Rabat - UK’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, Karen Betts, today attended an informal ceremony at the Hay Nahda training centre at which she presented a collection of books to teachers on the Moroccan Baccalaureate – English Option programme.
Rabat – UK’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, Karen Betts, today attended an informal ceremony at the Hay Nahda training centre at which she presented a collection of books to teachers on the Moroccan Baccalaureate – English Option programme.
The UK Embassy gifted collections of fiction for students and reference books for the five schools participating in the programme.
The ceremony was also attended by Mr Belqasmi the Secretary General of the Ministry for National Education, Fouad Chafiqi, Director of Curriculum and Gwyneth Gallen, Deputy Director of the British Council Morocco.
The Ambassador told teachers that they were pioneering an innovative new approach to education in Morocco and that she applauded them for being so motivated and enthusiastic.
“My mother was a teacher and that’s where I got my love for reading and passion for education. What you’re doing is so important for your students and the future of Morocco,” she added.
The Ambassador told the teachers of maths, physics, science, IT and English that she always loved reading when she was younger and that she wished she had more time to read now.
The Ambassador also paid tribute to the Ministry for launching the English Option Bac last year. “It was a brave and brilliant decision, introducing these changes, gradually and in such a focussed approach. By introducing English as a language of instruction into the public system slowly and properly, I am sure you will succeed and that is exceptionally important for Morocco’s future.”
Teachers from the five pilot schools were attending three days of workshops at Hay Nahda training centre organised and delivered by British Council trainers. The Ministry for National Education recently renewed its partnership with the British Council on the English Option Bac.
This is year two of the programme which is being piloted in five schools in Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier and Tetouan. Teachers of maths, physics, science and IT are teaching up to 50% of their lessons in English. They follow the Moroccan syllabus, and students receive the remainder of their lessons in Arabic. British Council Morocco is supporting the teachers by providing language and pedagogical training; all the teachers on the programme are Moroccan and will be receiving face-to-face and online training from the British Council over coming months.
Gwyneth Gallen, deputy Director of the British Council, Morocco: “The British Council is extremely happy to be working with the Ministry on the English Option Bac programme. Our collaboration is key to its success and we look forward to continuing to provide the support which is needed to train Moroccan teachers with new and innovative ways of teaching through English. Congratulations to the Ministry for taking the courageous and astute steps to introducing this new approach gradually.”