Montessori Egypt: Who is Marwa Rakha?
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Marwa Rakha was born in October 1974. She graduated the Faculty of Al-Alsun, majoring in English literature, in 1996.
Furthermore, Rakha has explored a variety of careers; marketing and public relations in the hospitality industry, teaching as a free-lance instructor at the school of continuing education within the American University in Cairo, and freelancing as a trainer with leading training and consulting institutions.
The Relationships & Dating Writer
Upon mustering her courage, by 2007, Rakha dropped the alias and began writing using her real name and identity for a variety of publications. In the same year, she made her first appearance as a “relationships and dating” writer in a weekly segment on OTV.
Egypt’s “agony aunt” continued to write about love, dating relationships, taboos, and social issues until recently.
Having the skills as a marketer, instructor, and writer, Marwa Rakha reinvented herself after she became a mother, and launched her new career as a Montessori educator and guide in Egypt. The “Montessori in Egypt” journey began in 2011 by devouring Dr. Maria Montessori’s books about the Secret of Childhood, the Discovery of the Child, the Absorbent Mind, and Dr. Montessori’s Handbook.
The Montessori Diplomas
In the years to come, Marwa Rakha studied with the North American Montessori Center and earned the following diplomas:
Infant/Toddler Montessori Diploma (0-3)
Early Childhood Montessori Diploma (3-6)
Lower Elementary Montessori Diploma (6-9)
Upper Elementary Montessori Diploma (9-12)
The Courses – Montessori Egypt
With the goal of sharing her knowledge, Montessori Egypt offers a plethora of educational articles for parents and teachers to help them create an experience-rich child-friendly environment, as well as online Montessori Courses:
The Support Group
As a homeschooler herself, in May 2020, Marwa Rakha started a paid support group for homeschoolers in Egypt and for those who are keen about learning the Montessori philosophy and child development from birth until the age of twelve.
The group currently has more than 150 videos to support parents during their journey.
The Montessori Egypt Sexual Education Course
Working with Love Matters Egypt has enriched Rakha’s knowledge of sexual health and sexual rights. Using that knowledge, she created an online course to guide parents in the sexual education journey of their children until the end of puberty.
In September 2023, the first interactive book about sexual education in Arabic was published as a web app, desktop app, and mobile app.
Followed by the first Montessori-inspired interactive sexual education book in English titled “Cabbage Patch Baby”
Bridge the Gap
Still hoping to support more parents and children, in July 2020, Marwa Rakha published a unique yet free product to help parents bond with their children and mend their relationship.
Translating into the noun “bridges”, “Josoor” is a set of cards that the parents print. Later on, they choose a card per week to implement with the child. Each card offers a simple and guided step to bridge the gap between parents and children.
Montessori Egypt: The Parenting Encyclopedia
In March 2023, Marwa Rakha issued a free online parenting encyclopedia: Montessori Egypt: The Parenting Encyclopedia.
Here is a list of the sections:
In May 2023, Rakha launched another free initiative – an education series about women’s health and well-being after 40.
Being peri-menopausal herself, she realized that this huge segment of women is marginalized. It is a though they no longer mattered once with were no longer of child-bearing age.
The initiative is in Arabic, but it could be translated into “Your well-being is all that matters, darling!”