Wednesday, February 23, 2011

First Class

Class has been significantly delayed by the Revolution. First, all universities and schools were closed. Most primary and secondary schools remain closed. American University reopened on February 13, 2011. 

I taught my first class in nonprofit management last night. It was a lot of fun. I had about six students, all women. I expect that number to increase, since no one knew what room we were in last night. We talked a lot about what a nonprofit or nongovernmental organization is, or is not. We also discussed the probability that this "third sector" will likely explode in a new, more democratic environment where significant donor money is flowing in. Finally, we discussed which NGOs or organizations were most important in the Revolution. The names that came up were the April 6 movement,  and the Revolution Union, syndicates of doctors and lawyers, including the Arab Doctors Union.

March 3, 2011 Update
According to the students in my Nonprofit Management Class, here is a partial list of groups which  participated  in the Jan. 25th revolution in Egypt:

1. April 6 movement.
2. El- Baradie campaign (National Association for Change).
3. Muslim Brotherhood.
4. Doctors syndicate.
5. Pharmacist syndicate.
6. Judges.
7. Socialist Revolutionists.
8. Labor unions.
9. lawyers syndicate.
10. Arab doctors union.
11. Freedom and justice union.
12. Kefaya ( members participated, but were not self-identifying)
13. Liberal front.
14. Ghadd party.

My student Nashwa notes, "This is for sure in addition to the other huge diversity of ordinary Egyptian people, actors, journalists and others."


  1. Just curious to know which NGOs your class thought have played a role in the Egyptian revolution?

  2. My class had a little trouble coming up with names.

    The names that came up were the April 6 movement, and the Revolution Union, syndicates of doctors and lawyers, including the Arab Doctors Union.

  3. Dr. Warigia, you forgot Muslims' brotherhood :)
    They had a giant role in the revolution even-though I am not on their side !

  4. Dr. Warigia, I don't know why I had the feeling that you are keeping up your diary notes of each single moment you are experiencing in Egypt! It's great effort anyways ;)

  5. @nashwa. my diary is quite different. not so organized, and no so formal.

  6. I liked the first class and your comment on how it is important to listen to others which I think it's the problem of all Egyptians.

  7. have you got more details??

  8. @eman, not yet. but will keep working on it.