Expansive New Kingdom tomb unveiled in Egypt’s Luxor

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Egyptian archaeologists work inside a newly-discovered tomb of Shedsu-Djehuty at the Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor's West Bank, 700 km south of Cairo, on April 18, 2019. (AFP)
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An Egyptian archaeologist works on a newly-discovered tomb of Shedsu-Djehuty at the Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor's West Bank, 700 km south of Cairo, on April 18, 2019. (AFP)
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An Egyptian archaeologist works on a newly-discovered tomb of Shedsu-Djehuty at the Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor's West Bank, 700 km south of Cairo, on April 18, 2019. (AFP)
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An Egyptian archaeologist works on a newly-discovered tomb of Shedsu-Djehuty at the Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor's West Bank, 700 km south of Cairo, on April 18, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 18 April 2019

Expansive New Kingdom tomb unveiled in Egypt’s Luxor

  • The tomb contains 18 entrance gates and is believed to have belonged to a nobleman named Shedsu-Djehuty

LUXOR: Archaeologists on Thursday unveiled an unusually large tomb on Luxor’s west bank dated to ancient Egypt’s 18th dynasty.
The 3,500-year-old, 450-square-meter (540-square-yard) tomb contains 18 entrance gates and is believed to have belonged to a nobleman named Shedsu-Djehuty.
The nobleman was the royal master of seals for ancient Egyptian kings of Upper and Lower Egypt, said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.
Egyptian workers started renovating the tomb upon its discovery in 2018, finding a huge yard, colorful floor tiles and wall paintings documenting activities including boat making and hunting.
The west bank of the River Nile at Luxor is home to the Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs and nobles of the New Kingdom were buried in tombs carved into the rock. The 18th dynasty was the first of the New Kingdom dynasties.
The tomb is the latest in a series unveiled by Egypt’s ministry of antiquities, which says more excavation teams have been working as security has improved in Egypt in recent years.
Egypt has been trying to attract tourists, an important source of foreign currency, since visitor numbers fell steeply after the country’s 2011 uprising.


Cairo turns to Tokyo for a lesson on education

Updated 23 August 2019

Cairo turns to Tokyo for a lesson on education

  • The Japanese education system is recognized as one of the top five worldwide

CAIRO: Egypt is seeking Japan’s help to improve its education system, which has fallen to 130th place in international rankings.

The Japanese education system is recognized as one of the top five worldwide, and Cairo is hoping to apply key aspects of Japan’s approach to the Egyptian curriculum.

Education has played a major role in transforming Japan from a feudal state receiving aid following World War II to a modern economic powerhouse. 

During a visit to Japan in 2016, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi discussed political and economic development with Japanese officials, and was also briefed on the Japanese education system.

The Egyptian leader visited Japanese schools and called on Japan to help Egypt introduce a similar system in its schools.  

As part of Egyptian-Japanese cooperation, Japan’s embassy established cultural cooperation as well as technical and professional education links between the two countries. Collaboration has been strengthened from kindergarten to post-university, with Japanese experts contributing in various education fields.

Japanese experts have held seminars in schools across the country, focusing on basic education. 

During one seminar, Japan highlighted the importance of enhancing education by playing games during kindergarten and primary school, encouraging children’s ability and desire to explore.  

Education expert Ola El-Hazeq told Arab News that the Japanese system focuses on developing students’ sense of collective worth and responsibility toward society. This starts with their surrounding environment by taking care of school buildings, educational equipment and school furniture, for example.

“Japanese schools are known for being clean,” El-Hazeq said. “The first thing that surprises a school visitor is finding sneakers placed neatly in a locker or on wooden shelves at the school entrance. Each sneaker has its owner’s name on it. This is a habit picked up at most primary and intermediate schools as well as in many high schools.”

Japanese students also clean their classrooms, collect leaves that have fallen in the playground and take out the garbage. In many cases, teachers join students to clean up schools and also public gardens and beaches during the summer holidays.

El-Hazeq added that neither the teachers nor the students find it beneath their dignity to carry out such chores.

The academic year in Japan continues for almost 11 months, different from most other countries, with the Japanese academic year starting on April 1 and ending on March 31 the following year.

Japan’s school days and hours are relatively longer in comparison with other countries. Usually the school day is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Teachers normally work until 5 p.m. but sometimes up to 7 p.m. Holidays are shorter than in other countries. Spring and winter holidays are no longer than 10 days, and the summer holiday ranges from 40 to 45 days.