The challenges facing the Egyptian education system are numerous in quantity and wide in scope. Government spending fails to address the need; between 2013 and 2014, spending on education was only 4.1% of GDP. Investment in school facilities has not met the rapid population increase, leading to deteriorating buildings, archaic materials, and a deficit in teacher recruitment. The unfair pay of teachers has resulted in low quality lectures, creating a parallel system of private tutoring in which students are often coerced to partake in order to pass. Nightmarish cases of torture and sexual abuse often surface.

Madrasetna combines technology and social media via crowdsourcing to map incidents of violations in schools across Egypt in order to expose the violations happening within schools, empower groups through the reporting process itself, and ultimately help transform schools into safe spaces where relations are redefined. By mapping reports of these violations from students, parents, and...
The challenges facing the Egyptian education system are numerous in quantity and wide in scope. Government spending fails to address the need; between 2013 and 2014, spending on education was only 4.1% of GDP. Investment in school facilities has not met the rapid population increase, leading to deteriorating buildings, archaic materials, and a deficit in teacher recruitment. The unfair pay of teachers has resulted in low quality lectures, creating a parallel system of private tutoring in which students are often coerced to partake in order to pass. Nightmarish cases of torture and sexual abuse often surface.

Madrasetna combines technology and social media via crowdsourcing to map incidents of violations in schools across Egypt in order to expose the violations happening within schools, empower groups through the reporting process itself, and ultimately help transform schools into safe spaces where relations are redefined. By mapping reports of these violations from students, parents, and teachers, sent by SMS short code, through a reporting form on a website, Facebook, and Twitter, Madrasetna creates a crowd-sourced narrative, otherwise unavailable, of the violations happening within schools.

Violation entries will be reported based on the four guidelines defining the right to education: availability, accessibility, acceptability, adaptability of education. . For each entry, Madrasetna will delineate the individuals involved in the violation, the name and location of the school in question, a summary of the violation, relevant links and/or photos and/or videos, and typology. The entries will be made publicly available in a searchable database, albeit absent of identifying information for user safety and relative anonymity.

As such, data like this, otherwise completely unavailable, will be immensely useful to enable social actors, NGOs, and governmental entities to best structure educational remedies & appropriately react to the need of students and teachers alike. At the same time, Madrasetna will help direct victims who express interest to services that NGOs provide to address and resolve particular incidents.

Ultimately, Madrasetna transforms schools into safe spaces where relations are redefined, as opposed to institutions that reinforce existing relations of power and oppression.
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