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The Family Park (FP) offers children, families and educators an incredible collection of educational centers, workshops and activities. Initiated by the Heliopolis Association, the mission of FP is to provide the people of Egypt a facility wherein education and entertainment are blended into one experience: edutainment. The BA Planetarium Science Center (PSC) will be directing three learning centers: the Discovery Center and Five Senses Area-- where children experience firsthand the excitement of scientific research and discovery, the Artistic Workshops Center-- where children will be able to explore the world of art utilizing a variety of artistic mediums, and the Wonders of Technology Center --where children will be able to participate in workshops and experiences that are designed to help them communicate through art and bring their creative ideas to life. Each center features hands-on learning experiences designed for elementary through university-level students.
This project is designed to enable children to relate to both printed and digital information, an essential requirement to cope with the rapid technological leaps of today. The project teaches children that written words can be transformed from digital format to printed format and then to a bound book and vice-versa. A collection of well selected Arabic books for children is published online. Children can find books in various fields including literature, technology, history, geography, religion and science. They will benefit by reading the book on one hand and getting familiar with using computer applications on the other hand. It is like having a library of about 200 books at home .
By organizing lectures and educational courses in the BA, the Calligraphy Center has contributed to fostering dialogue and understanding between Egyptian civilization and others around the world. The Center, in cooperation with the Children’s and Young People’s Libraries, also organizes Hieroglyphics courses for children. The courses are designed to foster the value of learning about the ancient Egyptian civilization, and to promote archeological awareness among children through the study of the ancient Egyptian language and related topics suitable for their age. Enrolled students were highly motivated and eager to learn hieroglyphics. Many of them came up with creative artworks and handicrafts using colors, carton, clay, and macaroni. Some students demonstrated remarkable acumen in painting and coloring, and showed proficiency in pursuing independent data gathering through simple research in books and on the Internet.
Given the substantial cuts in the budgets of the arts educational curricula in schools at the different levels of education, the Arts Center has selected children and adolescents as its focal point. The Arts Center, through its two units “Arts School” and “Child and Adolescent Creative Unit”, nurtures and honors the artist in every child. The Arts School offers a wide variety of artistic activities such as ballet, youth and amateur orchestra, children’s choir, piano, violin, voice training, guitar, drums, painting, yoga, acting and photography. The Arts School concerts, exhibitions and shows provide an extraordinary opportunity for children to explore their talents, develop confidence and work cooperatively together while having fun! The Child and Adolescent Creative Unit launched its activities in June 2007 targeting children and young people aged 5 to 17. The Unit is concerned with the development of children’s interests and natural talents through the practice of arts in various fields: sculpture, painting, printing, mosaic, puppet making, photography, storytelling, graphic design and oriental music.
The Documentation of the Ministry of Awqaf Drawings
This is an ongoing joint project between the BA Alexandria and Mediterranean Research Center (Alex Med) and the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments). The main objective is to document and classify the information from a collection of about 450 drawings and plates from the Ministry of Awqaf. These drawings, which are of m...
For the past five years, the Egyptian Center for the Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CultNat) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), together with IBM, have been working to bring the awe-inspiring experience of Egypt to the world through a project known as ‘Eternal Egypt.’ It represents a...
Digital Manuscript Library
The publication of digital manuscript sets comes in conformity with the BA's mission to adopt modern digital technologies. The Digital Manuscript Library project aims at publishing the manuscript treasures of Arabic heritage in digital form. The year 2007 witnessed the release of the fifth and sixth sets of the Digital Man...
Access to Knowledge (A2K)
In fulfillment of its mission as a center of excellence for the dissemination of knowledge and for dialogue, learning and understanding between cultures and people, the BA has developed a growing interest in issues relating to access to knowledge (A2K), promotion of innovation and creativity, and intellectual property (IP)...
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a global project to bring together, on infinitely expandable web pages, information about all of the approximately 1.9 million species of plants, animals and microorganisms on Earth. As a collaborative effort of tens of thousands of people with expertise around the world, the EOL project a...
The webcast service provides live
and archived access to all the conferences, lectures and presentations taking place
at the BA.
is a system developed at the BA, to create, reserve, and maintain the Library's
digital books and collections.