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Students learning how to read in a classroom in rural Morocco
Students learning how to read in a classroom in rural Morocco

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 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 Moroccan government and other implementing agencies to improve education quality, as measured by learner performance in early-grade reading, by strengthening the capacity of teachers, school administrators and officials, and by printing and distributing teaching and learning materials.

Image of young Morrocan children working together in a classroom
USAID is working with Morocco’s Ministry of Education to leave behind a teacher training program that will support the continuous professional development of teachers.


Impacts in this sector include:

  • Within less than six months from being integrated into targeted classrooms around the country, USAID Morocco’s Reading for Success - Small-Scale Experimentation activity is already contributing to positive improvements in children’s reading abilities.
  • Since the beginning of 2016, USAID Morocco has taught a new innovative reading approach to 5,737 first grade students.
  • Since the beginning of 2016, USAID Morocco has helped train 181 teachers in teaching the new reading lessons in their classrooms.

Last updated: September 19, 2016

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