Tawasol combines education with vocational training and the performing arts in an integrated approach to community education and development.
Tawasol provides free education to children who never attended school due to their families' social and economic conditions. Tawasol has currently 192 enrolled students who range in age between 8 and 20 years old and they all receive a high quality, integrated curriculum certified by the Egyptian Ministry of Education, where they attend regular classes in addition to learning a craft all year round.
In order to accommodate more students and better serve the community, Tawasol was able to acquire a plot of land in Ezzbet Khairallah with the generous support of several donors, foundations and individuals to build its new community school. The new school opened in December 2020 and can accommodate up to 500 students including children with special needs from the neighboring areas.
The new Tawasol school includes a multisports playground, a 150-seat theatre, cafeteria with a state of the art kitchen, a school library, an art room, a computer lab in addition to 12 classes, 13 workshops, and a showroom for Tawasol’s products. There is also a community health care clinic. Moreover, Tawasol’s new school is respecting the environment with solar panels and a green rooftop. In order to guarantee that the students won't drop out from school, each student receives a weekly allowance.
To date, 91 students graduated from Tawasol (from 2013 to 2020) and completed the elementary cycle; of which 40 students continued in middle public schools and have outstanding results. Moreover, many of Tawasol’s graduates come back to the school to help out with activities for their younger peers.
The Vocational Training Center consists of teaching Tawasol’s students an employable skill as well as an income generating activity while reviving Egyptian craftsmanship and handicrafts. In an apprenticeship setting, each workshop is led by a professional master craftsman/woman who passes on the craft to the students. Tawasol crafts include: woodwork, embroidery, crochet, sewing, metal work (copper and silver), epoxy resin in addition to traditional crafts such as Kheyameya and Sohagi embroidery. Tawasol products range from decorative to functional pieces as well as accessories and clothing.
There are 123 students in the vocational training center in addition to 51 women and six young persons from the neighboring slums.
In 2012, Tawasol launched its performing arts program in order to have a creative outlet for its students and develop their talents. Professional artists and musicians train Tawasol students on theatre, choir, Egyptian folklore, and circus arts. Students are also involved in the set and costume design as well as all of the production aspects. Over 160 students are involved in Tawasol’s performing arts program. The performances combine all of the talents representing all the richness of the Egyptian identity. Students have performed three big shows to date in different venues: El Leila El Kebira, Ramadan from the Old Days, and Hathour in the Dabakhana, and were featured on National TV. With the new 150-seat theater, Tawasol students will be able to perform its shows to the community at large as well as receive guest performers.
Given the poor state of available health services and upon the request of the community, Tawasol extended its community outreach by providing affordable quality health services (check-ups and treatments) through its clinic in addition to supporting major medical procedures and operations for the needy through its network of partner hospitals and benevolent doctors. Tawasol students benefit from free weekly medical check-ups and receive needed treatment at no cost. Tawasol staff get to pay 50% of the cost of health services. The community residents have access to the clinic four days a week for a nominal visitation fee and benefit from a 50% subsidy on treatment. For medical procedures, Tawasol studies each case in order to carefully assess the funding needs for each patient. Tawasol is repurposing the old building to be used as a communitycenter to include the health care center with several clinics for the wider community.
With your generous support, Tawasol can continue to serve the community and transform lives. With all the services provided above and the operational costs to keep the school running, each Tawasol student costs around 2500 EGP per month.