Tunisia

"For me as a human rights activist, education is one of the basic human rights that no child should be deprived of …We in Tunisia are taking whatever measure possible to make sure that every child has success to school and receives general education. We advocate the idea also that education for children should be inscribed in our new constitution." - President Moncef Marzouki

Watch the video message from Tunisia's Former President Moncef Marzouki

 

Education is a high priority in Tunisia. The percentage of both public expenditure and GDP allocated to education are above the targets of 20% and 6% respectively, standing at 21.5% and 6.2% in 2010.

Tunisia makes large efforts with regards to girls’ schooling. As of 2007, 96.7% of school-aged girls and 95.5% of boys were enrolled in primary education.. This trend continues into higher levels of education with women accounting for almost 60% of students enrolled in tertiary education. 

Tunisia also has an effective vocational training system in place, reaching over a quarter of all unemployed young people. 

One of Tunisia’s key projects is the Mobile Laboratories or Mobile Internet Buses. This project targets schools in rural and remote areas in an attempt to reduce the digital divide. 

With the support of the World Bank, Microsoft, and Apple, Tunisia is now incorporating ICT in all levels of education. These organizations provide support to the government by way of professional development, networking opportunities, research development and policy evaluation. 

Tunisia ranks as one of the highest countries in education for tolerance and peace in the region. The country has introduced educational reforms to encourage tolerance, accommodate democratic values in the curriculum and uphold global common values. 

Research has shown that Tunisian education cultivates equality and respect for others, avoids demonizing others, and portrays the “Other” as vital for defining and enhancing one’s own identity.

Listen to the remarks made by H.E. Mr. Moncef Marzouki, Former President, at the Global Education First Initiative's high-level event 'Quality Education for the World We Want'

 

Weblinks

Ministry of Education (website): http://www.education.gov.tn/index.php?lan=3

Ministry of Education (Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/pages/ministry-of-education-tunisia/114046118610609

Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research: http://www.mes.tn/anglais/index.htm

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