Nelson Mandela’s capacity to empathize with those who imprisoned him should inspire educators in Egypt, the author says.
In a difficult time for Al-Azhar University, 38 more students have been sentenced to prison and one student has died as a result of protests.
Students who participate in extended guided discussions over the Internet with peers from other countries find they become more empathetic.
Court sentences of 17 years in prison for Al-Azhar university student protestors are being viewed by many human-rights lawyers as being exceptionally harsh.
A visit to Egypt to meet with public-university presidents prompts some observations on education and democracy.
At least 70 professors have been arrested in the Egyptian government’s anti-Muslim Brotherhood crackdown. Opinions are mixed as to the legitimacy of the arrests.
Street protests against the military-backed government have subsided, leaving campus protests as a focal point of political friction.
Two Canadian academics who were detained for seven weeks have been released from an Egyptian prison but are still trapped in the country.
A letter written by the two Canadian academics imprisoned in Egypt details the conditions they and other prisoners live in.