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Egyptian revolution - Young activists

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Teacher script to introduce film - Egypt's young activists

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In January 2011 Egyptians took to the streets to protest at the way their country was being run.

President Hosni Mubarak had been in power for almost 30 years and people complained that he wasn't doing enough to reduce poverty and that corruption was rife.

After 18 days of protests, in which hundreds of people died and many more were injured, the President stepped down.

Young people played a pivotal role in the revolution. Many were involved in inspiring and organising the demonstrations.

Is it better to speak online or in person? Email your school's answer to

Asmaa Mahfouz is 26. In early January she posted two videos online urging Egyptians to take action against the repressive Mubarak regime. The videos went viral, and in response to her appeal, people gathered in Tahrir Square in central Cairo. These videos have been credited with sparking the demonstrations that led to the revolution.

Mohammed Abbas, also aged 26, is a leading member of the Revolution Youth Alliance. The Alliance represents five youth groups that led the protests. He spent 18 days in the square during the protests and helped organise the demonstrations.

In this video Asmaa and Mohammed tell their stories to Schools World Service shortly after Mubarak stepped down.


Young activists explain their role in the revolution. Dur 4,03

Discussion prompts

- Who was in power in Egypt at the start of 2011?

- Why do you think many Egyptians were unhappy?

- How did Asmaa inspire people to protest?

- What did she want them to do and why?

- What did she expect would happen when she posted the videos online? What did happen?

- What was the role of young people in the Egyptian revolution?

- What do you think are the big challenges facing Egypt post revolution?

- Have you been involved in protests? Do you think it's the right way to make your voice heard?

- Asmaa used the internet to motivate people to protest in Tahrir Square. Is it better to speak online or in person?

Assembly Question - Is it better to speak online or in person? Email your answer to

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