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Last Updated: Monday, 20 September 2004, 13:46 GMT 14:46 UK
Egyptian women: Rana spoke to eight Egyptian girls about their everyday lives and hopes for a better future.

17, university student

22, unemployed

15, unemployed

16, student
20, unemployed

16, factory worker

18, university student

17, unemployed


My name is Rana and I am 16 years old.

I am in the second year of secondary school. I have two sisters, Menna is in the second grade in preparatory school and Mayar is five years old.

Rana studies a book at her desk
Rana hopes to be able to help other students
I want to speak about the final year in secondary school because it is distressing to us.

Students work hard all year round, but twisted exam question always take us by surprise.

We study for example old history and question papers are unexpectedly on contemporary events.

The final year in school is crucial because it paves the way to university. If the final average marks are not good enough, this will prevent us from joining the faculty we like.

We don't study at school courses we like, as we are taught the whole curriculum.

We should rather study the subjects that we are keen on, in order to excel in them.

When compelled to take courses we hate, we score poorly and consequently end up spending college years studying uninteresting subjects.

As a result, we will be going to college just for the sake of it and our dreams will never be fulfilled.

On the other hand, studying a much preferred subject is very enjoyable.

That's why I really wish they change the education system.

My dream for 2015 is to be in a position that enables me to help other people fulfilling their dreams.

I also wish to change school curricula and establish a system that will make it possible for students to take up subjects they like.



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