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If current demographic trends persist, by the year 2050, the Middle East and Northern Africa region will need to create north of 300 million jobs.Even more challenging, there is an imperative to create immediately more than 10 million jobs a year to keep up with the region's demographic bulge.The challenge for countries in MENA as elsewhere in the world, is to adapt to the new digital economy, harness its potential, and ensure that each new generation is equipped to seize the opportunities it creates.As the world changes, education systems must also adapt, and adapt now!That reform should start in preprimary education, where only 30 percent of children in the Middle East and North Africa are currently enrolled, despite clear evidence that the early years are when the ability to quickly learn new skills is established.This will require more flexible social security systems that are no longer tied to particular jobs.So will the Middle East and North Africa region deliver the 300 million new jobs needed by 2050 to enable its large youth population to drive the economy into the future, and thrive?
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