Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Half of Arab women illiterate

Half of the women in the Arab world are illiterate and more than 10 million children in region don't go to school, according to a report released Monday. The report on the status of children and women, produced by the Arab League and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), said many Arab countries have made progress on child rights and protection, but that more still needs to be done. "More than 10 million children in the Arab world are out of school, most of them in Egypt, Iraq, Morocco and Sudan," said the report, although it gave no figures for the total number of school-age children in the region. It said although many countries have established a basis for a child's right to education, they still fall short of the UN's millennium development goals for primary education, especially for girls.


At April 12, 2005 9:32 PM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

I wonder if that figure includes or excludes the students that go to madrassas only to memorize the Koran but not learn any critical thinking skills.

Do the Arab League and UNICEF consider that to be an education?


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