Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2012
Association for the Advancement of Education
This description of Yousry El Koumy's work was prepared when Yousry El Koumy was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
Yousry is creating a positive shift in the minds of Egyptian children and youth so that they become accepting of and tolerant towards each other. Yousry’s vision is to bring about cultural transformation and social change by engaging youth in promoting tolerance and acceptance of the other and through bridging the gaps between social, religious and ethnic divisions in Egyptian society. Yousry’s tolerance initiative is the first interactive classroom-based model where children and youth use the principles of the Universal Human Rights Declaration, relate them to their daily life, engage their families thus spreading them to the wider community and create local initiatives to put the principles into practice. Yousry’s idea is not only unique in content by using the Universal Human Rights Declaration principles but also unique in the methodology he follows which relies on involving parents, students and the community at large in implementing local initiatives.
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