Tagged with Education

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Education Reform

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Education Reform

God, Egyptians have long lamented the state of their schools. Often overcrowded with teachers poorly trained. Private lessons necessary for tests perhaps manipulated. Rote memorization required in subjects not fitting the needs of the nation. The list is long. The school year is short. But with the help of the World Bank and a minister … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Starts and Fits

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Starts and Fits

God, It can be difficult to begin again. Promising signs give way to more trouble. Egypt is looking to rebuild after several hard years of revolution. Be with her. The president has launched a new administrative capital city to house government by the end of the decade. But will it end as previous efforts, Cairo … Continue reading

Copts in Egypt’s Textbooks

Copts in Egypt’s Textbooks

  There is a general understanding that Egypt’s Christians are marginalized in the educational curriculum. An additional idea is that this came during an Islamization period in the 1970s, or perhaps during Nasser’s presidency. A researcher examined this question and described them on Mada Masr. Here is his evaluation: Based on an analysis of Egyptian … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Reform

Friday Prayers for Egypt: More Reform

God, Two more price categories are now set for increase: Water, by up to 50%, and bus tickets, the same. Subsidies are being slashed across the board, and inflation is rising. The government has implemented procedures to help the poor, who are many. The economy is struggling, and has been imbalanced for a long time. … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Exam Leaks

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Exam Leaks

God, Small scale protests have erupted again, this time over education. Students are angry over the leaking of answers to the national high school exam, as well as the threatened postponement until tests can be reformulated. Both alleged leakers and demonstrators have been arrested, as several call for the resignation of the education minister. The … Continue reading

The Price to Sidestep Egyptian Education

The Price to Sidestep Egyptian Education

Cairoscene recently published a list of the seven most expensive schools in Egypt, with a picture of each. Here is the summary, with all figures in American dollars, per year: Cairo American College – $22,900 American International School in Egypt – $10,300 British International School in Cairo – $9,285 Modern English School – $8,855 El … Continue reading

Emma, Alone in a Class of Muslims

Emma, Alone in a Class of Muslims

Egyptian schools are known for large class sizes and a not-so-great student-teacher ratio. But our third-grade daughter, in one class at least, has a private lesson. Despite being in a class of 31 students, Emma studies religion one-on-one with the teacher. The Egyptian system separates Muslims and Christians for religious education, and Emma is the … Continue reading

The Educational Initiative of the Family House

The Educational Initiative of the Family House

Dr. Rasmy Abdel Malak is the head of the educational committee of the Egyptian Family House, an independent institution created by government decree. It is run by the grand sheikh of the Azhar in partnership with the pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church, involving Egypt’s other Christian denominations as well. The Family House is authorized … Continue reading

Searching for Youth to Save Education

Searching for Youth to Save Education

  Egypt has a youth problem. According to official statistics, 31 percent of the population is under the age of 14, and 24 percent of the population is between 18 and 29. Integrating them into the social and political fabric of society is expected to be challenging, especially given the raised expectations of the revolution. … Continue reading

The Face of Egypt’s Educational Flaws

The Face of Egypt’s Educational Flaws

From my recent article on Egypt Source: Education in Egypt has long been criticized, a fact recognized by the authors of the new constitution. Articles 19, 21, and 23 oblige the government to spend four percent of its gross national product on public education, two percent on higher education, and one percent on scientific research. … Continue reading

A Brotherhood Upbringing, Christian Compared

From EgyptSource, a personal testimony of growing up in the Muslim Brotherhood: The Guidance and Light School, in which I spent my third year of preparatory school after our return from Kuwait, was a Brotherhood school which my father helped establish. Since the 1980s, schooling and educational services had become a key aspect of Brotherhood … Continue reading

Textbook Study Debunks Myth of Palestinian Incitement

From the Monitor, exposing a oft-unquestioned assumption that Palestinian students are educated with hatred toward Jews: Three years in the making at a cost of $500,000, the U.S. State Department–funded report explores textbooks issued by the Israeli government, the Palestinian Authority (PA), and religious bodies. The research, overseen by Sami Adwan from Bethlehem University and … Continue reading

Bahais and Egyptian Education

From Egypt Independent: The education minister has repeated remarks that Bahais cannot enroll in public schools, saying it violates the Constitution. “The Constitution only recognizes the three Abrahamic religions,” Ibrahim Ghoneim told Akbar Al-Youm newspaper Saturday. “And as religion is a subject taught in schools, they do not meet the requirements for enrollment.” Ghoneim had … Continue reading

Too Much Homework

The middle of July is an odd time to be writing about too much homework, but our oldest, Emma, has just begun summer school and is having her first experience with homework. This all started because we missed getting Emma into the school we had chosen for her last year.  In Egypt, the schools follow … Continue reading

School Slogans

On my walk to work these days I pass a local school, whose walls are covered with brief slogans promoting morality, health, and other social virtues. This seems to be quite common, actually, and it is interesting to read the messages promoted by the administration. Here are a few pictures highlighting each phrase, with a … Continue reading