Millions of girls in the Arab world end up as child brides: Some are forced to marry by their parents, for money or protection or due to cultural expectations; others want to escape poverty or an abusive home. All of them regret leaving school.
Fresh Syrian medical school graduates learning their profession in hospitals and starting public health initiatives are at high risk of coronavirus infections.
In a digital conversation, a panel of professors and students challenged the persistent notion that race is “somehow beyond the scope” of Middle East studies.
With Syria apparently experiencing many more cases of Covid-19 than the government publicly acknowledges, parents and students are wary about the scheduled openings of universities and schools.
Syrian students have been traveling to Beirut for interviews and tests. That complicated and costly process has gotten tougher with coronavirus lockdowns and new U.S. sanctions in place.
Two-thirds of all attacks on campuses and university buildings worldwide over the past five years took place in the Middle East, says a new report on attacks on education.
Covid-19 has made jobs for refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and other Arab countries even scarcer than before. That’s likely to increase child labor and make schooling a luxury, researchers say.
Officials in several countries called the openings tentative and said they could be reversed if the number of infections rises.
Here’s a recommended reading list of lighter works to take your mind off Covid-19. Many are inspired by the broad sweep of history across the Middle East and North Africa.
The conference brought together educators, students, entrepreneurs and advocacy groups to discuss how to support young people in the Middle East and other areas.