Closing The Education Divide

pic credit: Amber Yang

Maysa Jalbout at MIT, pic credit: Amber Yang

In the Arab world, sheer numbers call for leap-frogging into digital learning, said Maysa Jalbout, CEO of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education. Over half the 385 million people who live the region are under 25 years of age, she said. A good many are refugees whose educational prospects have been shattered by political conflicts. Youth unemployment in the region is also the highest in the world partly because of the poor quality of education, except in some centers of excellence. What gives?

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