AkzoNobel initiative helps renovate school in Egypt

AkzoNobel initiative helps to renovate school in Egypt

11:23 AM, 21st March 2017
AkzoNobel initiative helps to renovate school in Egypt
AkzoNobel supporting education of special needs children in Egypt.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel’s global Human Cities initiative has helped more than 200 children in Egypt’s 6th of October City from a major renovation of their school’s facilities.

The Human Cities initiative – everything AkzoNobel does for and with society – aims to help the world’s cities deliver a stronger sense of community purpose, pride and happiness. The program positively impacted the lives of more than 9 million people in 2016.

The youngsters, aged 6 to 12, attend the El-Tarbia El-Fikrya public school for special needs children. As well as undergoing a colourful transformation, the renovation included building a customised sensory development room, constructing a football field, repairing the basketball and volleyball courts, furnishing kindergarten classrooms and the adjoining playground, designing and constructing a theatre stage and landscaping the grounds.

A special ceremony was held to unveil the new-look school, which was attended by The Honourable Laurens Westhoff, the Ambassador of the Netherlands in Egypt. Other special guests included Joost Geijer, agricultural counsellor, economic department; Wafaa El- Khadrawy, community development manager,6th of October City educational administration; Rajiv Rajgopal, AkzoNobel regional director MEA; students, parents and teachers; and some of the AkzoNobel Egypt staff and volunteers who helped with the renovation.

AkzoNobel Egypt has a strong track record of organising Human Cities projects. For example, two years ago, the Ahmed Zewail public school – also in 6th of October City – was transformed after 25 of the company’s employees volunteered to begin a restoration which saw it become a safe, healthy and colourful place for more than 3,000 students to study and learn.

“AkzoNobel takes great pride in giving back to the community and we’re glad to have helped enrich the lives of the students at El-Tarbia EL-Fikrya,” said Hanni Radwan, business director for performance coatings in North Africa & Levant.

“It was inspiring to watch the response of the children when the new facilities were unveiled. They now have a range of additional activities that will support them in their development,” added Renieh Ibrahim Atta-Allah, manager of the school.

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