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The Future of Egypt is in Education

December 12, 2014
Children in Saint Catherine had the rare opportunity to build a snowman at school in December 2013

In present terms, stable democracies are also liberal democracies, both composed of certain key characteristics such as free elections, multiple political parties, sovereignty in law, and a deep-seated respect for civil and human rights. In this model, education has been widely considered the foundation that enables civic societies to thrive. Educating the masses pushes for active, knowledgeable participation in socio-political issues. Education and literacy, particularly an established standard of “civic education”, are fundamental to all stages of a society’s transition to democracy. The specific composition of such an education (that is the most efficient for a democracy) is continuously being debated. Nonetheless, education is one of the prerequisites to a shift to democracy that should be prioritised in Egyptian policy. When discussing Egypt, it is a common tendency to also think about the Middle East, which, geopolitically, is an accurate association. However, Egypt has been a forgotten African power for many years. Although its socioeconomic peak took place under president Gamal Abdel Nasser in the 1950s, it is still Africa’s 3rd largest country. Egypt has an influential and valuable capacity for leadership, and it is believed that they can aspire…

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