SEKEM Austria is a non-profit association to promote the SEKEM impulse in Egypt and Austria. For many years SEKEM Austria and the RCE Graz-Styria have been working together successfully on projects and initiatives on education for sustainable development in a transnational context. Furthermore, the two organizations support each other by being official representatives in each other’s advisory boards.
SEKEM Austria’s goal is to present the idea of SEKEM to people and institutions through networks and to strengthen the “Coalition of World Peace” through dialogue between orient and occident. SEKEM (Ancient Egyptian meaning “vitality from the sun”) was founded in 1977 by the Egyptian pharmacologist and social entrepreneur Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish in order to bring about cultural renewal in Egypt on a sustainable basis. SEKEM’s mission is the development of the individual, society and environment through a holistic concept that integrates economic, societal and cultural life as well as ecology.
Located around 50 kilometers to the northeast of Cairo, SEKEM runs a biodynamic farm in a vast desert land and has also established a medical center as well as various training and education centers. The initiative produces as a social entrepreneur various organic foods, health products and textiles. The founder of SEKEM, Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish, was rewarded the Alternative Nobel Prize in 2003.
In 2012, SEKEM founded the Heliopolis University in Cairo with the vision to „strive for the sustainable development of individual consciousness, economic solidarity, social justice, and environmental balance in Egypt and the world“.