Girls at the school gate in Medinet el-Fayoum, Egypt (photo: dpa)

Islamist President Mohamed Morsi faces literacy challenge in Egypt’s move to democracy

Egypt's newly-elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi faces many challenges as he leads his country into a new era of democracy. Not least among his immediate tasks will be to address Egypt's literacy rates and the lack of jobs for its many young people where youth unemployment runs at about 24 per cent.

THE ELECTION of Egypt's Mohamed Morsi is a momentous event - an Islamist president taking office in the Arab world by democratic means.

He is likely to be able to appoint a government and represent Egypt on the world stage as its dem...

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Dr. Pauline Dixon
Youth unemployment in the Middle East is almost four times that of adults. Estimates put it at more than 25 per cent in the Middle East and 24 per cent in North Africa. In Egypt it runs at 24-25 per cent.
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