Network member Dr. Sahar Daoud conducted a session on Positive Parenting at Al Alamein during the closing ceremony of the “Dawy” National Initiative to Empower the Egyptian Child organized by NCCM. The session focused on integrating the gender, acceptance and diversity, and disabilities component.
Distinguished guests included ministers, officials, and experts. Notable attendees encompassed Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Health and Population; Dr. Reda Hegazy, Minister of Education and Technical Education; Dr. Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Youth and Sports; Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity, among others. Dr. Nevin Othman, Secretary General of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, and Major General Khaled Shuaib, Governor of Matrouh, were also present.
Mrs. Intisar Al-Sisi delivered a recorded speech, emphasizing that Egyptian girls are the leaders and pioneers of the nation’s future. She underscored the paramount importance of investing in them to build a brighter tomorrow.
During the event, a play centered around bullying was performed. The cast included both girls and boys, portraying a group of children. The play adeptly depicted various forms of bullying, including physical aggression such as hitting, verbal abuse encompassing name-calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, and racist remarks. Additionally, the play shed light on the insidious realm of cyberbullying, showcasing hurtful texts, emails, posts, images, videos, and malicious gossip or rumors. A particularly impactful aspect was the portrayal of bullying targeted at children with special needs.
Dr. Daoud provided insightful commentary on the play’s themes. She underscored the grave psychological and emotional repercussions that bullying can inflict upon children, with children having special needs being particularly susceptible. Dr. Daoud expounded that this vulnerability can lead to their exclusion from the community, thereby diminishing their chances of inclusion. She eloquently highlighted that the consequences of bullying extend beyond its immediate impact, encompassing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, poor academic performance, and the erosion of societal cohesion.