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Primary school students in Alexandria, Egypt, where a US-backed education reform project got started.
Primary school students in Alexandria, Egypt, where a US-backed education reform project got started. (Corbis Photo / Thomas Harwell) Corbis Photo / Thomas Harwell

Students for a democratic society

The US is quietly promoting democracy in Egypt by helping to reform the country’s primary schools and teaching young Egyptians to question authority

By Emily Flitter
April 3, 2005

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In the cramped, bare classroom at Dr. Mohamed Hafez Ghanem Primary School the nine planets in the solar system struggled one recent morning to perfect their elliptical orbits. The third graders holding paper cutouts of the planets didn't realize it, but their science class was also a lesson in democracy brought to them, in part, by the letters U, S, ... (Full article: 1290 words)

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