Teaching Egypt: Approaches and Resources

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  • Rebel by Arabian Knights featuring Lauryn Hill
  • Teaching Egypt: Approaches and Resources

    1. 1. Teaching Egypt: Approaches and Resources<br />Barbara Petzen, TeachMideast.org<br />
    2. 2. History as It Happens<br />Background Information<br />Demographics of Egypt<br />Economic Conditions and Political Structures in Egypt<br />Teaching Angles<br />Political Speech: Reading the Protests<br />Making Revolution on the International Scene/Screen<br />US Foreign Policy: Who are our allies, and how does Egypt affect those relationships?<br />Comparison of different media sources<br />
    3. 3. Demographics<br />Pop. 80,471,869 (July 2010 est., 16th in world)<br />0-14 years: 33% (male 13,308,407/female 12,711,900)<br />15-64 years: 62.7% (male 25,138,546/female 24,342,230)<br />65 years and over: 4.3% (male 1,546,774/female 1,818,778) (2010 est.)<br />Median age: 24<br />
    4. 4. Economy<br />Economic reforms since 90s liberalized economy to induce more foreign investment<br />Remittances from 2.7 million Egyptians abroad<br />Per capita GDP of $6,200 is 136th in the world<br />Gap between rich and poor growing, many allegations of corruption<br />44.4% in “poverty tunnel”—cannot or can just fulfill basic calorie needs, or add basic non-food expenses<br />10% unemployment, 87.2 percent of the unemployed are between the ages of 15 and 29, unemployment among college graduates 10 times higher than non-graduates<br />Food prices going up<br />
    5. 5. Communications<br />Landline telephones: 10.3 million<br />Cell phones: 55.4 million<br />Internet users 20.1 million<br />state-run TV operates 2 national and 6 regional terrestrial networks as well as a few satellite channels; about 20 private satellite channels and a large number of Arabic satellite channels<br />
    6. 6. Reading the Protest<br />The Choices Teaching with the News lesson’s collections of protest signs allow students to examine the signs protesters have made and carried to ask the who, why and how questions:<br />Life magazine’s Fiery Protest slideshow<br />Powerpoint of protest signs<br />There is also a collection of blogs from and about Egypt and Tunisia at globalvoicesonline.org<br />
    7. 7. Editorial Cartoons<br />
    8. 8. Editorial Cartoons<br />
    9. 9. Editorial Cartoons<br />
    10. 10. Editorial Cartoons<br />
    11. 11. Editorial Cartoons<br />
    12. 12. Editorial Cartoons<br />
    13. 13. Editorial Cartoons<br />
    14. 14. Editorial Cartoons<br />
    15. 15. Resources to Explore<br />Different Shades of Tahrir from al-Jazeera English http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/spotlight/anger-in-egypt/2011/02/20112811181499676.html<br />Choices’ Teaching with the News: Egypt’s Uprising http://www.choices.edu/resources/twtn_egypt.php<br />Editorial Cartoon collection from The Comics Journal’s The Hooded Utilitarian http://www.tcj.com/hoodedutilitarian/2011/02/editorial-cartoons-four-reactions-to-the-egyptian-protests/<br />Popular culture: Rebel by Arabian Nights f/Lauren Hill http://www.the9elements.com/2011/02/arabian-knights-f-lauryn-hill-rebel.html<br />
    16. 16. Exciting Stuff: Hip Hop from Tahrir<br />

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