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Egypt authorizes an anti-divorce program for students

In order to reduce the number of divorces, which stood at 211,000 cases in 2018, Egypt plans to create a new anti-divorce program that offers compulsory courses for Egyptian students from next September.

Students who are happy in marriage and who remain so. This is the ambition of the Egyptian church and the country’s leading Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, by creating a new anti-divorce program that offers compulsory courses for university students from next September.

The Mawadda program, which means “affection”, aims to reduce the number of divorces in Egypt, reaching 211,000 cases in 2018, by allowing students to marry while teaching them the right way to choose their partners and manage marital conflicts.

A program for a good cause?

In the trial phase since President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi’s appeal to combat the high divorce rate in Egypt, the Mawadda program has already reached nearly 21,000 young people living in Cairo, Alexandria and Port-Saïd, the cities where most separations take place.

While the program is expected to target 900,000 students aged 18 to 25 each year, it will also include married couples who use government dispute resolution offices.