Going to School in the Middle East and North Africa

Going to School in the Middle East and North Africa

Going to School in the Middle East and North Africa

Going to School in the Middle East and North Africa


The Middle East and North Africa are constantly in the news due to political turmoil, and it is difficult for students in those countries to attend school and live the life of a child or teenager. What is it really like? This volume traces the history of education in countries of the Middle East and North African region, identifying the types of education available for different genders and social classes, and how race, ethnicity and gender affect education for those students. Primary, Secondary, and Post-Secondary educational opportunities are examined, along with curriculum, and teaching menthods. Major reforms and philosophies are also presented.


Over the past three decades, with globalization becoming a dominant force, the worldwide emphasis on schooling has accelerated. However, a historical perspective teaches us that global trends in schooling are by no means a recent phenomenon. The work of neoinstitutional sociologists such as John Meyer and his colleagues has demonstrated that the development of mass public educational systems became a worldwide trend in the nineteenth century and most nations’ schools systems go back significantly further. The Going to School around the World series is intended to provide students with an understanding of the similarities and differences among educational systems throughout the world from a historical perspective.

Although comparative and international educational research has provided an understanding of the many similarities in school systems across nations and cultures, it has also indicated the significant differences. Schools reflect societies and their cultures and therefore there are significant differences among different nations’ school systems and educational practices. Another purpose of this series is to examine these similarities and differences.

The series is organized into nine volumes, each looking at the history of the school systems in countries on one continent or subcontinent. The series consists of volumes covering schooling in the following regions:

North America

Latin America


Sub-Saharan Africa

North Africa and the Middle East

South Asia . . .

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