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MIDDLE EAST

Youth unemployment is one of the greatest challenges in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, which stretches from Morocco to Iran, including Djibouti and Sudan in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to a report by the World Economic Forum, the region has the highest regional youth unemployment rate in the world: 27.2 percent of under-25s are unemployed in the Middle East, and more than 29 percent in North Africa — more than double the global average.

According to UNICEF, more than 12 million children and young adolescents in MENA are either out of school or at risk of dropping out. Without completing their education, it is unlikely that these children will break the cycle of youth unemployment. The most common reasons for dropping out of school are poverty and conflict. Blue Rose Compass® identifies outstandingly talented young refugees and displaced people, and enables them to get a top university education. In return, we ask them to commit to finding future opportunities to help rebuild their country.

Only through education will communities in MENA attain stability – and an education at a leading university in another region offers the added value of expanding young people’s horizons and exposing them to different ways of thinking.

ented young refugees and displaced people, and enables them to get a top university education and jobs on graduation. In return, we ask them to commit to finding future opportunities to help rebuild their country. We are already working on scholarships and internships for high school girls from Chibok, and aim to raise funds to help hundreds more.