Reimagining Life Skills and Citizenship Education in the Middle East and North Africa: A four-dimensional and systems approach to 21st century skills
A four-dimensional and systems approach to 21st century skills
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) Initiative represents a country and regional collaborative endeavour towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4. The LSCE Initiative seeks to provide diverse stakeholders in MENA with an evidence-based framework for action towards the achievement of the above three inter-connected outcomes. The Executive Summary outlines the Conceptual and Programmatic Framework (CPF) on life skills and citizenship education that serves as a guide to strategy development and programming at the country level.
Within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and with the acquisition of skills defined as a key objective of the 2030 Education Agenda, this Conceptual and Programmatic Framework (CPF) is meant to reimagine the work around life skills and citizenship education – while addressing both the conceptual and programmatic gaps – with a view of achieving scale, sustainability and long-term change towards quality learning in MENA. It is addressed to policy makers, practitioners and experts and it is meant to serve as a basis for guiding policies, strategies and programs through a systems approach and in the context of national education reforms. The LSCE CPF constitutes also a road map for the mobilization of a large network of partners through multiple pathways and modalities in education, in the social sphere, in the workplace and on the road to the workplace, with a view of reaching all children and youth and creating an enabling environment for better learning.
The production of the LSCE CPF comes as a result of two years of consultations both at country and regional levels, including the engagement of more than 600 stakeholders such as representatives from governmental institutions (Ministries of Education, Youth, Social Affairs and Labour), UN Agencies, think tanks and universities, NGOs, the private sector, and children and youth.