Egypt - Cairo Education In-Sight Project
“I learned that I’m a child with value, but before I felt that only adults had value, so now I realise I have my own personality as part of the community”
(Egyptian young researcher)
How it began
In 2012, we worked in partnership with a grass-roots organisation called Children’s Cooperative to facilitate a young person-led research project. This explored refugee and Egyptian children’s experiences of education in Cairo.
This project engaged 45 young refugees and Egyptians in gathering information from over 700 peers, community members, teachers and professionals to improve understanding of the barriers that some children face in accessing and achieving in education.
The young researchers were living in Cairo and were from Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Iraq. They were trained in research methods and ethics and were supported by adult research assistants from those communities to conduct research on educational issues.
The young researchers interviewed their peers, parents, teachers, community members and representatives from organisations providing educational services. They participated in data analysis, made recommendations, and shared their findings through a report, film and presentations.