More than half of children in Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries are in learning poverty – they cannot read and understand age-appropriate text by the age of 10 . This prevents the region’s children from fully engaging in their education and holding back the countries’ progress in human capital formation. A myriad of factors influence this outcome, but many factors can be addressed through changes in education policies and programs related to teaching and learning Arabic.
That of the World Bank Advancing Arabic Language Teaching and Learning: A Pathway to Reducing Learning Poverty in the MENA Region The report, which will be released on June 29, identifies and explores these factors and offers a path for countries in the region to make teaching and learning Arabic more effective.
This high-level event hosted by the Queen Rania Foundation will feature decision makers from across the MENA region and focus on the themes highlighted in the report. In addition to learning from the report’s findings, attendees will also hear about initiatives and experiences from across the region.
The launch event will launch a series of webinars that will run over the next six months and will include deeper dives into the main themes examined in the report.