This blog has enough on its plate with curriculum, teaching, and ed policy issues in our own country, but a story about education reform in the Arab world got our attention this morning. A World Bank study shows the quality of education in the Middle East and North Africa is not keeping up with the needs of the changing and increasingly globalized economy.
“This is a very youthful region where 60 percent of the population is under 30 years of age,” says Marwan Muasher, a senior World Bank official who was responsible for the report’s preparation. “Close to 100 million new jobs need to be created in the next 10 to 15 years in the Arab world. If we are to create such jobs, then we have to start with improving the educational systems.”