The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the gender gap that girls face in getting access to mobile phones, which are now often essential to accessing education.
Nawal Mdallaly, the founder of an organization that works with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, describes how Covid-19 has intensified the difficult situation that young Syrian girls face in that country.
In Somalia, Sudan, and regions of Ethiopia that host refugees from those countries, girls face a harsh life that often keeps them out of schools. The pandemic has made things worse.
The pandemic is just one additional obstacle that is preventing girls from getting an education in a country with a chaotic and conflict-ridden recent history.
Child marriage rates improved in the Middle East and North Africa over a 25-year period, but those gains could now be undermined.
Four scholars of gender and women’s studies reflect on the challenges of teaching gender politics in the Middle East and North Africa.
Many Egyptian, Jordanian and Palestinian private universities raised their tuition fees, causing anger among students and driving some of them to drop out.
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.
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.