First student exchange with Germany

East Frisian tea ceremony for DSH students

A very special honor was bestowed upon our students who are currently on an exchange program in Emden, Germany: The eleven DSH students, together with their German hosts, were invited by the mayor of the city of Emden, Tim Kruithoff. In the “Rummel”, an event location for special occasions, the mayor received the students and teachers of the German School Hurghada and the Johannes-Althusius-Gymnasium in Emden. Principal Oliver Damm and some representatives from politics were also present. During an East Frisian tea ceremony, the participants exchanged ideas on the topic of sustainability.

During the two-week exchange program, the students from the two schools work together with students from the Emden-Leer University of Applied Sciences on the topic of “Sustainable living by the sea”. Emden-Leer University of Applied Sciences is the educational partner of DS Hurghada and conducts a lot of research in the field of sustainability and alternative energies. DS Hurghada is the first German school abroad to participate in the university’s project.

On June 10, the students from grades 9 and 11 flew to Germany. Together with students from the university Emden-Leer and pupils from the Johannes Althusius High School, the DSH students work on research projects related to sustainability. The idea for this exchange was born during the student advisory week with the University of Emden-Leer last April.

Our students are accommodated with host families of the students of the Johannes Althusius High School. Our students attend classes here and visit the University of Emden-Leer together with the German high school students to work on sustainability topics here. Among other things, a visit to a wind farm, the construction of a wind turbine and the building of a solar boat are planned. On weekends, the children will go on excursions with their host families. Among other things, a visit to museums in Bremen and a mudflat hike are on the agenda.

Cleanup as part of the sustainability project

In preparation for the sustainability project, the students of grades 9 and 11 organized a clean-up event in the Red Sea in cooperation with the organization HEPCA at the beginning of June. This action as well as our art week, in which garbage was recycled, are presented by the students at the University of Emden-Leer.

The exchange is sponsored by the Pedagogical Exchange Service of the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs Germany. A big thank you goes to the German Embassy in Cairo, which supported the DSH students for the exchange in the best possible way and provided them with visas very quickly. Without this effort, such an exchange program would not have been possible.