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UAE Child Rights Law Contains Controversial Breastfeeding Clause

In January, the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates drafted a law to protect children’s rights. Controversy has arisen over recent months because of a clause that mandates women breastfeed their children,...
by Amanda Lubit


Human Traffickers Exploit Syrian Children

In February 2013, Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) broke up a ring of child traffickers exploiting refugee children from Syria in Ras Beirut. These arrests called attention to the vulnerability of Syrian children ...
by Amanda Lubit


Women Petition to Gain Rights in Saudi Arabia

On International Women’s Day, March 8th, women’s rights activists petitioned the Shura Council of Saudi Arabia to demand an end to the restrictions placed upon women. This development comes just months after the Cou...
by Amanda Lubit



Uprisings in Yemen Resulted in Higher Dropout Rate

The Yemeni Ministry of Education is currently trying to assess the effects of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising and subsequent security and economic instability on school dropout rates. “The dropout rate is a long-term predicamen...
by Alex Leedom


Israeli Online Course Brings E-Learning to Middle East

On March 2, professor Hossam Haick, of Israel’s Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology—will begin teaching the first massive open online course (MOOC) in Arabic, titled Nanotechnology and Nanosensors. The course offe...
by Alex Leedom


Canadian PM Pledges $105 Million to Jordan to Support Syrian Refugees

Stephen Harper, Canada’s Prime Minister, announced on Thursday, January 23rd that the Canadian government would continue its support of Jordan in dealing with the ongoing influx of Syrian refugees. Harper announced that the $...
by Alex Leedom



Yemen and UK Sign Education Cooperation Agreement

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Yemeni Minister of Education Abdul Razzak al-Ashwal and Paul Doubleday, director of the British Council in Yemen and Oman, signed an agreement to further develop teacher skills in Yemen. The agreement wil...
by Alex Leedom


MENA Region Leaders Convene Round Table to Address Education

Earlier this month, the Mena Private Equity Association sponsored a round table to address the future of education in the region. Imad Ghandour, managing director of CedarBridge, and Jens Yahya Zimmermann, managing director of ...
by Alex Leedom


Egypt Adjusts Curriculum After Outlawing Muslim Brotherhood

Since the Egyptian interim government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization last month, authorities have made aggressive moves to seize assets and reclaim the network of social services, including schools and...
by Alex Leedom