Young People’s Learning and Skilling Second-Chance Learning and Skilling Opportunities to reach the most vulnerable Young People in the MENA

24 November 2021 - 24 November 2021

One of the greatest opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is to invest in future changemakers – children and young people. They have the potential to contribute to peace and stability and to expand economic opportunities. However, children and young people in the region face unprecedented challenges – in terms of learning, employment and social cohesion – aggravated by political instability and conflicts. Meanwhile, the education systems in the region are often constrained by outdated pedagogy, learning techniques and examination practices and are not aligned with contemporary realities and labour market requirements. Traditional teacher-centred and knowledge-based approaches fail to develop the essential skills for lifelong learning, employability, personal empowerment and active citizenship.

As the region build the next and better normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a unique opportunity to reimagine education and to transfer education systems, making them more flexible, inclusive and innovative in reaching all children and improving the quality and relevance of teaching and learning across the region.

This Virtual Round Table aims to kickstart a Dialogue with Young People, let by Young People, with ministries, private sector and practitioners – to learn from Young People and agree on joint recommendations for designing and improving second-chance education across the MENA region. These joint recommendations will inform the MENA Regional Summit ‘Young People’s Learning, Skilling, Social Inclusion and Transition to Work’ with governments and private sectors across the region, planned for the second quarter of 2022.

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