Education & Learning

Education & Learning

     Children going through school in Ancient Egypt would learn a series of symbols called ” Hieroglyphs”.  Hieroglyphs were created about 5000 years ago, and they continued to use them for another 3500f years.  They used these symbols to read and write, just like we use our English alphabet.  Although, they didn’t use some letters.  They mostly excluded vowels, but some consonants as well.  These are pictures  of hieroglyphs:

     Girls did not go to school.  While the boys were in school the girls were taught how to cook, weave, and etc. by their mothers.

     Not all boys could go to school.  The boys who belonged to the poor families had to stay at home and help there families on the farm.

    The schools were next to, or in the temples.  The teachers were the priests.  The students could train to become a scholar  for five years when they turned nine.  Education covers both general upbringing of a child, and its training for a particular occupation.  

This is what a classroom in Ancient Egypt would look like.

     Most children who attended school went to school to become scribes.  They went to school so in a distant day they could enter into the royal service, or maybe even one day become a famous Pharaoh or wealthy scribe.  In scribal school they used the basic utensils of a scribe: a reed brush, ink made from soot and water, and the worlds first paper papyrus.

     If you were going to study to be a scribe, you would probably not attend scribal school.  Some people who were not scribes did have a scribal school education, though.  Instead you would become an apprentice.  For example, if you wanted to become a banker, you would follow him around to see what you would as a banker.

     The upbringing of the boys was left largely in the hands of there father.  The girls upbringing was left only on the mothers.The parents familiarized their kids with their outlook on life, religion, ethnic principles, and correct behavior toward others and the supernatural beings in which everyone believed in.  They also taught them about folk rituals.

     While the children got older, they would progressively act more more like adults.  Children would more often be found lending a hand with the less onerous tasks, and gradually acquiring practical skills and useful knowledge from their elders.

     Overall, in Ancient Egypt, education was a privilege.  If you were luck, or rich, you could get an education and pursue a career.

Done by Sara Poole



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