Morocco and the World Bank have signed an agreement formalizing the World Bank’s $500 million loan to fund Morocco’s 2015-2030 Education Support Program.
Rabat – The Minister for Economy and Finance, Mohamed Benchaaboun, and the World Bank Country Director for the Maghreb, Marie-Françoise Marie-Nelly, signed the agreement on July 11.
The World Bank announced its intention to support Morocco’s preschool education system reform program on June 2.
“This new program will reinforce the efficiency of the education sector by improving access to preschool education,” Mare-Nelly stated in a press release.
While Morocco promotes free universal preschool access to all children, only 50% of children aged four to five currently attend preschool, noted the World Bank.
Rectifying the issue requires a targeted intervention, the organization adds.
The intervention includes training 20,000 preschool teachers and supporting them while they integrate into the education system, and throughout their careers. The program includes online training for teachers and a streamlined teacher recruitment and placement process.
Finally, the program will reinforce the education system management program. Data will be stored electronically so that information on preschool education can be added to the Moroccan national database for education statistics (MASSAR).
According to the World Bank, the new program is “based on Moroccan authorities’ vision for a ‘new Moroccan schooling system,’ where children are ready to learn, teachers are better prepared to teach, and the system is overall more efficient in supporting the teaching and learning process.”
At the signing ceremony, Marie-Nelly congratulated Morocco’s preparation of the program, noting its ambition to set the Moroccan education system on an “upwards and sustainable trajectory,” reports Moroccan news source Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).