School reopening status, progress and challenges


Girl in class room wearing her mask. Azraq, Jordan, 2021


Schools across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have started to emerge from the lockdowns imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Seventeen countries have resumed the 2021-2022 academic year, combining both in-person and remote learning.

These are Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, the State of Palestine, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Syria, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Yemen.

The three countries that have not yet opened their schools are: Iraq (excluding the Kurdistan Region of Iraq which reopened schools on 14 September, the rest of the country is expected to reopen on 1 November), Lebanon (some public schools partially opened the morning shift but not yet the afternoon shift for Syrian refugees) and Libya (announced that schools will reopen on 11 November).

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