Expectations and aspirations: a new framework for education in the Middle East and North Africa: overview (in Arabic)

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Expectations and aspirations: a new framework for education in the Middle East and North Africa: overview (in Arabic)

Education, which had been at the heart of the Middle East and North Africa region’s (MENA) history and civilizations for centuries, has a large untapped potential to contribute to human capital, well-being, and wealth. The region invested heavily in education for decades but has not been able to reap the benefits of its investments. Despite a series of reforms, MENA has remained stuck in a low-learning, low-skills level. Expectations and Aspirations identifies four key sets of tensions that are holding back education in the region: credentials and skills, discipline and inquiry, control and autonomy, and tradition and modernity. These tensions are shaped by society and reflected in schools and classrooms. If not addressed, MENA will continue to operate below its potential. This report outlines a new framework with a three-pronged approach that can help address these tensions and unleash the potential of education in MENA: 1) A concerted push for learning that starts early for all children regardless of background, with qualified and motivated educators, and that leverages technology, uses innovative approaches, and monitors learning. 2) A stronger pull for skills by all stakeholders in the labor market and society that involves coordinated multi-system reforms within and beyond the education system. 3) A new pact for education at the national level with a unified vision, shared responsibilities and accountabilities. Education is everyone’s business and not just the responsibility of the education system.

author
El-Kogali, Safaa
language
ARA
Institutions
World Bank
date
2020
Pages
54 p.
regions
Arab States
Asia and the Pacific
Africa
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themes
Quality of education
Social barriers to education
Pays
Algeria
Bahrain
Djibouti
Egypt
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Mauritania
Morocco
Oman
Palestine
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Syrian Arab Republic
Tunisia
United Arab Emirates
Yemen
levels
Early childhood education
Primary education
Secondary education
Higher education

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