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Poverty and illiteracy on the rise in Egypt: new study
Ahram Online, Tuesday 13 Sep 2011
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Poverty is on the rise in Egypt with the number of poor mounting to 21.6% in 2008/2009, a 2% jump from 2004 and 2005, according to a new study.

According to a study conducted by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, the vast number of poor were concentrated in the South of the country with as many as 43.7% of the population living under poverty line. However, urban areas had the lowest percentage with only 6.9% of their populations considered poor.

The study has also revealed that the percentage of illiteracy among poor families has increased to 41% as opposed to 24% in non-poor families. Additionally, 11% of members of non-poor families have university degrees, but only 2% of members of poor families have university qualifications.

The vast gap between the poor and non-poor in Egypt was also apparent in marriage, with 64% of members of non-poor families being married as compared to 57% in poor families.

The study also points out that the number of employed reached 53.5% among the non-poor and 48.7%  among poor Egyptians.



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Izhak Melzer
14-09-2011 09:23am
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The Real Problem
These isssues Egypt has to deal with.Attacking the Israeli Embassy or demonstrating against the Peace with Israel does not contribute to the solution of Egypt's problems.Cooperation with Israel can only benefit Egypt.Adopt a positive approach not a negative one.
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