12-year-old Egyptian student becomes the teacher

This 12-year-old student has become a teacher to children in her village.

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 12 YEAR-OLD GIRL TEACHING CHILDREN IN VILLAGE, REEM EL-KHOULY, SAYING:

"My name is Reem Khairy Ahmed Mahmoud El-Khouly, I'm 12. I'm in grade seven. I like to teach the neighbor's children because schools are closed."

Once schools in Egypt’s northern Dakahlia province shut down due to the pandemic, children would pass time playing in the streets.

With a little support, Khouly decided that she could become their teacher.

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 12 YEAR-OLD GIRL TEACHING CHILDREN IN VILLAGE, REEM EL-KHOULY, SAYING:

"There was a company that supported me and brought a white board and markers and I started to teach them from noon to afternoon. I wake up in the morning, pray and I call them to start the classes and I teach them Arabic, math, religion and English."

Now up to 30 kids gather for lessons every day.

Khouly hopes to work as a math teacher when she is older.

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 9 YEAR-OLD STUDENT LEARNING IN KHOULY'S CLASSES, MOHAMMED ABDEL MONIEM, SAYING:

"After schools closed, Reem started teaching us so that we don't forget what we learned at school and I love Ms. Reem because I really understand Arabic, math and English thanks to her teaching."

Video Transcript

CHILDREN (ALL): [SINGING IN ARABIC]

REEM EL-KHOULY: [SPEAKING IN ARABIC]

CHILDREN (ALL): [SINGING IN ARABIC]

REEM EL-KHOULY: [SPEAKING IN ARABIC]

CHILDREN (ALL): [SINGING IN ARABIC]

REEM EL-KHOULY: M-e-a-t.

CHILDREN (ALL): M-e-a-t.

MOHAMMED ABDEL MONIEM: [SPEAKING IN ARABIC]