After the youth led revolution that ousted Mubarak, Internews started working with students to teach them practical journalism – using newspaper, radio, TV, and new media to identify and address salient community issues.  Internews’ pioneering “Future Leaders” program works with young Egyptians to increase their use of social and new media tools for effecting change, and to provide students with the necessary skills and confidence to use multimedia as a platform to share community issues, stories, discuss tolerance, tackle problems, and find solutions.

Having relationships with five universities across Egypt and active partnerships with NGOs in five governorates, Internews is able to work with youth in key areas of the country at a critical juncture in Egypt’s history.  This network and reach has the potential to bring the voices and perspective of youth into the public dialogue on issues such as the constitutional process, elections, gender based violence, unemployment, tourism, and religious tolerance. 

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  • Youth in Egypt Strive to Clean up Their Environment

    Garbage strewn outside the school building
    Friday, January 31, 2014

    Cleaning up the Garbage

    El Serra El Hasnaa Middle School for Girls in the governorate of Giza in Upper Egypt had been dealing with unsanitary conditions for several years. Residents and fish vendors had been dumping garbage in front of the school, which caused an unhealthy environment. The fish vendors wash the fish and dispose the waste along with the accumulating garbage.

    The stench and garbage attracted flies all around the school. To make things worse, garbage workers would pile up waste near the school that had been collected from other areas.

  • A Young Egyptian Girl Helps Guarantee Children’s Rights in New Constitution

    Egyptian girl speaks at a microphone
    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Eager to learn more about documentary filming and production, Zahara Mohamed, a 14-year-old student at the Giza Middle School for Girls, joined Internews’ Future Leaders project in Egypt. Her enthusiasm and passion for citizenship principles and social initiatives led her to be chosen to continue as a trainee during the second stage of the project.

    Zahara received intensive training on citizenship principles which included the guiding principles of the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child. This topic, which helped Zahara understand her rights and responsibilities as a citizen, especially sparked her interest.