I had never come across the “Egyptian Geographic Society” before yesterday. It was mentioned to me by passing by someone who discovered my newfound interest in Sinai and rightly recommended I look it up to further my knowledge. Back home, I googled this Organization. And it is with great pride and nostalgia to discover through their official website that this Egyptian Non-Governmental Organization established in the late 19th century where it started as and is still a pioneer in its field.
Why nostalgia? Reading about this organization, and learning that it was founded by the Khedive Ismail, I could not help but wish I lived in that period of time when Egypt was a power status to be respected, in everything that it portrayed or endeavored. How many of us Egyptians nowadays are aware of this Organization? It is not due to a lack of education or interest in the Sinai Peninsula.
Overcoming this nostalgia, and consoling myself with the fact that now I am fortunate to be informed about this Organization, the feeling of pride is the only remaining emotion. Because I can read that the organization “worldwide, [it] holds the ninth position amongst the geographical societies of the world and is only superseded by some of the geographical societies in both North America and Europe.” (EGS official website)
As stated on their website, their “Present-day functions aim at: enhancing public awareness of Geography as a development- oriented discipline, initiating comprehensive field work in the different regions of Egypt, developing academic and research ties with similar societies in different countries through the exchange of publications and joint research activities, organizing local and regional meetings and exhibition... etc.”
(EGS official website)
This article is not an introduction to the EGS, as I will never do better than their website so extensively quoted here. It is an attempt to raise awareness to the wealth our country holds, with Academic and Scientific Organizations.
References used: Egyptian Geographic Society website, http://www.server2002.net/egs1/objective.html