Heart to Heart Q&A with Ahmed Abdelhamid (CEO) of EduCav Group

What do you think is the biggest problem in education in the Middle East?

It is important to define whether we want higher education to be adaptable to the economy or to contribute to the development of society, including the economy.

The next problem with higher education is money. The economy in our country is at a very low level, almost nonexistent, higher education has no chance of qualifying. It is enough to start from who is financing science and make it clear to you. The science-teaching-innovation triangle is funded by the state budget, and the budget is filled by the manufacturing sector, that is, the economy. If we want to change something, we must change our mindset in the first place, because our collective way of thinking is not good, that’s why we are where we are.

Instead of fostering an entrepreneurial spirit among students and encouraging the emergence of micro and small businesses that would further develop and have the opportunity to boost the economy and, therefore, bring the education system to a better state, our country is stifling any innovation. We love the position of the opposition in everything.

Can the situation change and what are some things that every company or every business owner has to understand and change in the next three years?

It can change, but it can’t overnight, and it can’t unless the change is supported by the “first man” of the firm. Companies are already moving towards an iterative-incremental development of goals, in other words, strategic planning such that action and vision are in constant agreement. There should be no walls. This requires new roles, lightweight structures, and minimizing red tape.

What transformations does the company need to go through to become successful?

I think the need for agile transformation is recognized and genuinely wanted by most companies. Changes are often left on paper first because the scope of the transformation is not sufficient. Agile into two teams, or just the IT sector. Teams can remain non-agile, lack the necessary functionality, remain monolithic. Therefore, concerning agile implementation, I would rather divide the company into those with successful or unsuccessful ones. The rights stand out for the atmosphere, the climate. All successful ones look alike: high alignment, high autonomy. There are an accomplishment and self-actualization in the air. People are full of support, they hang out. They tackle stressful behaviors. And most of all, they love what they do.

What are the problems specific to education in the Middle East?

More than 12 million children in the Middle East are not educated despite efforts to improve education, the United Nations agency for children told UNICEF.

In many cases, families cannot afford the cost of schooling, including books and uniforms, or the loss of employment income for a child. Gender discrimination also remains a factor, where families do not see the need for girls to be educated and in most states marry them early.

What does your typical workday look like?

There is no typical workday. I belong to people who do multiple things at once. I’m a polymath. This means that Mondays will be different from Tuesdays, Tuesdays from Wednesday …, the day I work with a client from the day I teach or develop my methodology, I train. There may be typical jobs. Every day is somehow different and distinctive. In any case, I am active throughout the day and the week. I plan every day. Although it is difficult for me to adhere to the plan, I love the flow and if at all possible happy circumstances.

How do you motivate yourself?

My pragmatic persistent sincere visionaries are my inspiration. Then, a good book, usually about how the brain works. Every opportunity to fix a mistake brings new energy. The sun and nature. Goodness. Courage. I am inspired by achievement. I like to plan and set goals. Simply – I like to change the pictures in my head.

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