The Northern Initiative for Human Development (INDH), in partnership with the Regional Academy for Education and Training, will build 70 new preschools across the northern region of Morocco this year.
The 70 new preschools will benefit 2 590 children, in areas that currently have little preschool infrastructure.
The INDH project is estimated at MAD 28 million ($2.8 miilion), and will build 18 preschools in Chefchaouen, 14 in Ouezzane, 7 in Al Hoceima and the other across Tangier, Asilah, Tetouan, Mdiq-Fnideq and Fahs Anjra.
The preschools are part of a long-running INDH project to promote access to preschool education in Morocco, launched in 2005 by the King to promote access to health, cultural, social and political rights by all Moroccans.
One of the goals of the project is to fight poverty in the rural areas of Morocco.
The project is now in its third phase (2019-2023), valued at MAD 18 billion ($185 million), which will be used towards projects in rural areas.
According to a November 2018 UNICEF report, 60.2% of preschool aged Moroccan children in urban areas go to preschool. In rural areas 35.7% to go preschool.