E.G.C. English Girls College or El Nasr Chatby College

The acronym E.G.C. used to stand for English Girls College.

Before you start laughing and say what are boys doing in a girls' school, let me tell you some history.

History of E.G.C.

The English Girls College opened in October 1935. A person named Sir Henry Edward Barker was involved in its establishment, but to what extent is unknown to me at this point. The archives of the Barker family, linked above, must contain a lot of historical information about the E.G.C.

The original set of buildings were designed by the English architect Grey Warnum, and were inspired by the Spanish American Style of Architecture. Designed to hold a maximum of 1000 pupils, on an area of 20 feddans donated by the Alexandria governorate. They included a sports fields, a large Gymnasium, a full size swimming pool with changing rooms attached, Science laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and Biology, an Art room, a Domestic Science department and needle work section, an elegant dining room, a fine library and a great assembly hall fitted with a stage. The residence of the head mistress is a villa attached to the complex.

The Free Officers revolution of 1952 deposed the king, and established a military junta as rulers of Egypt. In 1956, they sacked the British staff, and the school became a state school, and renamed El Nasr Girl's College. It admitted some 4,000 students that year. The same fate was to become the other two English schools in Alexandria as well, namely, Victoria College (VC), and English Boys School (EBS).

In 1957, the exiled governors of the three English schools of Alexandria started work on compensation claims. Although some compensation was received from Egyptian funds held in London, there was clearly no hope of regaining possession of the three school properties in Alexandria. Various school Trusts were therefore set up as charities to use the income to promote and maintain the teaching of the English language and culture in the Middle East, especially in Alexandria. In 1972, the Victoria College and English Girls School Trusts amalgamated into the Alexandria Schools Trust, and were joined in 1980 by the British Boys School Trust. 

E.G.C. started out as a Girls only school, from Nursery (kindergarten) all the way to high school. It had a boarding section that was still in operation in the 1970s, where the daughters of diplomats and other busy people enrolled.

More info available at the E.G.C. web site History page.

After the British Era

The school went by various names, from the original English Girls' College, to El Nasr Girls' College in 1956, to El Nasr Chatby College (E.C.C) when it started admitting boys. "El Nasr" means "Victory" in Arabic, as was common to rename things in that post-revolution era. The name Chatby is the English rendering of the district that the school is in, and is named for a person الشاطبي who is buried there, originally from Jativa شاطبة in Muslim Spain (Andalus). Our uniforms had E.C.C. embroidered on them.

The school had some British staff well into the 1970s, with Mrs. Anne Khalafalla آن خلف الله the last native British headmistress to run the school. The head of primary section was (Mrs. Atteya عطية), another British lady married to an Egyptian. Everyone admired, respected and feared both of them. After her retirement, Mrs. Enaam El Dafrawi إنعام الدفراوي, an Egyptian, replaced her as a headmistress.

Even in those days, there were a few students who struggled with English, had bad pronounciation and comprehension, ...etc., but that was the exception, not the norm.

The E.G.C. Boys: Boys in a Girls' School

I do not know the exact date they started admitting boy. My eldest cousin started there around 1964, and he tells me that his class was not the first one to have boys. In any case, boys were only allowed till grade 3 Prep (equivalent to grade 9 in North America).

By the early 1990s, the school stopped taking in boys again, and became a purely girls' school once more.

The nasty brats from the nearby E.B.S or English Boys School (just down the road to the south), and the faraway V.C. or Victoria College would still make fun of us that we are in a Girls school, calling us sissies and such. The reputation was that the EBS and VC boys were really into bad things, from name calling, bad manners, to much worse. The EGC boys were much better mannered for sure.

Current State of Affairs

The teaching standards in E.G.C. declined drastically, and the quality of recent graduates is in question. A visitor who used to be a prefect in the early 1990s tells me that she used to take girls out of the line in the morning if they are wearing jewellery. A recent visit there there found that most girls wear make up, eye liner, long nails with nail polish and jewellery. Things that were unthinkable even in the early 1990s, and indicate a lack of discipline.

Weak management and an influx of young inexperienced teachers, along with the fact that the school is now government run contribute to this decline. So now, it is a school with English heritage, and nothing more.

E.G.C. Web site

Amirah, a visitor to my web site, kindly pointed out that EGC now has a web site at egcalex.com.

Satellite Photo of E.G.C

Here is a satellite photo of the E.G.C. in Alexandria, from Google Local web site. 

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Comments

What has happened to my country of birth??????

I was an ex-British (not English) Boys' School student, and prior to that at Victoria College, Victoria. I left my beautiful birth-land in 1963 and have only been back once - in 1986. Never again!!!!!

Victoria College did not appear to have had a coat of paint since I left it in 1950!!! BBS was locked shut and I could not even see my old school.

The Hilton Nile Cruise office building (Cairo) had the elevator shafts open and they were being used as garbage disposal shutes. To say nothing of the smell!!!!!

What's happened to the glory of Egypt?????

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What happened is what GAMAL ABD EL NASSER put in place! Go anywhere and you can see that once it was beautiful, even things built after his time in the 70's 80's, they build them BUT NO MAINTANANCE, NO FOLLOW UP...This is all the legacy of Nasser and his cronies!

and don't get me started on the women wearing garbage bags over their heads now *not veil, but nikab ie Burka*

Offensive

Your language is offensive to the sensibilities of others. Calling a nikab a garbage bag is unacceptable. Please keep your bigoted opinion to yourself.

Also, Burka and Niqab are different things. Learn the difference, which is mainly cultural and regional traditions, then spout your nonsense afterwards.
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Khalid Baheyeldin

victoria college was one of

victoria college was one of the best schools ever but now one of the worst , i really love it but cant c it damadging

English Mission College, Qubba (Heliopolis)

I have for some time without any success tried to find out the history and status of my old School Iwas there as were my sisters from 1941 to 1950.
I wouls dearly love to hear from anyone who was familiar with that School. Unlike the English School or Victoria College there is no Alumni

Many thanks

Phil Georges

English mission college-Qubba Heliopolis

Dear Phil,
Born in 1934, I was an E.M.C. Student as from Kinder garden and up to form 4.
I and many others were made to leave school at the end of the 1948 school year.
This was due to the new laws promulgated in Egypt at the time.
I really welcome your initiative to start an ex EMC students forum, or even
maybe and better still a website in which we can all contribute memories and
pictures of bygone years. I know that it is somewhat late in the day to start such
an enterprise and that probably not many of us are still around, and yet I think it
is indeed worth it, to leave a mark for posterity and for who maybe concerned.
Let me know if I can help, however I shall meanwhile try to find more EMC students
and recruit them to this effort.
Hoping to hear from you re all above
Sincerely
Leny Hakim

EGC not EMC

This site is about EGC, in Alexandria, not EMC in Heliopolis, Cairo.

omg i went to this

omg i went to this college!!!

I am a male gradute of EGC,

I am a male gradute of EGC, I spent the best years of my life there 1975-1986. I am now a doctor in the UK.

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