There is no doubt that President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s visit to Kazakhstan, South Korea, and Japan has opened doors to discussions about issues of education and health. South Korea had a unique experience in education that all countries wish to learn from. Egyptians, with their history and heritage, deserve to reclaim their true identity.
Although Egyptians carry it upon themselves to preserve their culture and heritage, most of them have nothing to do with their former ancestors. In fact Egyptian are destroying themselves and their civilisation, and sometimes they even sell it.
Yes, the truth is bitter but it remains true. There is systematic destruction of the Egyptian identity. This started at the setback in 1967, when not only the state’s identity was disfigured but also the Egyptian personality. Everyone was busy with their attrition war; the war to restore dignity, but falling prey for deadly neglect and severe underdevelopment in education, as well as deterioration in health and housing.
That is when informal settlements emerged and increased with the emergence of the old rent law during that period in the 1960s. Capital owners were reluctant to construct new buildings for fear from the committees that determined compulsory leases, which eventually led to a shortfall in the number of flats. So their prices increased and informal settlements continued to increase with all their disasters Egypt had suffered and will continue to suffer at least 30 years to come. The solution is that the court must set a plan, starting now until 2045, to eliminate these settlements and link modern Egyptians to their ancestors of the 7,000 year-old civilisation.
There is no doubt that there is a moral, educational, and health breakdown but we cannot build a homeland without civilised individuals who are willing to maintain this new country or otherwise they will easily demolish it for their lack of awareness of its value. Many do not have religious influences or even moral ones. States that managed to develop, such as Korea and Japan, had learned from the beginning that the true wealth lies within the “citizen” and thus real investment must be in health, education, housing, and everything related to investing in human capital.
The curricula in Japan, Korea, and China for example consider ethics and principles a feedstock. They have a special respect for traffic, hygiene, and behaviours in public. More attention has been given to these aspects in comparison to various sciences in schools, especially for children between the ages six to 15. There is special care given to building curricula that depend mainly on understanding rather than merely theoretical approaches that depend on memorising information.
Only with education and ethics can we be a respectful society respectful that respects traffic and the elderly; one where no one will be harassed and no one will be selfish. There must be a national project to restore humanity in schools and hospitals. Companies that are specialised in maintenance must be established to help improve the efficiency of workers at schools and hospitals. Suitable wages that suit the nature of effort and work given must be provided and penalties must be stipulated for those who violate rules.
Mr. President, Egyptian individuals need real building starting from now so the true Egyptian identity can be restored. May God protect Egypt and its people.