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November 20, 1999 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.

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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Kavitha - Big, Black Cloud over Cairo
Kid's version available

Learn the causes of Cairo's massive pollution problem and discover what steps groups such as the Cairo Air Improvement Project are taking to educate Egyptians and enact policy reform.

1) Do you know what asthma is? Look up asthma on - Can you see why pollution is such an important issue?

2) Brainstorm about what you or your class can do to help stop pollution. Find an organization like CAIP, plant a tree or write a government official.

Jasmine - Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee
Kid's version available

A tour of the Citadel. Includes information about the Citadel, Islamic Cairo, Mohammed Ali, Shagarat ad-Darr, Salah al-Din, Crusaders, Fatamids, Seljuks, Mamluks and the Alabaster Mosque.

What do you think of the Mamluks? Can you imagine being sold by your family into basically slavery? What other cultures do you know of that either practiced slavery in the past or does so currently?

Abeja - From Slaves to Sultans: Shagarat ad-Durr and the Malmuks

Abeja describes the Mamluk rise to power and the story of Shagarat ad-Durr, the first and only female Muslim ruler of Egypt. She also describes the end of the Ayyubid dynasty.

The story of Shagarat ad-Durr is extraordinary - What other extraordinary tales involving women and power do you know? For instance, how did Queen Elizabeth handle her power? What are the similarities? The differences?

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