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12-year-old girl teaches neighbours during school closure in Egypt

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Reem El-Khouly, a 12-year-old girl from Egypt, started offering lessons to young students after schools shut down in the co

12-year-old girl from Egypt has inspired many after she started offering lessons to young students in a narrow village street in the northern Dakahlia province after schools shut down in the country due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Reem El-Khouly teaches about 30 children in Atmidah, about 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Cairo.

“I thought that instead of having them play in the street, I can teach them. I wake up in the morning, pray and I call them to start the classes. I teach them Arabic, mathematics, religion and English,” Reem El-Khouly told Reuters.

Reem started her classes initially with a notebook and was provided a blackboard and some chalk. Off late, a local company gave her a whiteboard and marker pens.

Reem’s students are really impressed with her. Mohamed Abdel Moneim, a nine-year-old, who attends her classes, told Reuters, “Once the schools were closed, Reem started teaching us so that we don’t forget what we learned at school. I love Miss Reem because I really understand Arabic, maths and English due to her teaching.”

Reem aspires to teach mathematics to students once she is older. “My mum didn’t encourage me in the beginning because my voice was loud, but she encouraged me when she saw how the students were interacting with me and benefiting, and told me I can do this as long as I like it,” she said.

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