My name is Islam. I’m 24 years old and I come from Beni Suef, a city around 100 kilometres south of Cairo. Even when I was at school, I had the feeling that education isn’t valued enough. I thought about becoming a teacher when I was older. I wanted to teach children better than I had been taught myself.
So I went on to study German at Minia University. The language interested me – I find that you can used it to express ideas particularly clearly. I also took additional lessons at the Goethe-Institut. After graduating, I moved to Cairo and began to apply for positions that matched my education and goals. But I always got rejected, or I didn't get any reply at all. At first I thought this was due to my lack of professional experience. A training course at the Egyptian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration (EGC) revealed to me that there was another reason.