Although more than 95 percent of school-aged children in Morocco are now enrolled in primary school, the education system in Morocco faces significant challenges. Drop-out rates are still high and only 53 percent of students enrolled in middle school continue on to high school and less than 15 percent of first grade students are likely to graduate from high school. Low levels of daily attendance, teacher absenteeism, and a multi-lingual environment (this is correct) at school contribute to the low literacy rates in Morocco. Those unable to complete a high school education have far fewer employment opportunities.
Given these statistics, Morocco has undertaken an ambitious reform program to increase access to education and improve the performance of the education system. USAID partners with the Ministry of Education in support of this plan through activities that improve the quality of teaching and learning in middle schools. We are working to improve and adapt official teacher-training materials, and develop remedial reading programs to help raise educational achievement and curb dropout rates.
Impacts in this sector include:
- 1,937 teachers, including 830 women who participated in USAID-developed training modules, are now applying new teaching methodologies in classrooms nationwide;
- 2,400 students in two pilot regions received training in the skills necessary to enter the work force and established student organizations to support improvements in school performance; and
- USAID is now implementing school development projects in 197 schools to help improve learning.
Last updated: October 17, 2014