LYM in Marsa-Matrouh program
11 July 2010 - 18 September 2010

Field visits:

  1. Factory of Hand-made carpets:
    A 3-day visit has been organized for the youth in order to learn how to weave handmade carpets. Youth made small looms and started weaving their own carpets. Some of them have been motivated to start this project at their own homes as a small project. In this factory they also saw how the sheep wool is washed and treated to be transformed to fabric thread to be weaved for carpets production .
  2. Animal farms:
    A one-day visit was organized to the farm of animal grazing to know how the animals are fed, medically treated and the species that are used in hybridization in order to improve animal production.
  3. Packing of medicinal herbs such as (mint- thyme- rosemary) :
    A one-day visit was organized to the factory of packing medicinal herbs where the youth packed hundreds of boxes of these plants.
  4. Siwa oasis:
    A 2-day trip was organized to the oasis where the youth visited “Gabal el Mawtah, Siwa House, Cleopatra water spring, Abou Shrouf and Fetnase lakes and Shally mountain”. Then they had dinner in the desert with the Bedouins during which they learnt about their culture and folklore.
  5. Valleys of Marsa-Matrouh:
    Unfortunately, Marsa-Matrouh has been known by its beaches only despite the fact that it has hundred valleys with beautiful landscapes so the youth visited the valleys of Habes and Sanab.


Lectures with eminent speakers:

  1. Prof Hend Hanafy, President of Alexandria University, In her lecture she highlighted that university students should improve their language skills and attend soft skills program to build their capacity.
  2. Ambassador Fathy ElShazly, responsible of the removal of mines in Egypt, he explained the problem of mines in Egypt, especially with the lack of maps. In Egypt, there are thousands of hectares which suffer from the problem of mines. These mines represent an obstacle for the development of these hectares. He also discussed the new techniques used now for the removal of mines.
  3. Dr .Mohamed Deraz, head of Desert Research Labs in Egypt. Dr. Deraz explained that the desert constitutes the majority of the Egyptian land. He emphasized that we should work on the desert in a multi-disciplinarily way such as agriculture, infrastructure, industry, especially with the crisis of water scarcity that Egypt will face during coming years.
  4. General Kamal Abdelhamid, Advisor of Marsa Matrouh Governor for the Information Technology.
    He explained the importance of archiving information. Then, he explained what is meant by internet, its history and its applications.
    Governor of Marsa-Matrouh, General Ahmed Hussein, had attended the closing ceremony of the program and had highly appreciated this program specially the enthusiasm and the keenness of the youth.
  5. DR. Hamad Shoeib gave a session about Matrouh’s Culture.
  6. DR. Yehia Halim also visited the second group to encourage the students.