Global Issues

Heliopolis Youth Culture

In view of HYC’s purpose, which is culture not inculcation, we have chosen rather than lecturing in the traditional classroom fashion, to follow the sequence of the novel Adventures in the Land of Astra. The novel is written for children and young adults by Amy Refaat, who spent much of her working life on international development projects, with organizations such as The World Bank. Based on her professional exposure and expertise, she tackles through the voice of youngsters a number of the challenges facing humanity from climate change, to refugee issues, to economic issues such as automation and its effect on unemployment…

Language: English
Age: 13+

For the evolving older members, will focus on the higher purpose, Charter structure and activities of the United Nations, which aim for a greater world order in a very difficult, transitional phase for humanity.

Language: English
Age: 16+ (Adults)

Phase 1

Our World is One

Instructor’s handy notes

In the weekly meetings the instructor will open a dialogue to discuss the main ideas in the chapter assigned during the previous week and he/she will have the opportunity to expand on some of them. In this way learning about global issues and feeling for those who suffer from the world’s most challenging problems becomes, to a certain degree emotively lived (that through heartfelt emotion), as opposed to gotten from the news, to which our reaction soon becomes to “block away”. In addition, the idea is to provide an alternative way of seeing the world and give youngsters the space to explore these global issues from a different perspective. The objective of the book and the discussions are to produce “change”.

As the novel is written in a language for children under fourteen, it is conceivable to have seventeen or eighteen year old students rotate as instructor to the discussion. This would mean that he/she have fathomed to a high degree the gravity of the world’s problem under discussion for the specific gathering, through the previous guidance of the teacher. Moreover it would create a doubly effective method of interaction between children and their young role models to appreciate the matters and become role models themselves.

It is to be remembered that HYC’s purpose is more specifically “emotive” culture, and the instructor will have the opportunity to guide the discussion in order to correspond with such goals, as opposed to a mere intellectual statement of fact.

The members will have access to sharing free copies of the novel in English, made available by the Program. Or, alternatively they can purchase their own copies directly from Amazon.

The 11 chapters of the book are discussed in 20 gatherings, and following are summary points to prompt discussion of the chapters and other elucidations.