Countries of the southern Mediterranean.
AFD; Aix-Marseielle University; CMI; Club de Madrid; EIB; UNESCO; Union for the Mediterranean (UfM); Qatar Foundation; and the World Bank.
The quality of education remains the number one challenge to building inclusive Arab societies that are cohesive and stable. The pattern is the same across all Arab countries: mass education has failed to equip young people with adequate ability to take action and make decisions, and has left too many young people with few opportunities for economic inclusion.
Moreover, mass tertiary education has left the issue of vocational training unaddressed, meaning that a large number of unskilled youth is unable to meet labor market demand for technical skills. Indeed, the region is still facing high unemployment, especially among youth aged 15-24, which has increased overall poverty and vulnerability levels.
There is a pressing need to improve the efficiency of active labor market programs and social safety nets, as well as to foster innovation and entrepreneurship to increase employment and social integration and decrease poverty and vulnerability levels. The crucial challenge is to promote an innovative transition from “Education for All” to “Learning and Skills Training for All.”
The work program is articulated around five areas whose objectives are:
Education for Competitiveness:
Employment and Social Protection:
Innovation for Value and Employment Creation:
Initiative for Youth Employment through Vocational Training in the Maghreb Countries: