matter cleared, check the goal
this article, I was mainly trying to help you're struggling for. Logically, it should
myself by setting up a check point for correspond to your conceptual choice.
my very own sake. Nevertheless, you're There's no way that a vegetarian would
invited, so read on… give yourself some save for opening a branch of McDonald's,
time and try it out. right? Hey, since we're at it, why should
there be a goal in the first place? Why
Speaking of time, some people might walk, run and struggle for a goal, even
go, "Nah, I don't have enough time." if it's right? Why tire yourself at all?
Well, believe it or not, nobody has enough Have a seat, relax. Wouldn't that be
time! Even those who claim that they better? Short-term answer, yes; those
do have enough time - don't! Yes, even who sit, won't fall. Long-term answer,
people spending their time chatting on no; those who sit won't fall yet they
those music channels and ‘sms-ing’, definitely won't rise.
‘mms-ing’ or whatever ‘essing’ don't have On the other hand, those who walk, run
enough time. They just aren't aware of and struggle could fall, but it's only a
it and they'll only take notice of that fact matter of time till they get up again and
once they decide to get a life. So, make they'll rise when they reach their goal.
use of the time you have. For the time And unforgettable is the feeling of having
being, concentrate on finding out what reached your goal, a real on-top-of-the-
the whole check point thing is all about. world feeling, too precious to be missed!
The definition of check point is: "A place, Reaching this goal is also the result of
especially on a border, where an official having applied your principles. Great!
person examines vehicles or people." You know what you want and why you
Let's make it a bit more abstract by want it. The only thing that's left is how
simply saying that it's just a point to will you get it.
check whether something matches the This is exactly when your skills come in.
criteria to be forwarded on or not. A sixteen year old girl, who believes in
Logically, a check point is only there the necessity of success and wants to
where it's necessary, e.g. you wouldn't make her parents proud of her, needs to
find a check point every second crossroad, improve her mathematical skills to get
for God's sake! Naturally, only important the grades she wants - ahem,ahem! Was
things are checked. There are an that me talking to myself? Of course
uncountable number of important things not, just don't tell my math teacher, I'm
but what's more important than the very, working on it, he’d be surprised. Wouldn't
very special you? Don't be shy, admit it, it be such a pity if you know what you
there are very few- if any, more important want but are too damn lazy to work for
matters, at all, other than one's self and it? Test your skills, discover your weak
this doesn't always have to be a bad points and don't be ashamed of them;
thing. work! Even if you're allegedly not good
enough you’ll be good enough, there's
Thanks to their importance, special things no reason why you won't. Do you stutter?
need attention and maintenance, or else Work on not doing that. Are you
you're – sooner or later - in for trouble. overweight? Go and work out. Do you
You go to a doctor to check your health lack some general knowledge? Read and
(mainly physical.) And right now, you'll get informed. Perfection is impossible
head to the nearest check point for your
mind. No, I'm not by any means saying
that you’re crazy but this life of ours can
drive just about anybody mad; there's
no need to wait till you are.
Now that you know why you need it
you're in need of knowing what to do
when there. Don't worry, it's tried and In at
tested, you can safely do this on your
own. Basically, it's just an analysis of
your current state to make sure that
you’re capable of pursuing your life the
way you want and are ready to face what Point
it takes. Call it introspection. Think deeply
and critically about your concepts and
perceptions. Are you satisfied with them?
Do they make enough sense and provide
you with enough strength and support
you need for the walk of life you desire? but you can reach a state close to
Many of us make this classic mistake of perfection if you work for it and keep
embracing cliché we don't fully grasp or working for it, this is possible. Who
blindly follow concepts we’re not fully knows, maybe I'll work so hard on my
convinced of. We think that by going math that it interests me enough as a
with the flow we’re on the safe side. Yet, career! You never know. Before you
going with the flow could lead you to the storm off, remember that if you combine
fall (geographically as well as your firm belief with a reachable goal
metaphorically.) armed with your skills, then you sure did
do something to be proud of - storm off
There are numerous concepts and beliefs, in peace and brake every now and then
how would you know that you picked the at a check point. See you there!
right one? Think, contemplate, analyze, Waiting for your feedback!
examine and prove! Once you've
‘checked’ a belief and/or concept that Youmna Younes, 16
you've thoroughly thought about and the
November 2005 . TeenStuff www.teenstuffonline.com
Last year a great impact happened to my daily life, as I
was introduced to the most wonderful magazine; Teen
Stuff, the magazine which brought a change to every
teen's life and especially mine. I started reading Teen
Stuff since it published my first article (Mixed Feelings.)
Teen Stuff really encouraged me to look and believe in
my talents. It gave me the spirit of challenge, which
helped me a lot in my life.
After my first article I started Mrs. Manal Al-Mahdy. And my Two days passed and I waited
to write a lot, even more than wish came true, when I read in next to the phone, suddenly I
the old days. My topics were the magazine about the felt that I was asking to reach
always about feelings and teens’ summer workshop. I talked to the stars and that I’d never get
emotions. I decided then to Marwa, whom I had never to know the team and be one
express my feelings to my best talked to before, and when I of them. Next day I called
friends through Teen Stuff as told her that I wanted to take Marwa and she told me that
all of us read the magazine. place in the workshop she she was about to call me to tell
So I entered the Clean and Clear surprised me by saying that I me that we were starting the
Competition. And the surprise could go the next day for the following Sunday. I felt like I
was that I really won second interview. wanted to scream! Finally I
place. At that time I knew that got the chance to be there. I
it would be the next level for Next day it was my time to meet started jumping all over the
my writing skills. the next wonderful person in house (by the way, thank you
the magazine from the Editorial mom for handling my crazy
I always loved writing poems Staff; Doaa Samy. You all must moments!) Now back to where
and so that was my next station have heard about her. She’s I was. Yeah Sunday…here I
in Teen Stuff. So I started the one who writes What If…? come!
sending them my poems that We sat in the teens’ room, the
always talked about love, room which contains all the Now it was time to get to meet
friendships, hurt, and purity. dreams, all the wonderful the other people who had the
And when my first poem was moments that any team would same dream to be one of Teen
published I felt that finally I love to share together. She Stuff’s team.
learned how to unleash my started asking me really hard I wasn’t so scared because I
thoughts. I knew that this questions and I started was ready to meet new people
wasn’t the end of the road. I answering while my heart was and share with them my
started contacting the Editorial shaking! At the beginning I thoughts. Plus, they made me
Manager, Marwa Yehia. She was so terrified because it was really comfortable. I got to
was the first person I knew from my first time to be interviewed. meet ‘Miss Green;’ I mean you
this wonderful crew. I couldn't But suddenly we started Soundos. She is the most
ever imagine that I could laughing as if we knew each ‘greenish’ person you can ever
actually have a friend like her. other already. At the end she meet and, by the way, she was
told me that they’ll call me to from the Editorial Staff too.
During the summer vacation I tell me when the workshop will And the next ‘purplish’ person
wanted to really get to know start. was Miss Purple; Radwa, the
the whole crew, even most ‘pinkish purplish’ and
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white hearted person I ever met. us had his own meetings
Then I got to know the new during the rest of the
comers, who were in my same week.
situation and had the same
feelings I had; Mahie, Dina, Usually in the morning I
Essra, Yasser, Madiha, Finan, start my day with them
Mohamed Bahar, Mohamed by teasing Nadia and
Khater, Kareem and Omar. Marwa, of course. And I
forgot to mention the
Next day we started early in the sweet kitten, Rania; she’s
morning, we talked laughed and a real kitten. But the day
even played games. We had came that I had to leave
lunch together as one big family. them as I live in Kuwait.
I met the funniest person in the It was the hardest
magazine who really gave it an moment because I got
unusual spirit. Nadia, she is the used to waking up really early sweetie.
one who is always on the phone to go to the meetings. And I Finan: I wish I had gotten
answering your phone calls got used to the home that the chance to say goodbye.
saying, “Teen Stuff, Kelmetna, brought all of us together. Madiha: I miss your voice.
ALOOO.” I loved talking to her Everyone really loves each other Essra: I hope you’ll keep
I spent really good times with over there and no one ever calls your talents up.
her. the magazine a working place Dina: Keep writing songs
but we all call it ‘THE BIG PINK and keep your smile.
Days passed and passed and HOUSE’…of course, every one Yasser: Don't ever let go of
chooses his own color! politics.
Omar: I miss your guitar
YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE
When I came back to Kuwait I and you of course.
didn’t think of anything except Bahar: I also wanted to say
about them. I really missed goodbye.
IN MY LIFE! my daily life over there. I just
wrote this article to show you
guys how much I love you and
Khater: I had hoped to see
you but I know you’re
Thank you all for to say that YOU MAKE A
DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE! Thank
Kareem: I really feel that I
know you really well although
you all for everything and special we didn’t talk much.
thanks to my lovely angels
Marwa and Nadia. I’ll never At the end I want to send my
forget what you did for me. regards and thanks to my three
suddenly we found that we were At the end, I should say that moderators, Radwa, Soundos
about to end the workshop's when anyone on earth really and flowery Doaa. Love you
wonderful days. Everyone was loves some one, he or she really all.....
getting ready for the projects misses them so much. And
and we were divided into teams that’s how I feel and I want to Reem Ahmad, 15
but actually we were working all say to:
the time together. We had
Romeo and Juliet, the two Mahie: I miss you so much
talented farmers, and the three
The last day came of the
workshop. Every one felt really
bad that day but we all tried to
cheer up each other by saying
that we’d be seeing each other
after the workshop. Now
everyone started to concentrate
on the project and, honestly,
everyone preformed really well.
And everyone was amazed that
we had the creativity to do this.
Now, starting a new life after
the workshop, we started to have
only one meeting which brought
us all together. It was also on
Sunday and it was for our club
Think Green. We had a lot of
fun and of course each one of
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What If … Camera
Were NEVER Invented?
It was the picture that was taken while then replied saying, “There the first day! You won’t find an
to apply for nursery school. I were many professional artists artist so quick to draw a picture
can really consider it a that used to draw really fine of you and your brother or sister
particularly important part in paintings.” Well, that’s all right, in a moment, when you both
drawings and paintings burst out laughing while
really move me; standing in the balcony during
especially when drawn a quiet, pale orange, afternoon!
by pencils. I feel And I’m sure you can’t find an
attached and attracted artist using his colors to paint
to them. But come on, your glorious new feast clothes
you won’t find an artist while you’re pretty and
waiting for you when you flourishing to wear them!
wake up so early in the
morning to put on your But you will find a camera!
school uniform and get Guys…a camera can just do!
ready to go school on
our home. It’s hung under the
clock on one of the wooden,
long rectangular, stand-likes.
On the other side is the big book
case that also has a special place
for pictures. Recently, my
graduation picture has joined
I was watching the television,
when suddenly I asked mom,
“What if cameras were never
invented?” Mom paused for a
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the old loving couple to check on my old and recent
be worth? Memories pictures to remember and
are one’s history and remember.
history is worth just “Pictures and photos are, honestly,
nothing! And since treasures showing all your gold
pictures are the living times, always remember to
part of a memory then remember them.”
a picture is worth
one’s history. And Now, you tell me how often do
since a camera is the you check on your treasures?
only device that can Any answer would be fine; if you
produce those really do remember to do that.
histories, then people But I just want to ask you a favor.
would lack flashbacks; Before you write me back, I want
would lack a really you to take a look now. See
important function in yourself in those mirrors and tell
their minds which is me, WHAT DO YOU FEEL? Let me
to remember, but know if a smile came upon your
hardly remember. face while checking this! ‘Cause
that always happens to me :) and
If we had no cameras don’t worry, smiling is NOT against
to collect the most the law this month!
remarkable events in
I believe in the Fine Arts and I’m our lives, we would have forgotten Waiting for your mail at:
fond of drawing in general. Two zillions of events. We already
years ago, I took a course in the forget sometimes while holding email@example.com
Faculty of Fine Arts. I was thrilled the picture, draining our minds
to practice drawing and to get that info about what was Be sure that I’ll feed you
sometimes even portraying. I happening when that picture was
learned basics that are now taken…so what about without back. I love your
carved in my mind. Yet, I still having the picture at all?! Nothing comments and feel happy
believe that drawing and would prove that event you may and even proud to know
photographing are two very have forgotten but an old photo.
different things. A highly sensitive Moreover, I wouldn’t have known that you’ve started to
passion pushes you to hold your how I looked like in each separate think in a different way
pencil and draw…translating the stage of life. I sure know my here with me on my
feelings, the actions and the face, but as time goes on, nothing
hidden potentials on top. While a would prove it to others and even special page. I may take
picture acts as a bell moving you to me as I feel I need to see the some time, but I will reply
back to that time and place, it ‘first’ me! anyway. See you next
has no art (but I don’t mean
professional photography; I mean I so much appreciate my pictures! month God willing.
when anyone picks up a camera I have a big album and I’m dead
and takes snapshots of people). sure that you personally have one Best Wishes,
They’re really different. too. But what might differ is that Doaa Samy, 18
I refresh my memory every now
What do you feel when you touch and then. I try as much as I can
your own old pictures? Aren’t they
showing your facial expressions?
The way your eye looks? Or your
exact, pure, white smile? I can
tell you that I can even smell how
happy or sad I was in that place,
if it was hot or cold, comfortable
or tiring, and was it a fake or a
real smile on my face then!
If there were no cameras, I frankly
don’t know how I would go on.
Never think I’m over- reacting.
Memories are as important as
food stuff and other crucial things
in our lives. I’m sure they aren’t
so only to me; just because I can
guarantee you a deep stare
whenever you see your picture
with your old school friends after
turning 60 years old. I can also
guarantee that you’ll pick those
pictures and show them to your
children and even grandchildren
saying, “See how stunning your
grandpa/ma used to be during
those striking youthful years!”
For a widow or widower…how
much would a picture showing
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Long Live Egypt
It’s no doubt that we’re
gifted with a country A Highly Respected Citizen
that is and has always
been more unique than “Haloo ya Haloo… Ramadan Kareem Ya Haloo,” sang the five year old
Fawzya, the daughter of the highly respected Egyptian citizen Ramadan
others in every way. On Abd El Aal Metaal.
this land you experience The highly respected citizen Ramadan Abd El Aal Metaal has two
children, Fawzya, who celebrates the holy month each year by chanting
wonders that you might from morning till night and Hassanein who marks the time of breaking
the fast each year by smashing the window of one of their beloved
never even think of in neighbors with his football. The holy month was due to start in two
other places. Together days and the big boss of the happy family, Mrs. Ramadan Abd El Aal
Metaal, decided it was high time to get all the missing items in the
we shall review a few shopping list. Together the happy family of the highly respected citizen
Ramadan Abd El Aal Metaal went to the closest place in the hearts of
of those wonders or, if Egyptian families; Carrefour.
others might like to call The place was bustling with people of various sizes and classes.
Together the smell of peoples’ perspiration with that of the nuts and
them, downsides, in the other saviors of Ramadan created an odor that, I bet, if those
people who work in Christian Dior kept experimenting for ages wouldn’t
hope of finding some reach it.
way to reform ourselves The wife of the highly respected citizen Ramadan Abd El Aal Metaal
couldn’t be bothered by such petty stuff and held her children's hands
and along with our and squeezed into the store. In the meat section, women stood in -
what only Egyptians can call lines; each waiting for her order, an order
country. which when received fills the cart completely. Women ended up pushing
Welcome to our two more carts to the cashier. Of course Mrs. Ramadan Abd El Aal
Metaal was a very economical lady and was satisfied with just one cart
exclusive inside look of and three baskets.
Mrs. Ramadan Abd El Aal Metaal was busy counting the items in the
the marvels of the cashier and making sure that she didn’t forget her 10 chickens and 12
Mother of all lands… kilos of meat, while her husband the highly respected Egyptian citizen
wondered how much he could profit if he turned their garage in to a
EGYPT! supermarket during the holy month.
On the first day of the holy month, the kitchen of the highly respected
The Story of an citizen was full of action preparing to receive their relatives for breakfast.
The wife of the highly respected citizen Ramadan Abd El Aal Metaal
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Ramadan Abd El kinds of food that
Aal Metaal. In they found within
response, the their reach.
highly respected After an hour the happy
citizen Ramadan family of the highly respected
Abd El Aal Metaal citizen Ramadan Abd El Aal Metaal
started cursing sat in front of the TV screen to
and swearing watch the commercials that were
too. The highly repeatedly interrupted with soap
respected operas. The most favorite soap
Egyptian citizen opera of the family of the highly
only realized respected Egyptian citizen
what he was Ramadan Abd El Aal Metaal is
doing when the that of the one at the beginning,
owner of the SouSou Hashtaka in "Khali Balek
chicken threw a Aala Aayalek.” The family of the
bucket of dirty highly respected Egyptian citizen
was giving her orders to the three water over his head. He then Ramadan Abd El Aal Metaal stayed
maids she borrowed from her realized that it's the holy month up till 4 a.m. At 3 a.m. Mrs.
neighbor, Madam Attaya Bent and one shouldn’t swear or fight. Ramadan Abd El Aal Metaal
Oum Attaya. Lightheartedly, he smiled, got into prepared sohour. The highly
Mrs. Ramadan Abd El Aaal Metaal his car and drove away. respected Egyptian citizen
had to honor her husband on that Ramadan Abd El Aal Metaal and
special day in front of his picky his wife prayed while sitting
relatives. Therefore, as custom because they were unable to bend
has it, she had to do her best to down.
feed them till they begged for
mercy. For starters, she prepared The next day the highly respected
dates with milk, chicken soup, citizen Ramadan Abd El Aal Metaal
soup with meat balls and salad. over slept and went to work at
The first course in the meal 12 noon. He couldn’t finish the
consisted of fattah followed by cross words in the newspaper so
grilled chicken with potatoes and he decided to take a quick nap to
tourley (basically every single save his efforts for breakfast. He
kind of vegetable you can lay your dozed off and started dreaming
hands on) and brown rice. The about the day's breakfast and
second course consisted of fried what SouSou Hashtaka will do in
meat and macaroni with white "Khali Balek aala Aayalek"…
sauce. Other than the courses in
the meal there would also be fried
chicken wings, grilled meat with Happy Ramadan
mushroom sauce, meat fingers, You’ll notice long sentences …
koubebah, mahshee and keshek. that's to test your patience,
For dessert Mrs. Ramadan Abd perseverance and temper!
El Aal Metaal prepared katayef, Time flew like a breeze and it
kounafa, basbousa, khoushaf and wasn’t long before Fawzya, the Sondos Shabayek, 19
fruits. As for the drinks amar el daughter of the highly respected Illustration by: Adnan Hesham
deen, kharoub and karkadeeh citizen Ramadan Abd El Aal
were prepared. Metaal, started chanting, followed
by a loud bang
Away from the noisy kitchen and her brother had
down to the streets, was where created from the
the highly respected citizen effect of
Ramadan Abd El Aal Metaal was throwing the ball
trying to make his way out of all into the window
the cars in hope of reaching home of Madame Attya
early to grab a nap before Bent Oum Attya.
breakfast. The highly respected It was then that
citizen Ramadan Abd El Aal Metaal the mother
tried to control his temper every realized it's time.
time a car next to him decided to Everybody
jump the traffic. No I'm fasting, attacked the
he reminded himself, until a hen dinner table like
landed on his car. Shocked, the those who
highly respected citizen Ramadan hadn’t seen any
Abd El Aal Metaal grabbed the food in ages. All
first man he saw and hit him in mouths were full
the face. People gathered and with food and
the highly respected citizen foreheads with
Ramadan Abd El Aal Metaal, out sweat. People
of panic, started to hit the people who finished all
too. The woman whose chicken the courses
flew out of the window and landed repeated the
on the highly respected Egyptian round again and
citizen Ramadan Abd El Aal those who
Metaal's car, in fear of having her didn’t, preferred
head chopped off like her sisters, to concentrate
started screaming and cursing their efforts on
the highly respected citizen two or three
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name on your
God bless the new
democracy that makes
us free to fight
wherever we want
using any weapons we
have Sout El-Oma
Damn! Why do
youth have to
ruin the Utopia
is providing us!
So sad that the
only thing we are
so talented at is
into a commercial
After all the car
accidents we read
about you’d expect
youth to get it by
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Is that a Real Job Man?
Getting a job is the natural step to take in anyone’s life after finishing
the stretched journey of studying. I know it’s not a piece of cake!
One doesn’t find such an optimistic and welcoming surrounding
straight after finishing university! On the contrary, youth feel
desperate and doomed to failure with the first step they manage to
take on the real roads of life.
One of the awfully palpable learn patience. I confess, I’m anything to make a living -
symptoms is the lack of job one of those who have to learn which I exceedingly respect,
openings everywhere. You find patience! As long as I’m going and those who take the easiest
fresh graduates in high spirits down the right path, working way to get people’s money in
in their last year, eager to start hard and exerting effort, I one way or another.
applying what was studied to mustn’t worry; because God
real life. Enthusiastic acts as won’t ever disappoint me. READY! Start now!
a life-size push to have youth
let out all the inside potential. This month, the Think Green P.S. Forgive us for using some
But suddenly they face the Club decided to hold a show, Arabic expressions! You’ll
truth. They face the bitterness and let you all take a look at recognize that sometimes, it’s
of being rejected – despite the ‘Weirdest Jobs’ you can impossible to translate such
being highly qualified - just find here in Egypt as a result comments!
because of that other guy/girl of the lack of opportunities, or
who is somehow related to the maybe (and I support this Doaa Samy, 18
company owner, or the coming reason more) due to Head of the Think Green Club
principal is his/her uncle or indolence and lassitude. All in
whatever relationship is all, you’ll find both. The ones
between them! who really fight, and try to do
But, I always like to
stop for a while and
think of a different
view. Let’s try to
blame ourselves this
time. How many
people are we in
Eh?! What country
can grant 30 million
great jobs for its 30
million labor force of
What country can
hoping youth?! What
I want to reach is that
grant 30 million
we do NOT have to great jobs for its
start great! Instead
of leaving the whole 30 million labor
country and start
searching someplace force of hoping
abroad ending up
with a small job, why youth
not accept another
small job; but here?
Then when you excel,
you’ll definitely be
placed wherever you
should be and aimed
to reach. We have to
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1- The so called on that road a big
fight happens. One of
‘M.E.N.A.D.Y’ my friends once told
me this story. A man
came up to him, he
Have you ever driven your car and looked just fine,
suddenly found yourself wearing fine clothes,
surrounded by lots of cars and and even smelt good.
people all over you? At that instant He asked my friend if
you reach a conclusion which is, he can speak to him
you are near a mall or something for a second. Then he
of that sort! Since you’re near a said, "Excuse me Mr.
mall, then the next fact would be But I come from a
finding a smiling man standing in really far place and I
front of your car telling you, left my wife and kids
‘ETFADDAL YA BASHA!!’ He insists alone, and now I have
badly that you should park in the no more money to go
place he offers you. Plus, he might back. Could you
take your seat and park it himself, please give me some
how generous he is! But the major money which will help
problem is that you don’t want to me travel back to my
park in the first place because you place?”
don’t want to go to the mall - My friend didn’t know
again in the first place! what to say but he
Anyway, if you want to go into the exclaimed asking,
mall and park in this place after "Why did you leave
he gives you the guidelines and them alone when you
assistance, which are actually have no money?" So,
useless, you’ll definitely hear, that’s how begging
‘TA3ALA YA BASHA, TA3ALA, goes on these days;
TA3ALA, HOB! ENTA KEDA LEBEST you can’t tell which
YA BASHA.’ You get out of the car beggar needs the
and you find the man coming to money and which one
you wearing a name tag and other pointing out the weak points we doesn’t. But what I can advice
times wearing a uniform, either have in our society. you with is, whenever you go out
telling you that he wants whatever Omar Mostafa, 19 make sure that you have enough
amount of money you give him or money to help people who just
specifying a certain amount of
want your money, everywhere!
money. You try to say that you’ll Reem Ahmad, 15
give him the money when you
come back, but his excuse is that
he has to leave right now because Ways of 3- Mobile,
he’ll be changing his shift. They
always say that. Begging Mobile, Mobile
I once met one, which you can
consider the first type who tells As Doaa mentioned at the very
you, ‘ELLY TEGEEBOH YA BASHA.’ beginning, people get educated to Thanks to our lovely two mobile
I didn’t have any change except have a job in the future which they networks, that leave us most of
for L.E.5, so I gave it to him. I can earn a living from. But what the time with no credit to even
found him objecting and about those people who didn’t ‘miss call’ anybody, most of the
complaining that he’s been have the chance to get that kind time, we find ourselves in need to
standing in the sun all day, I of education? They then choose make a phone call, especially in
replied acting a bit harsh, “Hey to get money in a very creative public places where people lose
you! That’s all what I have for way. The new creative ways of each other easily. It started with
you!” He then responded, begging! kiosks having business mobile lines
“KHALAS YA BASHA, WALA In the old days, people used to and charging for phone calls in a
YEHEMMAK.” beg to get money for a really good range of pt50 to L.E.1 per minute.
The second type is unfortunately reason -not sure but at least the
worse; supposedly, they work for percentage of good people was It’s reached the point of having a
some kind of company or with the higher than what it is now – giving person standing in the street in
government. They’re supposed to reasons like illness, or an accident front of universities, malls and
take money and in return, give a etc… But nowadays people found main squares with a sign beside
ticket that proves that they took out that this way of begging him saying, ‘Talk Freely, pt75 per
money from those parking their humiliates them. So they decided Minute” with a picture of a baby
cars but of course that doesn’t to invent a new way which will using a mobile or something. You
happen; as they take the money fulfill their desires. find that person yelling to
for themselves and they give NO They make begging look like a everybody in the street, “Mobile!
tickets. classy thing and it also has some Mobile! Mobile!” It’s really a
Finally, I’m trying hard to let my rules that every beggar should successful, creative idea, as
voice reach someone; to finish up follow. For example, each beggar everybody needs to make sudden
what I call a misery. I’m trying to has his own street or road, and if phone calls, without having to buy
stop being negative, at least by any other beggar starts begging a phone card; paying only per
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missed a lecture or don’t have
any interest of attending in the
first place, which makes it a
successful business as there are
plenty of students who don’t
I, myself, have thought more than
once to resort to them instead of
asking other unhelpful students.
Their notes are preferable and
more useful than any other
student or friends’ notes because
they write everything, and I mean
EVERYTHING! I heard some
people refer to them as ‘The
Human Type Writers’ as they write
whatever is said and done inside
the lecture hall. I read parts of
one lecture note and it seemed
pretty funny how they write the
reaction of the professor, when
minute (wetkalem bera7tak!) microphone and said that he won’t exactly did he laugh, when did he
let anyone inside after him.” say a joke in between explanations
Yasser Abbas, 18 This seems like an introduction and how he threatens the students
to a story, or me describing my to make the exam real hard if
4- The Paid
normal day at college. But no, they don’t keep quiet.
this is actually what is written in Believe me, whatever comes out
lecture notes that are sold. of the professor’s mouth is written.
Patient We are all familiar with different
Since some of them aren’t
students, they don’t really have
sold items. But have you heard a sense of judgment towards
One of the weirdest jobs I’ve of the guy who sells lecture notes what’s to be left out and what’s
heard about -which I doubt I can at universities? I have and it was necessary. They fear neglecting
even call a ‘job’ is a person who by far the strangest job I have a very important piece of
offers his body for students who heard of. The first time I heard information, so they record
study medicine to practically that such a job existed was in my everything on paper. The price
practice on him. Yes! Surprisingly first year of college. A friend of range of one note usually equals
enough it’s true. If he has a certain mine was trying to elude one of the price range of photocopying.
disease they give him money in them who was asking her But it increases a few pounds once
order to see for themselves the constantly to give him that day’s exam time approaches.
symptoms and test on him their lecture to add missing information
diagnostic skills. And that is how to his notes before selling them. In spite of its weirdness, it still
this person pays his bills! Actually So, I thought of finding out more shows how people think of odd
what’s even more surprising is about this job. They’re in every and creative ways to earn money
how the students do this as if it’s college no doubt. They are mostly for a living.
normal! Well this makes me guys ranging in age from 21 to
wonder why would anyone do 28. And they can be useful for Esraa Hegazy, 18
such a thing?! Is it because he some students out there who
has no skills to fit in any other
job? Is he a lazy person who
doesn’t want to work? Or is it How desperate and
because of unemployment? How
desperate and frustrated is he to
do such a humiliating thing?! I he to do such
can only imagine.
Dina Wahba, 19
a humiliating thing?!
I can only imagine
5- The Lecture
“The professor walked into the
room at exactly 8:15 a.m. He
closed the door, walked to the
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because no one would dare say
6- So They Say 7- A Frank
that face to face!!
Doaa Samy, 18
Mr. Microbus Question
Assistant Never think that we’re against
primitive or simple jobs, on the
“Hey guys, you seem rich; how
“Aiwa ogra elly rekeb odam---el can we take your money?!” contrary—you should start simple.
3arabya fadya wara!” Most of them All what you have read are real If you review the introduction, you
are very noisy and annoying. They ways to do something and take will find me saying, “We do NOT
have to start great” I mean, one
should go here and there, try every
possible chance and grab the tiniest
opportunity! The narrow street
always ends up in a wider one, and
that wider one is the way to the
widest! Being ambitious, and aiming
the best, accompanied by hard
work and devotion only make the
man. (These are my own proverbs
that I personally believe in) Here,
and on those pages, I hope we
could show you the BIG difference
between those who hardly dig in
life’s wells and those who prefer to
collect money as a result of nothing.
I’m sure you got it…”
So, what do you
think guys; are these
nice discoveries? Tell
you the truth, there
Aiwa ogra elly rekeb odam.... are some jobs that
el 3arabya fadya wara we only found about
have their own language with the money in return. But what if you
drivers. They know how to send were asked that clear question? it’s your turn now to
them messages on when to stop,
to drop off or pick a person up.
Let me tell you the story.
feed us back _ and
They collect money from people I was with my Dutch family in Khan tell us, did you ever
and try to cheer up the atmosphere El-Khalili, during their last visit to
in the microbus. Their language is Cairo two months ago. As we just meet people like the
of course down-to- earth! They
call people on the streets while
walked in front of a bunch of sellers
- and you know how narrow the
ones who told my
hanging out from the supposedly streets in Khan El-Khalili are. They family and I, “Hey
closed door, yelling, “Ta3ala Ramsis!
Aiwa Saeyda Aisha!” They have a
kept on smiling and walking around
our place when suddenly I heard
guys! You seem rich,
very strange job. The microbus that comment! My aunt and how can we take
driver can manage without their cousins are Dutch, and neither
help, just like microbuses that put speak nor understand Arabic but your money?”
a sign in the front telling the
destination, and collect money
they look Middle Eastern. So,
surprisingly, those coarse people
Waiting your mail at:
themselves from people. However, said it in English to let them info@teenstuffonlin
they’re really funny, and a part of
the Egyptian street life. I can not
understand!! See how rude? I’m
Egyptian and I know all about those
imagine driving in the streets of people but what about the
Egypt without hearing the foreigners, huh? They love Egypt
recognized voices calling, ‘Abbas and love its kind generous people
el 3a2ad? Tayeb, 3asher 3asher!!” but what about after hearing that? Think Green Club
To our good luck, my family Illlustration by: Adnan Heshanm
Yasser Abbas, 18 laughed and thought they were
kind of psycho or something; simply
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Like You’ve Never Seen …
"Respect the masterpiece. It is true
reverence to man. There is no quality
so great, none so much needed now."
Frank Lloyd Wright
The Mausoleum Chamber
which made the mosque no
longer suitable for prayers
The Mosque and
School of Sultan Hassan
It has always been one of the if you are
most outstanding major fascinated by its
monuments of the Islamic world. entrance only, that
can only mean that
It combines spirit and science, you are in for an
as it was not just a mosque, but unforgettable
also a school for the four rites experience through
of Islamic law - a wondrous its twists and turns,
architecture that enriches the dark hallways to lit
senses and drives for the search chambers, till you
of knowledge and wisdom reach the courtyard
hidden within its walls, (sahn), where you
chambers, hallways and can find an ablution
courtyards. The building has fountain and four
riddled many architects, uneven and
historians and scholars on enormous vaulted
different levels but one thing halls (iwans) for
remains sure; it will always have each school.
its mysteries and we will always
enjoy them. Through the
biggest vault, and Light are hanged from the vault to give the
As you pass through its passing the feeling that prayers are held directly below the
magnificent portal, you cannot sanctuary which is stars, and the vault itself is built to give a
powerful echo during prayer callings
help but feel overwhelmed and ‘Qebla’ oriented, on
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the left side of the niche, the mausoleum (dareeh)
can be found; an unusual plan, considering it is
prohibited in Islam to pray facing a mausoleum,
but from an artistic point of view, the dome and
the stalactites give the chamber a serene feeling,
and it could take you hours to read all of the
inscriptions. Not because it is not clear, but just
because it is so beautiful and captivating.
Unfortunately, it was never completed. The
founder of the mosque, Sultan Hassan, was not
one of the major rulers of Egypt and the building
process was accompanied by a famine and it was
under his orders that it be built so people would
find work. The two minarets which were supposed
to be above the portal, had an unfortunate fate,
as one fell on an orphanage beside it, killing
almost 40 children, and the other was never
completed but the building withstood all that and
still stands to tell us its story.
Many of us never visit Islamic Cairo and we have
little knowledge of the great heritage we have.
And although this mosque is highly recognized
all over the world, I never heard of it till I was
in college! If you can take some time out to visit
places in your country that are sought by travelers
from all over the world, then please do.
Tarek Rakha, 20
The stalactites cover the portal to give
cave-like impressions, as solitude was
sought by scholars and they turned to
caves for that. The entrance is dark in
order to have no one rush into the
mosque for prayers until his vision adjusts
to the darkness
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Just when you were all toddlers, the Berlin wall was falling, and the world was on fire…
The best memory any of you would have of winter 1989 is, well, school; and a bit of
thumb-sucking too, probably. For some it was their first trip to the movies, it was their
first book, or perhaps, their first dose of solid food, after years of feeding off Gerber
jars. And while your biggest concerns were your monthly exams or deciding which toy to
buy next, the world, Europe in particular, had a lot more to worry about.
Until its fall on November 9, 1989, The Wall was over 155 km (96 miles)
the Berlin Wall had remained to the long. In June 1962 work started on a
world a relic of WWII; a key symbol, second parallel fence up to 91 metres
and a constant reminder of what (100 yards) further in, with houses in
October1989 Western powers regarded as between the fences torn down and their
Communist tyranny, particularly inhabitants relocated. An empty no man's
after the high-profile shootings of land was created between the two
would-be defectors. The Wall was barriers, which became widely known as
erected in 1961 as a way to combat the ‘death strip.’ It offered no cover; it
the mass immigration of skilled was mined and booby-trapped with
labor force from East Germany, tripwires; and, most importantly, it offered
then, controlled by the Communist a clear field of fire to the watching guards.
Bloc, to the West, a shared territory The ‘fourth generation wall’ known
between France, Britain and the officially as ‘Stützwandelement UL 12.11,’
United States, via Berlin, the only was the final and most sophisticated
Egypt point in the East/West Germany
border where the border remained
version of the Wall, completed in 1975.
During the Wall's existence there were
Produces open. The drain of labor and around 5,000 successful escapes into
Nuclear economic output threatened East West Berlin; 192 people were killed trying
Germany with economic collapse. to cross and around 200 were seriously
Fuel This had ramifications for the whole
Communist Bloc and particularly
the Soviet Union.
injured. And after more than two decades,
the world was slowly accepting the Berlin
Wall as an international fact of life.
But this was all bound to change on August 23, 1989, as Hungary removed
its border restrictions with Austria, leading to more than 13,000 East Germans
escaping through Hungary, and mass demonstrations against the government
in East Germany began in the fall of 1989. A newly appointed government
decided to allow East Berliners to apply for visas to travel to West Berlin.
However, Günter Schabowski, the East German Minister of Propaganda had
been on vacation prior to this decision and hadn't been fully updated on all
the protesting and this particular decision.
During a press conference on November 9, 1989, he was handed a note which
he decided to read out loud and that turned out to be a huge mistake.
The note said that East Berliners would be allowed to cross the border with
proper permission. Tens of thousands of people immediately went to the
checkpoints in the Wall and demanded entry into West Berlin. They quickly
became a major crowd control problem for the surprised and overwhelmed
border guards. In face of the escalating crowd safety situation, the guards
eventually just yielded, opening the access points and allowing people through
with (at most) minimal identity verification checks. The ecstatic East Berliners
were soon greeted by jubilant West Berliners on the other side in a celebratory,
party atmosphere. November 9 is thus considered the date the Wall fell. In
the days and weeks that followed, people began arriving at the wall with
sledgehammers and physically demolishing it, section by section. The fall of
the wall was the first step to the unification of Germany, which was concluded
on October 3, 1990.
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A Sad Moon in a Black Night
A sad moon in a black night
Looking for its silver light
Crying on the black face of the sea
Tear after tear
Wiped by the restless waves
Rising mourning echoes to the caves
And no one is there but me
To listen and behold
The sobbing moon and the mourning sea
The three of us together are free
To open up and release
The suppressed pains and fears
We don't know why all of us are
Stricken in love by a curse;
No beloved will love
And no lover will dance
My Lecture Me, Myself and I
I'm too quiet to be noticed
Something’s creepin’ upon me I'm kind enough to be fooled
But I can’t see I'm desperate enough to commit suicide
Fear is screaming out of me I'm too free to be ruled
Struggling to break free
My world is spinning I see kids dying while people laugh
While my blood is spilling It's like they're dying on their behalf
I’m losin’ control I wonder where's justice when cruelty is everywhere?
While they’re taking my soul And the idea of living this which I don’t bare
I'm always crying, wishing to die
I’m slipping away When you're praying trying to get by
From the pain inside of me And when that black cloud spreads over you
Voices in my head You say it's fake although you know it's true
When I’m lying in my bed Just wishing to live this another day
They just won’t go away
Why do they stay? I don’t know why I want to run away
I’m going insane I'm glad and pleased to say "I'm gone!"
I can’t take the pain When you're relieved to see that sun
Coming up with all its yellow beams
Fear and hatred is all I can see Like fired bullets I guess it seems
While they’re suckin’ life out of me I wonder where I should go
Torture is all I can feel When time is passing yet so slow
And the wounds just won’t heal And if you ask me who I want to be
They’re taking it all I'll tell you this little one called me
I feel so small Cause without love… or with love
All they do is lie Life was just great and fine with me
My eyes can’t see the sky All my answers were up above
Now death is one foot away from me
Gehad Hussein, 15 So why did I say I want to die
When all I needed was a little cry?
Although life's great and extremely good
And I should have lived it as I could
So I’m going to live it all and I'm not to waste time
And you're going to hear me one more time
Singing the song of my life
Featuring me, myself and I
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I know you’re a powerful speaker but can you
listen for a second only? I need only one
moment to have you listen to my silence talking
and my feelings which I fail to put in words.
Try to read my thoughts, to listen to my heart
beats which say all I want to say.
Try just to stare into my eyes and you’ll
understand me by your heart and feel my broken
feelings. You know, there are a lot of living
things which are killed by words. Everything is
better if I don’t say it.
Listen to my silence which tells you all my
secrets which calls you by tears when you leave.
It dances when it remembers a happy memory
and smiles when you’re back because silence
is a wonderful language to declare your love.
Stop talking for a second and let’s listen to the
silence talking. One sense will stop and all the
other senses will work. One language will stop
and all the other languages will be.
Bruised and battered by your
Bruised Even though it was my decision to
words…dazed and shattered now it leave all what we could have done;
hurts! like the future that we could have
Could you elaborate what do you think shared together.
about that? And I'm still convinced of the so many
Sometimes it's fair enough that you reasonable reasons that made me
demand others’ point of view about unable to continue with you.
what was said or what you’ve done Yes, I'm better off now in one way or
especially when these words were another, but let me be frank...you still
said to someone in particular. got something that makes me get in
Yes, I know it differs from one person a daze and it's beyond being sane to
to another about expressing what you think that I was the one who chose
think about it. But it won't hurt you all of that!
if you say your perspective about what
was said; even if you’re shy or used Maybe because I still see your things
to acting cold as a way to face such or maybe it's me who doesn’t want
situations. to let go of what happened.
I know nothing about you now or you
For God's sake you’ve made me lose about me and I pray that you're not
what I've been always known for, ‘The facing what I've been through; I know
most reasonable and the solver of that it was hard on you too!
most problems concerning So please God, let me out of his head
relationships between girls and guys." for good as well as his life, and I hope
And now I'm going insane with all that he has the life he deserves, if it's
these thoughts and questions that I was suggesting? not now then when God wills.
were left unanswered and only God Why did you take my words for Simply because it’s been a difficult
knows if it’ll remain like this. granted? Why haven't you tried to paradox to solve getting over you,
get me back in your life? even when it was me who decided to!
Why did you let me go so easily? It’s been five months now - why
Why didn’t you object or refuse what haven't I let you go yet?! Anonymous, 20
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The Young Innovative
Chance of a Life time for Young Graduates
developed by Egyptian college students Amideast.
of Egypt’s Technical Faculties. YIA
offered a number of L.E. 4000 grant Where do you get the funds from
awards for the best project ideas for this project?
submitted by applicants.
At the beginning, most of the prizes
Why was the faculty of were from individual/family pledges.
Engineering especially chosen for But this year we created corporate
this project? partnerships with companies like
Proctor and Gamble- Egypt, which is
There are a lot of organizations here already in action, committing 12
in Egypt. We realize that whatever we awards this year and it will serve up
do as an NGO is a limited intervention, to 60 students and will be used to
but is highly needed. So we had to sponsor five graduation projects in
get specific with our project which is three national Engineering Schools,
a sub-effort of what NM does. We at the Mechanical Engineering
wanted to make a difference by helping Department, in addition to two other
research and development here in companies but they are not yet in
Egypt. So we chose the final year at action.
Egypt’s technical colleges in which
they already do their graduation Does P&G financing these projects
projects. We chose the Telecom mean they will provide these
TPA’s Productive Youth Department in the Faculty of students with job opportunities
Engineering because it is a science later?
Campaign is up and strong, very needed nowadays and in the
reaching out to Egypt’s future. As we had very limited ‘Nahdet el Mahroosa’ YIA project
younger generations and resources and funding, we started in focuses on R&D. Proctor and Gamble
paving the way for their one place, which was Cairo University, conversely focuses on both R&D and
successful future. It’s never but now we have expanded to Ein- recruitment. Here comes the problem
too late to produce and it’s Shams and Alexandria Universities as of applying these projects in real
never too late to advance. well with still a further-expansion plan. business where if you did not even
Recently, we’ve had the honor work for them later, it is a good thing
to meet up with Mr. Loay El Your aim from this project is to on your C.V. that P&G actually housed
increase R&D here in Egypt, but you for your graduation project and
Shawaby, Product Manager what guarantees those students attempted to apply your valuable
and a founding member of the that their projects will be used recommendations. They would also
‘Nahdet el Mahroussa’ with their names and will not be try to provide Egyptian youth with
Organization. This stolen ( i.e. their intellectual opportunities at their R&D facilities
organization is an NGO created property rights)? abroad.
a project (YIA – Young
Innovative Awards) to help We do not buy these projects, we just What is the deadline for this year’s
serve graduating university finance them meaning they are not admission?
transformed by us into real businesses.
students of the faculty of We had eight awards last year and we The deadline is November 25, 2005.
Engineering with their final distributed six of them which benefited We printed posters and posted them
year projects. Read more of 30 students. Currently, two of the wherever we could in the faculty which
the following exclusive beneficiary projects are trying to start has all information needed.
interview and find out how this a real business now and we have
organization can help you. already helped by providing them with What does the future hold for the
links to do that. The idea behind this organization and for senior
Can you brief us about the ‘Nahdet is to give students a chance to look students who wish to get
el Mahroussa’ Organization which at the optimistic side of life instead of involved?
the YIA project relates to? being pessimistic. If you compete and
win a prize at the end, that will give ‘Nahdet el Mahroosa’ is planning to
The YIA project belongs to the ‘Nahdet you a very good push, which is our create an NM R&D fund with assistance
el Mahroosa’ Organization which works principle. The aim behind this is a from partner-organizations, and will
through three main channels; an better society, where by research you start promoting the fund in December
incubator which helps support and can achieve the know-how of things. 2005. The size of the fund is projected
implement innovative project ideas; at L.E. 10 million and is expected to
a discussion forum where different How are graduates chosen to support 200 awards annually, and to
ideas and concerns about Egypt’s compete and how are the winners run other complemantary programs.
present and future are vocalized and chosen?
debated, and finally a think tank By providing the YIA, ‘Nahdet el
(under development) whose primary There is an online-submission form, Mahroussa’ can teach those who strive
objective is to study and make practical so any student team who fits the enough to win their award, the real
recommendations to the Egyptian criteria can participate. We give them meaning of how to enter the work
community at large in the area of lectures about how to make proposals force before they even land a job.
development. It is voluntary work for their projects to all the students Through this NGO, graduates can get
from us. I am the Project Manager who submitted. Then we make a their first close-up view of what it is
and a founding member of the ‘Nahdet committee to choose the projects. We like to be part of the working market.
El Mahroussa.’ organize another three lectures for
the chosen students; one about the
What is the YIA project and how role of R&D in stimulating the economic For more information and
do university graduates benefit growth, another about how to convert participation in the project
from it? your project to a commercial one and please visit the NM website:
The YIA project aims at stimulating the person who gives this lecture is a
the culture of research and very successful 30-year-old Egyptian www.nahdetmassr.org
development in Egypt. It hopes to entrepreneur. He acts as a role model
for them which gives them hope. The Mai Ibrahim, 20
realize this objective by financially
supporting innovative project ideas last one is about the chances of R&D
after graduation and it is held by