Did girls go to school in ancient Egypt?
There were schools in ancient Egypt, but hardly anyone went to them. Even though Egyptian girls in general were equal to boys under the law and could inherit land, girls weren’t allowed to go to Egyptian schools at all.
Whatever they learned, they had to learn at home from their mother or father or from a private tutor (usually a slave) who lived in their house. Very few girls could read or write, and only the richest ones.
Well, did Egyptian boys go to school?
Most boys didn’t go to school either, but a few boys from richer families went to a special school to train boys to be scribes.
What was a scribe?
A scribe was someone who could read and write. Not very many people could read or write hieroglyphics (which was much harder than alphabet writing). So Egyptian scribes always found good jobs keeping people’s records for them.
Professional scribes worked like modern lawyers or accountants, helping richer men keep track of their businesses and contracts.
How old were Egyptian kids when they went to school?
If you were going to be a scribe, you started school at four and went to school until you were about fifteen.
What did Egyptian schools look like?
Ancient Egyptian schools looked a lot like modern schools, with benches for the children and a big chair for the teacher.
Of course kids learned many things, even though most of them were unschooled.
Unschooling in ancient Egypt
Did Egyptians go to college?
Yes, there were universities in ancient Egypt, where you could go to learn more advanced material. Egypt was famous for its medical research and its astronomers and mathematicians, right through the Greek and Roman periods, and through most of the Middle Ages.