Active Citizens (in Arabic المواطنون الفاعلون) is a program run by the British Council, together with local partners who run social action projects fostering increased social responsibility. The program works in 30 countries around the world including Egypt, and it promotes community cohesion and improvement through civic engagement and volunteering. It builds leadership capacity of community leaders "Project's Facilitators", who can then influence their communities to achieve sustainable development. The program encourages cross-border exchanges among community leaders through online social networking and exchange visits. In Egypt, the British Council partnered with Etijah and ADEW to manage social action initiatives. Etijah has promoted social responsibility through increased youth volunteerism and has promoted income generation activities, for example by revitalizing the handmade carpet industry in Desya village of Fayoum governorate. ADEW's contribution to the Active Citizens Program has been focusing on community initiatives to improve access to health facilities, has conducted literacy classes, and has increased awareness to combat child labor in the Misr Al Qadima district of Cairo. Organizations which have concepts of projects that reflect the values of the Active Citizens Program can potentially find partnership opportunities in such program to be supported with training and seed funding. Learn more about how to partner with the British Council.