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Schooling Sisi On Egypt's New Education Strategy

The country's proposed reforms don't consider the two elephants in the room, an expert warns: below-mimimum-wage teacher salaries and goals for graduates.

A Coranic school in Cairo, Egypt, in December 2007.
A Coranic school in Cairo, Egypt, in December 2007.

CAIRO — Egypt ranks No. 136 on a list of 181 United Nations countries in terms of quality of education, and an Egyptian education expert believes the country's recently announced education strategy will do little to change that.

The strategy, still in an early phase and released this week after a five-hour meeting between President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Education Minister Mahmoud Abul Nasr, covers various issues relating to students and teachers, to the curriculum, and to goals for the employment of future graduates.

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How Italy’s New Draconian Bill On Surrogacy Twists The Meaning Of "Women's Dignity"

Italy’s right-wing politicians are trying to ban surrogacy, as the Pope pushes parents to have children and feminists are divided on the issue. On such a complicated issue, hard thinking and nuance have been in short supply.

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After almost two decades away from Italy, I ended up moving back just after I found out I was pregnant in 2018.

We lived in a stone house among olive trees in the Umbrian countryside, just off a beautiful Medieval borgo called Montecastello di Vibio.

Even if I had tried, I could not have picked a better place for my pregnancy to be celebrated — and monitored publicly. With its aging dwellers slowly fading and younger families moving to the big cities, Montecastello was a perfect illustration of Italy’s falling fertility rates.

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