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Joyce Rafla

Research Scientist, ECDEC

Joyce is passionate about early childhood education in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Her commitment to improving learning experiences for children in Egypt led her to a broader journey to serve children in various low- and middle-income countries. She is currently leading a study to assess the impact of a phone-delivered parenting program for Syrian and Jordanian caregivers in Jordan. This study is part of a larger set of studies under the  the Ahlan Simsim project. She is specifically interested in religious socialization of children.

Prior to joining TIES, Joyce worked in different fields within education where she gained experience in education policy and practice within the MENA region. Joyce was a consultant for USAID-funded projects in Egypt, has experience working in teacher training and was the youngest member of the President Sisi’s Council for Education & Scientific Research.

Rafla holds a Master of Education (Ed.M.) in Language & Literacy from Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) with a focus on early childhood education and assessment; a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Development from Teachers College (TC), Columbia University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the American University in Cairo (AUC).