The name of the Association means "Egypt's Eyes". They are a group of Egyptian Young people, who participated in different activities within the Union of the High School in El-Montazah educational administration during the school year 99/2000. They agreed to achieve their main goals and fulfil their derams among the young people, which were the following:
- Spreading the voluntary work culture.
- Spreading the entrepreneurship culture.
- Spreading social peace principles and dialogue in addition to human rights in general.
When this short duration of time ended and the group moved to the university, Mostafa Abbas, Head of Gamal Abd El-Nasser Secondary Students Union, suggested forming student families (clans) under the name of Oyoun Masr within their colleges and universities maintaining the same goals, publications and banners.
This experience aroused the curiosity of many college students as it was a real desire to raise awareness inside the university and to occupy their leisure time in new, creative and positive methods.
Mostaf Abbas started his work within the Faculty of Law, Alexandria University in 2001, under the supervision of Prof. / Suleiman Abdel Moneim, former Secretary General of the Arab Thought Foundation and Dr .Magdy Shihab former Dean of the Faculty of Law.
The idea then spread inside other faculties such as; Fine Arts -Engineering –Science-Physical Education for Boys) in 2002 then to (Pharmacy -Agriculture – Social Service -Education ..... etc.). Moreover it extended outside the borders of the University of Alexandria in:
1-Faculty of Engineering Menouf Branch - Menoufia University.
2-Faculty of Engineering - Tanta University.
3-Faculty of Engineering- Shubra Branch - Zagazig University.
4-Higher Institutes of Social Service in Alexandria.
5-Higher Institutes of king Mariout Alexandria.
The student families' activities were characterized with hard and continuous work. This hard work led Dr. Ali Eddin Hilal, Minister of Youth at that time to describe those activities as remarkable, unique and unusual activities.He also advised them of the necessity to establish and form a Civil Association to sponsor these remarkable activities and to qualify them to be engaged within the university in order to serve all different groups of the Egyptian Society and the youth communities. As long as there is a big number of Oyoun Masr's Association youth wishing not to join or be part of the political parties which existed at that time before 25 January 2011.
Thanks to the diversity of experience, abilities and enthusiasm of these young people soon the dream became a reality. Oyoun Massr Association for cultural and social development has been announced under the number (1639) dated 27/04/2004- Directorate of Social Affairs in Alexandria. It was established with the self-efforts of a group of the young people not older than 20 at that time of establishment.
So it was necessary to convince a group of symbols and leaders of civil society, led by Alexandria first Board of Directors appointed by the young people for a year, according to inside rules, which have been formulated. A large group of leaders of Alexandria society has already convinced of the idea, all classes and intellectual current groups. The youth during the first year of the Association preferred to be in their positions to learn from the experiences of the members of the Board of Directors appointed and to take the administration of the Association after the first elections of the Council of the convening of the regular General Assembly of the Association of 17/10/2005.
The elections were held in a democratic and pleasant atmosphere. As Part of the members of the General Assembly's wish, a number of members continued to be members of the Former Appointed Board. Some members were honored to have the privilege of representing the youth in the Association's Board of Directors in order to be the real core of the new youth leaders of the civil society in the next stage. And at the same time they are the outcome of the time and the result of continuous hard work and they will continue to achieve their dream of a better future for Egypt and all Egyptians.
The financial resources obstacles are still one of the prominent problems that they face in the implementation of their programs and projects. They overcome these obstacles with the efforts of self and successful management in recruiting the best potentials and possibilities as much as they can. The evidence of the success of these attempts is to recruit possible potentials suitable for employment is the success of our projects, which is characterized with innovation, style, location and treatment.
The most prominent reasons which they summarize to describe this success is the ability of the recruitment department to change reality for the better with good organization and mutual love among people of one nation for the public interest. They also describe it as the belonging notion that some people question of its presence among the youth of today, despite the scarcity of opportunities in the absence of equal opportunities and lack of trust among the young people and the state, "Government Administration".
There is a huge responsibility on civil society locally, regionally and internationally to achieve sustainable development; as government alone cannot achieve such a sustainable and comprehensive development; especially after the 25th January revolution.
Developing the local and international society through youth empowerment in many development sectors by creative methods, places and processes, in addition to partnerships between governmental and non-governmental organizations in all levels.
A. Spreading the culture of voluntarily work and Human Rights protection among the individuals of society, through:
- Cultural and social awareness for the different sectors of the society, especially the youth.
- Discussing youth's problems and trying to find logical and practical solutions for them.
- Studying and establishing projects which aim at participating in Human Rights Programs in general.
B. Developing the skills of the youth, through:
- Encouraging cooperation between associations and foundations of civil society and the youth.
- Arranging training courses and youth exchange programs which aim at creating young, qualified and distinguished cadres in all fields, in cooperation with specialized centres and authorities.
- Promoting the culture of social peace & dialogue and renunciation of violence and armed conflicts among different and various social groups.
- Studying and establishing projects that aim at serving, developing the society and achieving sustainable development.
Fields of work
- Dialogue between cultures.
- Peace Building and Culture of Peace.
- Culture, Art and Heritage.
- Youth and Women Empowerment.
- Democracy, Gender and Human Rights.
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