The event was held on 9th of March 2010, in the Grand Hall, Cairo university campus. It started about 6:15 pm and lasted for almost 2 and ½ hours, finishing by 8:30 pm.
The event was opened by the National Anthem of Egypt, then a word by the Cairo University dean, thanking the organizers and the sponsors of this unique event; followed by a brief word for the head of the rotary club; which had a large number of participants in this event.
“It was a long and dark night” that’s how Mr. Steven Covey started the lecture. He talked about the 7 habits for highly effective people and families, giving very interesting examples and illustrative videos from real life and his own personal experience.
He briefly highlighted the 7 habits for highly effective people as follows:
Be proactive; more than being active.
Begin with the end in mind.
Put first things first
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Sharpen the saw.
He then started with a small exercise asking everyone to close his eyes and point north, then everyone was to open his eyes; to find that everyone pointed in a different direction; this was to basically show that for one concept; many people would have different points of view and different definitions for one thing.
Then he defined the values and principals; which are very much different from each other. Values are the social morals, personal definitions, affected by mind and they are arguable, like behaviors, ones which may be thought by one person to be wrong and for another person they’d be fine. Principals are natural concepts, no one objects on their definition; such as the consequences of the behaviors.
He also pointed out that the people who take responsibility and initiative and follow it; they’d develop an internal capacity and ability to apply concepts 3, 4, 5.
He also mentioned some important points in a leader; which he defined as communicating with people’s world and potential, in a very clear way, that they’re inspired to see into themselves as, he also mentioned that leadership is not about control; it's more about how to use the available skills, minds and tools to keep your business working:
To understand first to be understood.
To find your voice so you can find others voice.
To affect someone, you first have to believe in yourself.
About that matter as well, there was a video which showed a school where the students are taught to become leaders in what they’re good at; because leadership is not restricted to ruling and politics; there were leader kids in science, music, art, sports and so on.
Next was a very interesting point; prioritizing your tasks, according to their urgency and importance. He also said that the time between your action and your response; is your quality time to decide how you should react to a certain situation with least consequences; (that time is a matter of seconds most of the time). Being self aware: that is to be able to stand outside your life and judge it. People now; want to talk to others who can fix their lives.
He mentioned an example of a leader, who became what he is only for believing in his case; and that he was never more than a citizen; that’s Mohandas Gandhi, and another leader who started his leadership in jail; that’s Nilsson Mandela
Two of the important quotes he mentioned were:
- “Anger is like acid; that can do more damage to the vessel in which it stands
than on anything on which it’s poured”
- “We don’t see the world as it is, we see the world as we are”
There are also laws for the most effective families such as teaching and modeling. There should also be constant communication between yourself and your parents, your children, hold regular weekend meeting that are attended by all family member, respect your family members’ opinions and appreciate them. An example of that when he had business trip with one of his daughters, in San Francisco, and Mr. Ronald Reagan had invited them for dinner. Mr. Covey apologized because he and his daughter had planned an outing that evening.
And eventually, the applause was high, greeting the legendary man, and thanking him for his time and experience.
Event info: Name: GUCMUN (German University in Cairo Model United Nations) Soft Openeing. Date: Wednesday 25th of November 2009. Time: 7:00PM to 9:30PM. Location: GUC Campus, New Cairo, Egypt. Honor Guests: Mr.Osama Saraya, Editor in Chief of Al-Ahram Newspaper, Dr. Ashraf Mansour, the Founder of the GUC and Mahmoud Abd-El Kader, the President of the GUC. Main Organizer: GUCMUN team.
An Overview: Magnology Magazine was invited to attend and cover GUCMUN Soft Opening which is one of the most important annual events in the GUC, which announce the beginning of the sessions and welcoming new delegates of the model, this is the second year for the first model in the GUC which have a great mission which is enhancing the Egyptian youth and providing a perfect political society inside the GUC.
The GUCMUNians are a group of enthusiastic youth insisting on making some real difference in their lives and their community.
What is GUCMUN? The GUCMUN is a model that simulates The United Nations, it asks a real fair question “What if you were delegated to represent your country in the United Nations?” beside "What do you know about the United Nations specialized agencies?" "What is the human rights you have?", these questions will be answered during the sessions where they simulate the sessions of the United Nations' Security Council and Human Rights Council, with the aim of increasing the awareness of current international affairs and enriching their life experiences generally.
The Opeing begins: Dr. Taha began the opening by his speech, he welcomed all the guests, thanked the GUCMUNians for their hard work and putting extra emphasis on the importance of supporting youth, giving their creativity the ability to explode and taking them beyond limits saying: “Everything in this day was completely done by GUCMUNians”.
While Dr. Ashraf Mansour talked about the safety measures taken by the administration of the GUC to ensure the safety of the students, also he pointed to the Algerian problem saying that some people have over reacted towards this situation! And that we should keep on the code of ethics.
Mr. Osama Saraya's speech was diverse, interesting and informative, starting by saying that he loves to go to the points of uniqueness, especially those of education and youth, it gives him some hope in a better future.
About the Algerian problem he said that the problem started when the Egyptian media started gathering people around one word “We will win!”, so, when we lost the match, the Egyptians were shocked and (some) people thought that means they lost their national dignity. He illustrated that this can never be true and that we should never be taken by this drift, also he pointed to the great role of the Egyptian media and its influence on the public in Egypt, showing that the media is a powerful weapon that should be used wisely.
Concerning the U.N topic, he said that it is expected, in the few following years, to see the U.N's role rising again and impacting the future of the world, where The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will act as a global Central Bank and the World Trade Organization (WTO) will act as a global Ministry of Commerce. Finally, he said that the world crisis won’t be solved till we put an end to the armed conflicts that aroused after 11/9/2001.
The GUCMUN documentary: Then, there was a documentary showing the team of the GUCMUN and their roles, the idea of the GUCMUN and why this idea is important to our community. After that, there was another short movie showing the Human rights, the most important one was Right N#30 “No one can take away your human rights”. The End of a successful night: Finally was the word of Omar Nounou, the head of the organizing committee, who re-emphasized on the goals of the GUCMUN and thanked the Administration of the GUC for enabling them to achieve their inspirations, he also thanked the GUCMUN's team for their sincere efforts, then he said a real great word, that even if it may seem that the high board is teaching the delegates new things, that isn't how it goes, but everyone will learn some new things from all the others and that's why the GUCMUN was founded!
At the end we just would like to thank all GUCMUN team for organizing this giant event, the GUC high board for supporting these enthusiastic youth and giving them the space to express themselves and all the guests who came to support this wonderful model and its team at their head Mr.Osama Saraya, Editor in Chief of Al-Ahram Newspaper, Dr. Ashraf Mansour, the Founder of the GUC and Mahmoud Abd-El Kader, the President of the GUC, wishing them success in their second year and to be the seed of a perfect political society in Egypt.
Event info: Name: First Lego League (FLL). Place:Elsawy culture wheel. Date: Saturday, 13 Feb. 2010. Time:from 6:00pm to 7:30 pm.
Main organizers: IEEE Gold and Elsawy Culture wheel. Announcer: Mr/ Hassan Elshehawy.
Guests: Dr/ Samir Shahein, the former Dean of faculty of Engineering Cairo University (IEEE), Eng. Mohamed Elsawy, founder of Elsawy culture wheel, Dr/ Hatem Zaghloul and others.
Judges of the contest: Eng. Mohamed Yousry, Eng. Bahaa Elbadry and others.
An over view: First Lego League (FLL) is a challenge that provides inspirational learning experience to celebrate science and technology for young youth 9 to 16 years old. FLL is an international contest launched in 1998, it is held in Egypt since 2005 and organized by IEEE. FLL believes that the natural curiosity and creativity inherent in children are qualities to understand complex problems, envision possibilities and develop innovative solutions. FLL empowers participants to use what they learn and combine it with the latest technology to bring the best inventions. Each team in FLL contains 3-10 contests and the coach, they compete at the entity level to come up with the top teams to compete for Egypt finals then the top teams will represent Egypt in the world finals in USA.
Magnology Magazine attended FLL’s activities before and covered it (http://magnology.net/events/events-fll.html) and this is the closing of FLL Cairo finals which was as follows: Event program: 1. Talent show : Many teams of the competitors made some shows, plays and movies to discuss some society problems and have fun. 2. Guests speeches: Dr/ Hatem Zaghloul: praised the competition, expressed his pleasure to attend this special event. Dr/ Hatem mentioned his experience and his own invention (OFDM), at the end of his speech he confirmed the importance of math and physics as they are the base of science and technology. Dr/ Samir Shahein: said that FLL is a part of IEEE, advised youth to take care of learning and Engineering and talked with them about some inventions and ways to learn and innovate ideas and projects.
3. Rewarding: Dr Samir Shahein gave the winners’ team their medals: 1. Robot design medal for team 10. 2. Robot performance medal for team 17. 3. Teamwork medal for team 18. 4. Project medal for team 13. And the Competition CUP award for team 17. There were also two awards for two teams which gave hard work despite lots of problems and difficulties during contest: 1- Smart team (Family team). 2- Robot stars team.
Finally, they declared teams which will participate in Egypt finals which will occur after Alexandria finals on (17 and 18 Feb. 2010): Team 18, team 17, team 16, team 14 and team 13.
The day was ended by congratulating the winner teams and by taking many photos for winners and guests.