Rabat – King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, has launched three humanitarian projects to improve the economic and social conditions of poor women and youth in Kenitra.
The King launched a building project to provide housing for families of fishermen in Mehdia, a center for vocational training and job integration in Sidi Taibi, and a center for vocational training in agricultural logistics in Souk El Arbaa.
With an expected cost of MAD 26 million, the projects reflect the special interest that the King takes in women and youth as crucial stakeholders to maintain social balances and revive the socio-economic dynamic for local and national development, and his unwavering will to offer them a decent and prosperous lifestyle.
MAD 6 million is allocated for the housing project that will provide fishermen’s wives—nearly 250 women yearly—with training in local income-generating trades. The project will ensure supervision and support for the creation of income-generating cooperatives.
The project, which is spread over 12 months, will also offer the women literacy, guidance, socio-educational support, and a daycare that offers preschool education for their children.
Built on a plot of 1,500 square meters, the future facility will contain workshops for culinary arts, sewing, embroidery, knitting, and handicrafts. It will also include classrooms for literacy, computer, tutoring, counselling, and sale of homemade products, as well as a nursery and playground.
The second project, a center for vocational training and job integration in Sidi Taibi, will open new prospects for young people to learn skills to integrate into the job market and improve their living conditions.
The humanitarian project, costing MAD 8 million, seeks to increase access to various tools and means of social and vocational integration. The nearly 400 trainees who will benefit per year will learn from cultural and social activities that instill responsibility and encourage citizenship and voluntary work.
The future center, which will also take 12 months, will be built on an area of 1,200 square meters. It will include workshops for sewing, painting, decoration, electrical building, carpentry, classrooms, meeting rooms, computer rooms, and a library.
As for the center for vocational training in agricultural logistics in Souk El Arbaa, it is the solidarity result of the will of the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity to ensure that youth, primarily dropouts, receive training in sectors that are adapted to the socio-economic nature of the region and to the needs of businesses.
The construction work for the center will take place in a surface area of 5,000 square meters and is scheduled to take 18 months for MAD 12 million. The center will guarantee socio-vocational integration for young people and support the agricultural sector’s development by providing technical, skilled, and competitive labor.
The facility will comprise workshops for technical training (agricultural machinery repair, packaging, industrial refrigeration, industrial maintenance), training rooms (office automation, business management), classrooms, computer and language rooms, and a library. The project will benefit 600 trainees per year.
The center is the fruit of a partnership between the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity and the Office of Vocational Training and Labor Promotion (OFPPT).