Amid closures, virtual tours of Abu Simbel conducted for Egyptian high school students

In a new attempt to raise archaeological awareness while abiding by coronavirus precautionary measures, a number of virtual tours were conducted within Upper Egypt’s temples of Abu Simbel, Ramses II and Nefertari, for high school students.

The country’s education and tourism ministries brought the tours to schools located in Egypt’s Daqahliya, Damietta and Qalyubia governorates via an e-platform.

About 170 students enrolled in the schools participated in these tours from home.

The virtual tour inside the ancient Abu Simbel temple was presented by the archaeologist Ahmed Masoud, the chief inspector of Abu Simbel temples.

Director General of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities Abdel Moneim Saeed said that the tours are aimed at raising awareness of Egyptian history and culture, with the tourism ministry acting as an informal educational institution that plays a major role in Egyptian society. 

Egypt’s education and higher education ministries ordered schools and universities to switch back to online learning as of January 2 due to a surge in coronavirus cases.

In-person classes are expected to resume February 20.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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