Equity, Educational Access and Learning Outcomes in MENA

Reducing education inequalities in the Middle East and North Africa

A young girl with one hand writes in school
UNICEF/Syria2017/ Khudr Al-Issa


A number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have not yet achieved universal primary education. Understanding which groups are disadvantaged, and locating the correlates of educational disadvantage and exclusion, is an essential first step in overcoming inequalities. This analysis, conducted in 2015, can inform the design and development of policies and targeted interventions that address the needs of these groups. It updates and extends previous insights into educational inequality in the MENA region, and, at the same time, looks across administrative, household survey and learning achievement data in an integrated and unique way.

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