CAIRO: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a library and cultural center in Alexandria, has launched a program to support creativity, cultural diversity and innovation in Egypt, funded with 1 million euros from the European Union, according to media reports Sunday.
The program will finance initiatives including art programs in classrooms to teach youth drawing, story writing, documentary filmmaking andgraphic design.
The 1 million euro agreement was signed between the head of the EU Delegation to Egypt James Moran, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrinadirector on April 19, Alwatan reported.
The program is scheduled to be executed for two years across the country, it reported. Reuters reported Moran as saying the program will boost and activate creativity and cultural diversity along with promoting local development and dialogue.
At her meeting with interim president Adly Mansour in April, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton confirmed the EU’s keenness to support Egypt in this period, following the events of June 30 and the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi.
Egypt is considered the first beneficiary of the EU’s aid to countries in the region for 2014, for its receiving of 558 million euros as a three-year grant to support reform operations in Egypt, according to a statement of the State Information Service.
Egypt also received 10 million euros in the same period for education in Egypt and development of infrastructure, it reported.