We asked a group of young people in Cairo to take this question to people on the streets: “What advice would you give to the next generation of Egyptians?”
Here’s what people said:
Right now Egypt is in what some are calling the “post-revolution” phase. Yet our conversations with our colleagues in Cairo, as well as news stories and documentaries like The Square, suggest that there are still a lot of problems to be solved. Many people are dissatisfied with certain aspects of the revolution, or of life in Egypt today. We hoped that asking people about their advice for the next generation might allow them to express their hopes, reflections, and opinions without having to speak politically.
We were really impressed with the video that the Cairo group made. They recorded a wide range of perspectives, including a lot of interesting comments about thinking critically, getting an education, and not giving up. It was especially interesting to see how responses changed based on age, given that the revolution was primarily driven by young people. Thanks to Cairo for sharing your views with us!
The Cairo group, for their part, asked us to take this question to DC: “Do you think America is the best place to come to make a better life?” Check out our video response here.
These videos were made possible thanks to Eric Maddox and the Virtual Dinner Guest Project, “a movement aimed at creating a global cultural shift in the way people view their relationship to news media” and interpret the information around them. Check out some of these other VDGP videos:
- Little Rock, AR to Cairo: What makes Egyptians most proud of their culture?
- Cairo to Little Rock, AR: What would it take for the American people to revolt?
- Asheville, NC to Cairo: If you had the attention of everyone in America, just for a moment, what would you tell them?
- Cairo to Asheville, NC: If you had the attention of everyone in Egypt, just for a moment, what would you tell them?