More than half of children in the Middle East and North African (MENA) countries are in learning poverty — they cannot read and understand an age-appropriate text by age 10. This is preventing the region’s children from fully engaging in their education and holding back countries’ progress in human capital formation. A myriad of factors influences this outcome, but many factors can be addressed through changes in education policy and programing related to the teaching and learning of Arabic.
The World Bank’s Advancing Arabic Language Teaching and Learning: A Path to Reducing Learning Poverty in MENA report, to be released on June 29, identifies and explores these factors and proposes a path for countries in the region to make the teaching and learning of Arabic more effective.
This high-level event hosted by the Queen Rania Foundation will feature policymakers from across the MENA region and will focus on themes highlighted in the report. In addition to learning from the report findings, attendees will also hear about initiatives and experiences from across the region.
The launch event will kick off a webinar series that will take place over the next six months and include deeper dives into the main themes that are examined in the report.