Analytical Mapping of Life Skills and Citizenship Education in the Middle East and North Africa
The MENA Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) initiative represents a country and regional collaborative endeavor towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. The LSCE Initiative brings together the active contribution of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), along with ministries of education and other national institutions responsible for education across the MENA countries. An Analytical Mapping (AM) – this present document – has been developed to provide the evidence for the Conceptual and Programmatic Framework (CPF). It gives an overview of (i) current major life skills and citizenship education initiatives and programmes in MENA and the key players and organizations implementing these programmes, and (ii) the challenges faced by implementing organizations.
The AM was carried out in 15 MENA countries: Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the State of Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen. The preparatory phase of the AM included a desk review that continued throughout the process. A multi-phase approach was then used to conduct the AM utilizing four mixed data collection and analysis methods. Findings are grouped under the following questions:
- How is life skills and citizenship education defined and conceptualized in MENA?
- What is the life skills landscape in terms of Dimensions of Learning and skills clusters?
- What are the subject areas through which life skills are addressed?
- Which teaching and learning approaches are used in life skills and citizenship education?
- How are life skills and citizenship education delivered, and what are the challenges?
- What are the opportunities and challenges to life skills and citizenship education programming?