… is a freelance consultant, trainer and researcher based in Cairo, Egypt. Amr believes in the impact of youth work and the efficiency of non-formal learning thus he turned these into his main areas of speciality. He works with several local and international institutions in MENA and Europe on designing and delivering educational programs for young people 15 – 30 years old.
Amr has amaster in Education and Youth studies from the University of Hong Kong, and a certified practitioner in Adult Learning by Calgary University in Canada and recipient of Community Leadership Certificate from George Mason University in Washington D.C. in US. He supports the autonomy of young people and transformative powers in them, and the importance of youth work to activate that.
Explore the author’s contributions to the discourse on solidarity.
How to avoid being a white saviour?
In this episode, we are talking to Egyptian youth worker Amr Arafa, who wrote an article for the Europe Talks Solidarity series about the implications of putting “Solidarity” in the name of the European Solidarity Corps. With Amr we discuss the danger of hierarchies, the different layers of solidarity and the suggestions he has for young volunteers and the organisations that host them.
Educational approaches that critically look into global development share a paradigm of promoting the interconnectedness of global development by establishing cause-effect links in the lives of the people in countries with developed economies, and the people in countries with developing economies*. The learners in this process are encouraged to rethink their understanding of the global status quo and assess their individual actions in relation to it.