by: Ahmed Galal
The Road Not Traveled: Education Reform in the Middle East and North
Africa Region evaluates the impact of past investment in education
in the region and proposes a new approach to future education reforms.
The book shows that the region has invested heavily in education, and
was able to make remarkable progress. Most eligible children, boys and
girls, are now enrolled at different levels of instruction. Fertility
and infant mortality rates as well as life expectancy have all
improved. However, the contribution of past investments in education to
economic growth, poverty reduction and income distribution were modest.
Moreover, the education systems are not fully prepared to deal with the
increasing role of knowledge in economic development, an emerging youth
bulge and the growing financial constraints on expending education. Nor
are most economies of the region prepared to absorb an increasingly
educated labor force in dynamic and productive sectors. Thus, the
region must travel a new road.
This new road has two pillars: the first is an approach to education
reform that focuses on incentives and public accountability, beside the
education process itself; the other emphasizes closing the gap between
the supply of educated individuals and labor demand both internally and
Despite its density and rich economic content, the book is intended to
be read, discussed and utilized by a diverse and wide regional
audience, including policy-makers, civil society and academia, both
inside and outside the education sector.
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