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Literacy in North Africa, can you tell me what is going on

Algeria has been independent for 51 years and still its literacy rate is very low. So what happened. we cannot blame the low rates on old illiterate grandmas/ grandpas any more, a hold over from the 11 percent illiteracy rate from the colonial days. Every student that goes through school should be “literate” by the time they are finished and if kids are not going to school there parents should be given an opportunity to change the situation. Of course some students are taken from school to help family finances but that is unacceptable and that should be remedied as soon as possible.

The question is in North Africa, Algeria Tunisia and Morocco (Libya looks to be a bit okay) is that how do you define literacy. Students in elementary schools(Let’s assume the most basic and widespread institution) have to “read” in Arabic and in French. In Arabic you have signs that show the vowels on top or bellow the consonant letters, and usually in more advanced texts/city signage) they remove the signs. So my question is how does someone with an elementary school education cope with reading in everyday life, does he spend 5 minutes on one sentence.

In review I believe that

The older generation should be taught at home or in specialized classes in order to teach them how to read and write. I think that they should be taught for the sake of honor.

At “risk” youth should be put aside one on one in order to test them and to try to figure out what level they are at and whether they should catch up to the class.

Parent should be responsible and punished if there children “skip” classes.

literacy rates in algeria is at around 70% men about 80% and women at 60%

any comments or questions


Algerian or Tunisian Sodas : identity of soda booming in France

As you all know Muslims do not drink alcohol so they tend to drink more sodas and Juices. So the question is why not make the sodas instead of consuming them.

In Algeria we have Hamoud Boualem which was founded all the way in 1878. Ifri and so on.

the market for soft drinks has been growing recently in France. Algerians, Tunisians and Moroccans want to rediscover the tastes of their home countries.

They are a few questions remaining.

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Tunisia looks to tourism to heal economy hit by Arab Spring

Tourists take pictures as they tour the medina, the old city of Tunis. Tunisia, the cradle of the Arab Spring, wants to revive its battered tourism industry more than two years after the revolution. Zoubeir Souissi / Reuters

But the real question is Can Tunisia build an economy with innovation and free from coruption.

Tunisia  wants to revive its battered tourism industry more than two years after the uprising and in the face of the euro-zone crisis that has affected the incomes of many Europeans.

While nearly 6 million visitors came to the country last year, up from 4.5 million a year earlier, the number was still 60 per cent less than in 2010, Khaled Fourati, the chief executive of the Continental Hotel in the capital city of Tunis and vice president of Groupe Interprofessionnel du Tourisme, said last month.

After last year’s start of a fragile tourism recovery in the North African country, hotel bookings nosedived again after the assassination of the opposition leader Chokri Belaid on February 6.

“That event has led to a new round of political challenges, and thus the [general economic] recovery will depend heavily on how quickly the government can get back to work,” said Ann Wyman, a senior officer at AfricInvest, a Tunis-based pan-African private equity fund.

Before the killing, “growth predictions for 2013 centred around 3 per cent, with a recovery expected in many sectors”, she said.

Libyans represented two thirds of visitors last year, with Tunisia also depending heavily on guests from France, Germany, England, Spain and Italy.

Package holidays booked from France  by one major tour operator fell by 90 per cent in the week following the killing of Belaid, said Mehdi Allani, who runs Le Sultan, a hotel in Hammamet, 60 kilometres south of Tunis on the Mediterranean.

“These clients are not waiting for change but choosing other destinations,” Mr Allani said.

Tunisia is bidding to transform its tourism industry from being a winter sun destination to attracting more culture seekers, business travellers and those coming for medical treatment as it aims to attract 10 million tourists by 2016. The Tunisian ministry of tourism is organising a national conference on March 28 and has put together a set of targets for the next few years.

Negotiations with the IMF for US$1.78 billion (Dh6.53bn) in funding, which is at an advanced stage, could boost confidence, Ms Wyman said.

“Almost 80 per cent of the tourists come for the sea and the beach in Tunisia, and we are trying to change this for six, seven years, since before the revolution,” says Mr Fourati, whose family has been in the hotel business since 1948 and manages four other hotels along with the Continental across Tunisia.

Despite waning demand, many hotels have resisted cutting their prices because of the rising cost of living.

“Inflation is going up, wages are going up, and we can’t afford to cut prices,” Mr Fourati said.

Thomas Cook, the travel agency, reported its west European business was severely affected by poor performance of the French market because of “lower demand for holidays to the important French-speaking North African destinations”.


The campaign of this year has proven to be better than the one of 2011. The datas report that the exported volumes have increased, as well as the total values. The 2012 production has increased of about 19%.

According to the Tunisian Minister of Agriculture, date exports at the end of July 2012 reached the record amount of 87.600 tons for a total value of 302 millions of DT (equal to 148 millions of euros) while exports in 2011 had been of 73.400 tons, for a value of 255 millions of DT (about 125 millions of euros).
According to the statistics of the Minister, the 2011-12 dates picking has reached 191.000 tons, 135.000 of which are first quality dates of the “Deglet EnNour” kind, the most appreciated variety on foreign markets.

Tunisia: Sakmo group settled in Algeria

La société maghrébine de fabrication de moteurs thermiques, Sakmo, a décidé la « fermeture définitive » de son usine à Sakiet Sidi Youssef, dans le gouvernorat de Kef, et son transfert en Algérie.

Le propriétaire de la société, un homme d’affaires algérien, a justifié, dans une déclaration accordée, mercredi 26 septembre 2012, à Express FM, cette décision par les protestations des habitants de la région et les impacts des grèves irrégulières et non annoncées des employés de l’usine.
La société emploie sur ce site entre 500 et 1000 personnes, dans une superficie d’environ 20 ha dont 32.000 m² couverts, pour la fabrication de moteurs thermiques d’une puissance de 6 à 30 CV.

The company Maghreb thermal engines, Sakmo decided the “final closure” of his factory Sakiet Sidi Youssef, in the governorate of Kef, and his transfer to Algeria . The owner of the company, an Algerian businessman , justified, in a statement given on Wednesday, 26 September 2012, at Express FM, this decision bythe protests of the inhabitants of the region and the impact of irregular and unannounced strikes of factory workers . , the company employs about this site between 500 and 1000 people in an area of about 20 ha of which 32,000 m² are covered, for the manufacture of internal combustion engines with a capacity of 6 to 30 hp.

Samsung Galaxy S3 is finally available in Algeria

The latest addition to the world of Samsung smartphones and the one who is supposed to compete with Apple’s iPhone, I have named the Samsung Galaxy S3 is finally officially available in Algeria.

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Photo Source: Digital Trends

After a teaser on the official Facebook page of Samsung Algeria , the Galaxy S III has finally been announced as available from official resellers Samsung in Algeria.

Three months after its launch , the flagship smartphone of the South Korean firm is now available for sale for the price of 70,200 dinars showrooms in Algiers, Ain Allah, El Biar, and Kouba.

In addition, you can test the Samsung Galaxy S III Shopping Centre Bab Ezzouar in Algiers.

Tunisia asks for $1 bln loan

Tunisia is seeking a $1 billion loan from foreign donors, including the World Bank and the European Union.

The Investment and International Cooperation Minister Riadh Bettaieb said on Friday.

“We are negotiating a loan of more than $1 billion (816 million euros) with the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the European Union,” he said.

The money would be used to finance the budget, after the deficit in the first half of 2012 reached 4.8 percent of GDP and with the likelihood that the official deficit forecast (6.6 percent of GDP over the year) will be surpassed.

The minister, separately, confirmed a strong recovery in foreign direct investment, which rose by nearly 45 percent in the first half of the year, compared with the same period of 2011.

FDI between January and June reached 1.064 billion dinars (around 500 million euros), higher than pre-revolution levels.

Tunisia went into recession last year, following the mass protests that ousted former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, recording negative growth of 1.8 percent.

Despite a tentative recovery this year, the economy remains fragile and unemployment, a key factor behind the revolution, persists.

The government is targeting 4.5 percent GDP growth in 2013, up from the 3.5 percent forecast for this year.

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