Three trends impacting education policy across the Middle East and Africa

By Heba Ramzy, Director, Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Although schools around the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region are only just coming to the end of the academic year, many governments have been taking stock for much longer and considering what is required to ensure positive learning outcomes when the new year begins. From the…

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Five common myths about youth employability in MEA

Sixty percent of the population in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is under the age of 25, and of these young people, one in four is unemployed. Part of the reason for this is a lack of necessary technical skills for the 21st century workplace. But beyond that, there are a few common myths…

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Ali Faramawy chats about tech, creativity and teamwork at TeenTech Global Youth Summit

Can technology transform society and help shape our future? Ali Faramawy, President of Microsoft Middle East and Africa, is ready to answer to this question at the TeenTechSF Global Youth Summit this Saturday, 5 December. The event will be livestreamed to over 1400 students around the world, so be sure to click on this link…

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Algerian youth get a career kick-start with Djazair Ta3mal

Posted by Lyes Lamri, Citizenship Programs Manager for Algeria Youth unemployment in the Arab world is an acute problem and, according to the Arab Labour Organisation, stands at 30% – the highest rate of any region worldwide. In Algeria, it’s not much lower at 24%. There is a deep pool of resources across the region,…

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Microsoft Student Partner program helps passionate Saudi students develop their tech skills

Posted by Nour Bashar Al-Khouja, Academic Programs Manager The Middle East is experiencing a “youth bulge”, with over 30% of its population between the ages of 15 and 29. In order for this generation to flourish, we need to find opportunities that make a real impact in improving their employability and entrepreneurship, education and digital…

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