Nonstate Schooling in the Middle East & North Africa
This study examines the conditions of nonstate schooling at regional and national levels in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), produces a deeper understanding of the nonstate schooling landscape, and builds awareness of opportunities and challenges for partnering with nonstate schools in the region.
Through an analysis of publicly available resources about the “who, what, and where” of nonstate schooling in MENA, this study summarizes the existing literature on nonstate schooling at the preschool, primary, and secondary school levels in the MENA region by examining conditions regionally and in each country. In addition to the literature, this study draws from the data sets with information about nonstate schooling in the MENA countries from international, national, non-governmental, and other sources, including data collected, cleaned, and analyzed by Social Impact from national governments and other relevant regional, national, sub-national, and private sector institutions and networks in select MENA countries where USAID has an active Mission (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Morocco).
The following study questions form the primary focus of this situational analysis:
- What is currently known in the literature about preschool, primary, and secondary level nonstate schooling in MENA region countries, including the variety of types, contexts, models, institutional arrangements, and policy environments?
- What quantitative data on nonstate schooling are currently collected in MENA countries by international, national, and non-governmental actors?
- What are the similarities and differences in the prevalence, distribution, characteristics, populations served, and outcomes of nonstate schooling between MENA region countries based on available data?
- What are the gaps in data and knowledge on nonstate schooling in the MENA region?