Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2005
This description of Magdy Aziz's work was prepared when Magdy Aziz was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
Magdy Aziz is promoting gender equality in Egyptian society by teaching children about their rights and empowering them to exercise them. Starting in the city of Minya, he is working through the existing educational system to provide boys and girls alike a venue to express themselves freely while exploring gender-related themes, and helping them develop the skills and confidence to participate equally in school, and eventually community life. His “rights of the child” program includes parents, teachers, and education decision-makers as well, ensuring a cooperative and supportive learning process and laying the groundwork for long-term changes in social attitudes toward women inside and outside school walls.
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