Egypt holds a unique place among developing countries due to its longstanding commitment to gather information on the numbers and well-being of its population. But until now, there has never been a systematic effort to gather data on the group of young Egyptians poised between childhood and adulthood—its adolescents. Today, Egypt has the largest cohort of adolescents in its history, more than 13 million boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 19 according to its 1996 census. Their experiences during the transition to adulthood will profoundly affect how the nation makes its transition into the next century. This research report contains the early findings of a nationally representative survey of 9,000 adolescents aged 10-19 and their parents, conducted in 1997, and aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the contemporary situation of Egypt’s young people. The report attempts to achieve a fuller understanding of the major developmental “tasks” each adolescent undertakes as he or she moves toward the roles and responsibilities of adulthood, as well as household perspectives on the services and institutions available in Egypt to support those transitions.
El Tawila, Sahar, Omaima El-Gibaly, Barbara L. Ibrahim, Fikrat El Sahn, Sunny Sallam, Susan M. Lee, Barbara Mensch, Hind Wassef, Sarah Bukhari, and Osman Galal. 1999. "Transitions to Adulthood: A National Survey of Adolescents in Egypt [1st edition, in Arabic]." Cairo: Population Council.
Survey of Young People in Egypt