Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The State of Arab Education

The BBC has a good article on how education in the Arab world is not doing well. The World Bank did a report to try and get the Arab nations to start rectifying the situation. Statistically, they state that 60% of the population there is under 30 - so a lot of new jobs are needed.

I don't know a lot about this subject for the Middle East in general. Of the 4 "worst" countries, one of them is Iraq - and we all know why they're on the list, and another is Yemen, which is a poor country. I do know that in many of the Gulf states, women outnumber men at universities, sometimes at a rate of 2 to 1. (Of course, the Gulf states tend to have more money too.) Education is something that the Middle East will really have to take care of if they want to make it in the 21st century.

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