How the UAE Is Buying Egypt

Fears from parents that the UAE was trying to shape the next generation of Egyptians through their textbooks were overblown. But the UAE may be able to shape a new Egyptian elite through schools

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Several weeks ago, there were reports in Egypt of complaints by citizens that much of their children’s school courses, including lessons on religion, history and geography, were based on curriculum accepted by the United Arab Emirates rather than by Egypt itself. Some of the parents pointed out factual errors or what they claimed was a “distortion of history,” which, they said, could mean that their children “don’t properly know their homeland.”

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