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Planting the Seeds of Change: Examining the Role of a Civic Organization in Teaching Youth about citizenship in Post-Revolutionary Egypt

Waly, Salma (2015) Planting the Seeds of Change: Examining the Role of a Civic Organization in Teaching Youth about citizenship in Post-Revolutionary Egypt. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In the context of post-revolutionary Egypt, many civic organizations arose for the purpose of preparing youth to be citizens of a new Egypt. The role of such organizations in equipping youth with civic knowledge and skills remains to be unexplored. This study looks at one civic organization, Bokra, in Egypt after the Revolution. It aims to explore the civic discourses that the organization promotes through its annual summer school. It also aims to find out how the youth participants in the school perceived such discourses and how their understanding of citizenship changed in light of the socio-political change in Egypt. Multiple data sources such as document analysis, interviews, observation and video-recordings are used in order to provide a clear picture of how the school helps its students re-invent Egyptian citizenship. Findings from this study offer practical implications for educators, social science researchers and community organizers. A civic organization such as Bokra creates a democratic climate for youth to experience aspects of citizenship that are essential for active participation outside the classroom such as social responsibility and agency. It does not only help youth develop affective aspects of citizenship such as love, belongingness and loyalty to Egypt but also attempts to change youth mindset about civic engagement. The end goal of the school is to help youth utilize the skills they learn in the classroom to initiate projects to develop their local communities. The study highlights the potential role that civic organizations can play in promoting a form of citizenship suitable for a country in transition.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Waly, Salmasgm24@pitt.eduSGM24
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMyers,
Committee MemberDonato, Richarddonato@pitt.eduDONATO
Committee MemberGarman, Noreenngarman@pitt.eduNGARMAN
Committee MemberBamyeh, Mohammedmab205@pitt.eduMAB205
Date: 29 May 2015
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 31 March 2015
Approval Date: 29 May 2015
Submission Date: 28 April 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 160
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: citizenship education, curriculum analysis, international education, program evaluation
Date Deposited: 29 May 2015 17:30
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:28


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