Category Archives: Egypt Revolution

Egypt: So Just How Many are Really Illiterate?

Last week I had the good fortune of attending Coptic Orphans’ own Hanan Baky give a talk at the first-ever Global Summit on Childhood in Washington, DC. The summit drew 700, and was an impressive accomplishment of new director Diana Whitehead. I’ve written out the substance of Hanan’s talk based on my notes below.

There’s different data on just how many individuals are illiterate in Egypt. But cutting through to the real statistics is more difficult due to systemic problems with Egypt’s educational system.

There are currently three problems with the Egyptian educational system: the schools, the teachers and the curriculum. Continue reading

Alexandria and the Strength to Forgive

“I hope they burn in Hell!” The words came so naturally to Demiana’s school friends. They saw her constant pain when they came to see her in the hospital.

The Alexandria bombing on January 1, 2011 shattered Demiana’s leg and blew out her hearing.

I met Demiana several months later. Her mother was there, too. Unlike Demiana’s school friends, neither Demiana or her mother were bitter at all. Continue reading