A path to reducing learning poverty in the MENA region

More than half of children in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries live in learning poverty – they cannot read and understand age-appropriate text before the age of 10. This prevents children in the region from fully engaging in their education and holding back countries’ progress in human capital formation. A myriad of factors influence this result, but many factors can be addressed by changes in education policies and programs related to the teaching and learning of Arabic.

The World Bank Advancing Arabic Language Teaching and Learning: A Path to Learning Poverty Reduction in the MENA Region The report, to be released on June 29, identifies and explores these factors and offers a path for countries in the region to make the teaching and learning of Arabic more effective.

This high-level event organized by the Queen Rania Foundation will feature policymakers from across the MENA region and focus on the themes highlighted in the report. In addition to learning from the report’s findings, participants will also hear about initiatives and experiences across the region.

The launch event will kick off a series of webinars that will run over the next six months and include more in-depth dives into the main themes examined in the report.

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