Citizen diagnostic on secondary education in Tunisia

Douar Hicher, Kasserine North and Tataouine North

This study is part of a participatory, citizen-driven approach that International Alert seeks to consolidate with the belief that supporting the right to education, and improving and reforming public educational services, require the participation of students, as well as the inclusion of their perceptions, their own evaluations of their educational conditions, and the identification of the difficulties and problems they face, as they are the recipients of this service.

Involving youth from working-class neighbourhoods and interior regions in assessing public policies in the field of education is necessary to help enhance their role and fulfil their needs and expectations. It also benefits decision-makers by providing them with accurate and transparent data related to this field, in order to help realise developmental goals aimed at reforming and improving the educational system, and to establish and maintain educational institutions in regions suffering from poverty, marginalisation, exclusion and school dropouts.

This field study for the diagnosis and evaluation of the status of educational services at the secondary level was conducted in an effort to promote the right to public education by improving the material and moral conditions for its access and by improving and strengthening its quality, especially in the interior regions and working-class neighbourhoods. In this study, a questionnaire was distributed to a sample of 1,200 students who are receiving their education in three schools in three different delegations: the Echabab Secondary Institute in Douar Hicher (Manouba), the Al-Manar Institute in the Ennour neighbourhood (Kasserine) and the co-ed Secondary Institute in Tataouine North (Tataouine).

In every school surveyed, the focus has been on educational conditions, available equipment, school activities, educational framework and at-risk behaviours in order to reach a general overview of the educational environment from the viewpoint of the students and to provide recommendations and proposals that will improve the quality of educational services.

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