The Covid-19 pandemic forced Arab universities to hastily shift classes online–or in some cases shut down completely. Now they need to assess learning and decide how to safely re-open.
The attempted shift to online learning during the novel coronavirus pandemic is increasing inequality in access to education. In some countries, professors and students are suggesting online education be halted altogether.
Funding groups in the Arab world and elsewhere are offering assistance to artists and other creative workers who face difficulties because of the Covid-19 shutdowns.
Al-Fanar Media explores some of the major Arabic and non-Arabic online learning platforms that offer university-level courses at low cost or free.
Humanitarian groups warn of the potential for increased drop-out rates among adolescent girls, putting them at greater risk of sexual exploitation and early marriage.
Several countries have closed educational institutions and others are restricting school activities in an attempt to limit the spread of the dangerous new virus, Covid-19.
Some Arab countries have begun evacuating students from the area under quarantine, but many students feel abandoned and want more help.
Building a knowledge-based society will be crucial to Yemen’s recovery after the war, a Yemeni professor says. He calls on wealthier countries to support that effort.
The Karama Festival, based in Jordan, uses cinema as a force for social change. This year it highlighted films from Yemen.
A sampling of works published, translated or honored in the past year illustrates the diversity of writing by Arab authors.