The Children of Egypt

The Children of Egypt:
A Struggling Generation

"We reach backward to our parents and forward to our children and through their children to a future we will never see, but about which we need to care."
-Carl Jung

Egypt National Anthem

This web site is a part of the country profiles project for the Fall 1998 Freshman Writing Seminar at Tulane University, Children and Society, taught by Professor April Brayfield. The purpose of this project is to describe the effects of society on Egyptian children. The creators of this site are Nicole Friedman, Kristi Oppenheim, Tara Russel, and Erica Tennenbaum.

The millions of children in Egypt are constantly struggling to survive. Whether they reside in rural, desert, or metropolitan areas, all children are affected. The Egyptian children's poor status is a result of their location, overpopulation, poverty, education programs, labor, and healthcare system; however, notable changes are occurring to help the youth and future of Egypt.

-Contextual Overview-

The Arab Republic of Egypt, as shown on the map, is situated in the Northeast corner of Africa and is Southwest of Asia. Egypt is surrounded by Israel and the Mediterranean Sea. 75% of the nation is desert land and a mere 4% is cultivated along the Nile. In 1995, Egypts approximated population totaled 58 million, with 40% consisting of children. The newest constitution, written in September of 1971 declared Arabic the official language and Islam the state religion. A great deal of diversity exists in Egypt as well as numerous social problems that affect the children.

Statistics on Egypt
Population growth rate
Birth Rate
Fertility rate
Infant Mortality
Sex Ratio,
under 15yrs
Literacy rate
Age Structure
27.82 births/ 1,000 population
3.5 children born/ women
71 deaths/ 1,000 live births
1.04 males/ female

The different areas of children's lives in Egypt:

Education Health Overpopulation Child Labor Organizations People

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