Life Skills and Citizenship Education Initiative
Middle East and North Africa
مبادرة تعليم المهارات الحياتية والمواطنة
الشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا


National Consultation on Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) in the State of Palestine, 5-6 July 2017

The National Consultation on Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) was held July 5-6 2017, in Ramallah, State of Palestine. The consultation provided an opportunity for national and international partners across the education sector and academia to exchange views and explore how to equip Palestinian students with essential life skills.

09 Aug 2017
The future of school-based social and emotional learning programmes

Social and emotional learning (SEL) skills—the thinking, behavioral and regulatory skills needed to interact effectively with others—are strongly associated with success in school and life. There is growing interest in research that shows the effectiveness of school-based SEL programs, and in policies that increase their prevalence.

31 May 2017
International conference on jobs and skills mismatch

This conference aimed to deepen understanding of the labour market effects of various types of skill mismatch and how they can be best measured in different country contexts. It included ILO research and also presented the work of other partner international organizations.

12 May 2017
It’s not what sport children play, but how they play it that matters

Sport is massive and it’s everywhere: on TV, in videogames and on the streets. As a consequence, myths about the inherent greatness of sport have grown. One such myth is that sport itself is ideal in helping disadvantaged youth develop “socially” and “psychologically”, and that it is capable of teaching “teamwork” or “leadership”.

07 Mar 2017
Goodbye, maths and English. Hello, teamwork and communication?

The World Economic Forum Future of Jobs report argues that emotional intelligence, creativity, and people management will be among the top skills needed for jobs in 2020.

16 Feb 2017
Syrian child refugees taught to release stress and resist recruitment

Organized by Basmeh and Zeitooneh, a local charity, the classes in a chaotic fifth floor room were set up to help children voice their opinions, release the stress caused by war and displacement and rediscover their imaginations, staff say.

02 Jan 2017
The Arab Human Development Report

The focus on life skills and citizenship education features prominently in the latest Arab Human Development Report. A key message is that the success of any programmes or public policies to empower youth must involve strengthening the concept of inclusive citizenship for all.

29 Nov 2016

With 60% of the Arab population under the age of 30, and over one-third of them, more than 100 million, aged 15 to 29, this Survey presents evidence-based insights into the attitudes of Arab youth, providing public and private sector organisations with data and analysis to inform their decision-making and policy creation.

09 Nov 2016
Champions for Learning: The Legacy of the Learning Metrics Task Force

The Learning Metrics Task Force (LMTF) was a group of education experts, civil society members, and government representatives who convened in 2012 to catalyse a shift in the global education conversation from access to access plus learning. This report focuses on the task force’s work during the second phase.

03 Nov 2016
The most important skills of tomorrow, according to five global leaders

The world of work is changing drastically, perhaps faster than any other time in recent history. According to the World Economic Forum, 35% of the skills necessary to thrive in a job today will be different five years from now. With an unsure future, what skills or expertise should students focus on acquiring today?

14 Oct 2016
Saudi Arabia Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign and Programme

UNICEF’s Gulf Area Office, the Ministry of Education, the National Commission for Childhood, and the National Family Safety Programme launched a national program in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to address bullying in schools.

11 Aug 2016
National Consultation on Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) in Tunisia 28-29 July 2016

The National Consultation on Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) was held July 28-29 2016, in Tunis, Tunisia.

28 Jul 2016
The skills that matter in the race between education and technology

Depending on to whom you listen to, automation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) will either solve all our problems or end the human race. Whether the rise of the machines is an existential threat to mankind or not, there is a more mundane issue at hand: robots are currently being used to automate production.