Egyptian kids enjoy polylingual camp on the Black Sea
New semester of “International Smart Holidays with the “Rosatom School”, organized in the framework of the “Rosatom School” project, wrapped up in Turkey
84 children from nine countries, including Egypt and Turkey, attended a Rosatom initiated summer camp on the shores of the Black Sea in Turkey. Over the period of two weeks from the 5th until the 19th of June 2018, the coastline was transformed into the magical city of “Artville”, a unique meeting point where talented kids from across the globe and their team leaders worked together to make the future of the world better.
Children from Egypt, Turkey, Kenya, Ghana, Russia, Hungary, Slovakia, Vietnam and Bangladesh not only live together, but learn to understand each other and work together, by truly overcoming language and cultural boundaries. The children also have the opportunity to attend one or several of the eight workshops provided and choose between theatre, dance, street art, animation, landscape gardening, engineering installation, music mixing or photography. From the first day upon arrival the children were immersed in multilingual educational and entertainment events, staging their own immersive theater performance, curating personal exhibitions, creating educational quests as well as presenting their national cultures to other participants.
The children from Egypt and Turkey revelled in the multicultural environment of the camp, particularly enjoying the creative workshops and opportunities to make new friends from around the world. The Egyptian delegation in particular wowed the audience with their expressive dance performance and vivid costumes during the final team presentation.
“Do you know what the kids who have come to this camp are thinking? What do they expect of these two weeks? Many who are taking part in a camp like this for the first time are understandably nervous. While packing for my trip, I was extremely happy and grateful for this opportunity. Of course, initially I had a few worries of my own, such as the language barrier. When I arrived here, I met a lot of interesting people and can say with certainty that the experience has been an exciting one.” Aida Ramadan, participant, Egypt
“I really liked the dance workshop – it’s amazing. Every day, we met up and had fun together. We danced, pretending to be trees. We also did a lot of exercises that fill us with energy and vitality. Our dance instructor was very kind and taught us to dance in a very simple way, without any difficult stuff. This is why I loved our workshop and hope that the performance we prepared turned out marvelous.” Fares Tarek, participant, Egypt
“It was my first time taking part in this Rosatom School project, and I can say for sure that the Egyptian kids participating in it are happy. The camp is a great opportunity to get to know other cultures and meet kids from different nations. The camp also brings out the best in our kids – creativity, love and friendship. I like the fact that everyone wants to be at their best and I like the workshops where the kids can learn a number of different activities. I would like to thank the organisers, who are very professional in working with kids and are creating a wonderful atmosphere. Thank you Rosatom School and thank you Russia.” Sheriff Hassan Ghed, Team Lead, Egypt
“The first half of the camp shift was a lot of fun for the kids and adults. The kids happily attended all of the activities – the workshops and other events. However, during the second half, the kids were entrusted with a certain responsibility – they gained a deeper understanding of what it means to work in a team, how to be a leader, how to be more disciplined. I am delighted to see the kids in my delegation evolving as people. Previously, they only wanted to hang out with each other – now they understand how important and interesting it is to be friends with kids from other countries and different cultures. When discussing something among themselves, they only come up with one common idea, while interacting with kids from other countries helps stimulate their creativity.” Hamsa Sanin, Team Lead, Turkey
About “Rosatom School”: “Rosatom School” was launched in 2011 and unites 22 Russian cities as well as Rosatom partner countries. The goal of the project is to provide talented young people with cutting-edge educational opportunities regardless of their backgrounds or country of residence. Children from Egypt already previously participated in the “International Smart Holidays with the “Rosatom School”, including in the winter camp in the Central Russia town of Penza in February 2018.