Viva La Revolucion!


            Some countries have a huge percentage of their population under the age of twenty nine. Other countries, the majority of their younger population is of lower-income or social status (the latter being much more sad and unfair).

            What’s interesting and, somewhat, unfortunate about Upper Egypt’s youth culture is it incorporates both of these actualities. Over sixty percent of Upper Egypt’s youth is between the ages of fifteen to twenty nine years of age and will continue to grow over the next decade; nearly thirty percent of Egypt’s population in under the age of twenty-nine. This is, nevertheless, a clear opportunity for higher proportions of productivity, innovation, and consumption; however, with the overall high unemployment rates, it is evident the county has yet to benefit from it. 

            In spite of the major socio-economic gap between the rich minority and the poor majority, Egyptians took the streets by storm and demanded the then President Hosni Mubarak and his government to be removed, a couple of years ago. This revolt was a result of years of frustration over poverty and exclusion from social, economic, and political opportunity.


            Youth played a leading, central role in the revolution demanding political change. Across all of Egypt, youth initiated organization to protect their societies and break down the very system that has them feeling invisible and politically minimal. However, despite the increasing cynicism towards their government, Egypt’s youth still relies heavily on its central regime to solve social and economic problems. Surpassing this notion of dependency is the most important task Egypt faces today, particularly for its next generation that has been longing for it for so long. The youth of Egypt has clearly stated their presence in society and expressed their aspirations for higher engagement; it is now up to Egyptian society to respond.  





One thought on “Viva La Revolucion!

  1. indeed the arab spring is an amazing example of youth power mobilized by social media. i have a couple of egyptian friends who work here and have been cognizant of their families struggles back home.

    its good you are playing around with videos. there is a way to set it up to be played directly from your blog so play around with the settings. dont forget to cite source and put in a disclaimer of no copyright infringement intent.

    Keeping in line with this blog entry requirements, what is the position of the youth culture within the country’s general culture? how are the youth perceived by others in society? are they able to find satisfactory employment? are they happy and productive? see if you can find employment facts to add to this entry.

    i would like to see improvements based on my comments in the earlier posts down the line.

    good luck!

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