Takatof Association for Development works on enhancing the quality of life and empowering the underprivileged people living in poor and deprived areas through projects and programs that achieve sustainable development.
Renovating the dilapidated schools and upgrading health centers, in addition to conducting awareness and self-development programs are among the association’s major projects. Takatof works in partnership with civil society organizations and both the private and public sectors.
So far, it has renovated 23 schools in different governorates like Cairo, Giza, Suez and Beni Suef, where schools such as El Demerdash Primary School and El Manial Preparatory School for Girls won the “Best School” award in Cairo. In addition, El Agouza Preparatory School that has won the “Cleanest School” award in Giza.
Schools Upgrade Project
Takatof renovates schools using a unique philosophy and deep understanding of child psychology, taking into consideration the school’s impact on children. This concept includes creating a friendly environment for kids by choosing cheerful colors for walls and furniture while ensuring sufficient lighting in classrooms and greenery in open areas, as well as making sure that activity rooms are available in order to help boost children’s creative skills. The association also aims at upgrading media, computer and science labs.
To promote safety, Takatof uses acrylic windowpanes instead of glass, establishes fire extinguishing networks and secures the schools from looting by providing required security methods. They also provide a healthier environment for students by renovating restrooms and ensuring adequate ventilation in classrooms.
Takatof gives special attention to kindergarten by restructuring, if possible, available space to ensure ease of movement for the children, in addition to providing the educational tools and entertainment units needed.
Saft El Sharkeya Preparatory School, Beni Suef
Takatof developed Saft El Sharkeya Preparatory School in four and a half months with a total cost of EGP3 million, of which AlexBank funded 85%. The total fund covered the physical upgrade, furnishings, supplies, and ongoing human development programs and services which include a teachers’ capacity building program and the formation of a 43 mixed choir trained by Takatof’s music teachers. This brings the number of schools upgraded by the association in Beni Suef to three.
The school was comprised of three buildings and was divided into separate boys and girls sections. After the upgrade, the school has now become one mixed school with a shared administration.
As a result of a needs’ assessment, Takatof was able to not only redistribute the space available in the school, but also create a music room, an art education room, a physical education hall and a radio and press room, in addition to new classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, teachers’ rooms, a canteen and a mosque, among many others. They also upgraded and increased the number of restrooms.
The association was also able to upgrade and transform one classroom to adhere to the Special Needs’ Code; this in addition to the special needs’ restrooms.
The upgrade also included leveling the playground, rebuilding and reinforcing the corridors’ railings to ensure the students’ safety, reconstructing the dilapidated school walls and equipping the playground with necessary sports’ needs.
As Takatof believes in comprehensive development along with structural development and renovation, and as a result of the needs’ assessment carried out by the association, the “How to Deal with Adolescents” teachers and school administration’s capacity building program was implemented.
Takatof aims to establish many programs with the new school year like awareness programs to help the students maintain the school’s new conditions, as well as life skills and ethics programs, entertainment programs and camps, medical and ophthalmological outreaches for students and teachers as well as the monitoring and evaluation of the “How to Deal with Adolescents” program.