In a new step to achieve cultural equality between Egyptians and children, in particular, Egypt’s newly-appointed Minister of Culture Enas Abdel Dayem has launched a new initiative of Mobile Libraries that roam the streets of Cairo.
In an official statement, the Ministry of Culture said that the Mobile Libraries have cultural activities, books, artistic performances, workshops for handicrafts, painting, and drawing. Arts and culture competitions are also held between children and youth; winners of the competitions get collections of important and valuable books for free.
The new initiative started last week in al-Asmarat neighborhood in Mokattam. The library, however, will move on 8 February to Mansheyat Nasser, Abdel Dayem said, adding that the Mobile Library will return back to al-Asmarat neighborhood to achieve the maximum benefit. Abdel Dayem also added that these libraries will soon be all across Egyptian cities and governorates.
Mobile Libraries are a collaboration between the General Organization of Books And National Documents, headed by Dr. Ahmed Shawki , the General Organization of Cultural Palaces, headed by Dr. Ahmed Awwad, Misr al- Gadeeda Association, a civil society cultural institutions, represented by Mr. Fouad Hilmi, the Secretary-General.
The residents of al-Asmarat neighborhood welcomed the initiative and interacted with the activities of the Mobile Library, according to the statement.
The new initiative primarily focuses on underprivileged areas in order to achieve cultural equality between all children.