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Video: Back to School 2013

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With newspaper headlines focused on violence and political upheavals across the Middle East and North Africa region, it is easy to forget that an annual beginning is also underway. Children from the Mashreq to the Maghreb have started going back to school. Parents are buying school supplies for little ones and millions of teenagers are going down a path that may shape their future careers. This week, Voices and Views presents Back to School 2013 - a series focused on the challenges that both teachers and students face in the region, and the policies and programs that can change a generation.

Mourad Ezzine, Education Sector Manager for the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank, begins the series with an appreciation of the resilience of the region’s education systems. Please listen to what he has to say and leave us your comments.


Submitted by Rita Pasi on
Thanks for launching this important series on education in MENA, which remains a key challenge and vitally important for the next generation of citizens. I also appreciated your remark about the commitment to education in the region, despite instability in some countries... This is a testament to the great hope citizens hold for the future. I look forward to the rest of the series.

Submitted by Esther Illouz on
Thank you for this great Education in the Arab world platform. It will bring testimony of the resilience of societies, communities and families in the wake of historic transitions, with education as a pillar for democracy and inclusion.

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