Children’s Citizenship: Revolution and the Seeds of an Alternative Future in Egypt

This chapter explores citizenship values and political attitudes of Egyptian children during current revolutionary times. It draws on the new social studies of childhood as the theoretical framework from which to analyse Egyptian children’s status as citizens. It situates children, both pupils and street children, as social actors, and shows how they have participated in revolutionary movements, in street mobilizations, school initiatives, and group actions online. Finally, it speculates on contents of citizenship education which hold a marginal place in school programs and curricula despite governmental attempts to create an “education for democracy.” Even though educational institutions fail in its mission of teaching citizenship, children nevertheless prove a relevant citizenship awareness and political consciousness.   Author: Chiara Diana

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