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Education and the Arab Spring

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Education and the Arab Spring

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Uprisings have swept through several countries in the Arab world. From Tunisia to Libya, Egypt and others, the so-called Arab Spring has brought a crucial political change for many people who have been striving for it for decades. But are we seeing a revolution in education too? We’ll explore that in this week’s learning world. Join us for more on air, online and on our social media pages.

Libya: Tearing up Gaddafi’s Green Book

It has been a year since the start of the successful revolution in Libya, and the country is preparing for a new era. But how will history be taught in the post-Gaddafi age? Students once only learnt the former leader’s version of events: now the teachers have more say in what they teach and are free to express their opinions; but the students believe many things still need to change.

Education and the making of new citizens

Change in education is not yet a priority for the political leaders in emerging democracies says Mohammed Faour, a senior associate at Carnegie Middle East. ‘Learning World’ asked him about the impact of the Arab spring on education, and the reforms these counties are considering.

Civic studies in Tunisia

In Tunisia, democracy begins at school. Civic studies are important for young people in Arab countries. That is what one project in Tunisia is promoting. In our report, we follow students organising democratic elections amongst themselves.

It is one way to prepare young Tunisians to be active members of society, and to share the responsibility of decision making.

UNICEF is a major stakeholder in the project, working closely with the country’s ministry of education.

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