British Council concludes 80th anniversary celebrations in City Stars Mall, Al Sawy Cultural Wheel

The British Council in Egypt concluded yesterday its three-day celebrations commemorating 80 years in Egypt, with cultural and educational activities at City Stars Mall, in Nasr City, and at Al Sawy Cultural Wheel, in Zamalek. The celebrations ended with a singing performance by Nadine Shah, the UK’s top independent artist.

At the City Stars Mall, a fun performance by “Oscarisma” and “Red Tomatoes” moved from the British Council’s teaching center on the 6th floor all the way to the main fountain area, where clown shows and story-telling activities took place. Through quizzes and competitions, parents and young adults learnt about the British Council’s English programmes and exam offerings, such as:

·             IELTS, the world’s most popular English test for higher education, which can be taken in Tanta, Alexandria, Ismailia, Damanhour, Luxor, Mansoura, Sohag, Assiut and Cairo

·             Cambridge checkpoint tests for children ages six to fifteen, that assess their academic development by providing an external international benchmark for their performance.

·             IGCSE exam boards, which can now be selected by students, to either be assessed by Cambridge, Pearson or Oxford

Every year, almost two million people around the world choose British Council to take their exams.

Simultaneously, El Sawy Cultural Wheel held

·             a talk around the opportunities for young people in the creative sector and how it can enable social enterprise, to deliver inclusive equitable development within local communities and new job opportunities for youth

·             a workshop by Taqaddam’s participants, the programme that teaches 14-15 year old students important life skills such as critical thinking, effective communications, public speaking, and planning, which help them discover their purpose and passion in life.

·             a performance by Famelabbers, who presented complicated scientific theories and concepts in a simple, fun and visually captivating way.

·             a debate by scouts from the Young Mediterranean Voices programme, who took turns arguing whether or not the illiterate should have the right to vote.

The 80th anniversary celebrations ended with “Untangled”, a theatre performance about the difficulties faced by young people in Egypt