As war rages on in Syria and Egypt struggles with growth and democratic transition, the fragility of the economies and governments in the Arab world has become clear. Education lies at the heart of these challenges, and moving beyond the Arab Spring toward political and economic stability will require ensuring that all young people in the region get a quality education so they can develop the skills needed to lead productive lives and find jobs in an increasingly competitive global economy.
On February 12, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings launched the Arab World Learning Barometer, a new report and online interactive that shows how the challenges in providing good-quality education the Middle East and North Africa threaten to undermine the region’s economic growth and political stability. The discussion centered on the links between education and employment, with a special focus on the region’s youth bulge and its particular implications. The event began with a presentation on the findings of the report, followed by a moderated discussion with an expert panel.
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