Vocational schools teach practical skills and enroll many disadvantaged students—a combination that’s difficult to adapt to online learning.
Online course providers like Coursera and edX have seen a spike in demand for their courses from institutions in the Middle East and North Africa since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Covid-19 has largely heightened the inequality that disabled students already face, although for a small proportion of students, it has moved education to their homes and let them study more at their own pace.
The intensifying Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and the lockdowns due to Covid-19 are driving impoverished, discouraged students to abandon higher education.
Harnessing the power and ubiquity of mobile phones could help Yemen make online learning available to more students, an educator argues, but the idea needs more study first.
The pandemic stalled tourism and deeply cut the revenues it produces, but students continue to enroll in hospitality education programs, hoping the industry bounces back.
A survey of scholars done in the late spring and early summer that included researchers who study the MENA region showed the pandemic’s adverse effects and the occasional beneficial ones on research, the authors of the survey say.
The decision to normalize relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel angered many in the Arab region. Still, some see it as an opportunity to support research.
The SAFAR Film Festival had to shift to an online format this year because of Covid-19. On the plus side, that might mean more viewers at a time when interest in Arab cinema is growing.
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.