Morocco needs to train 200,000 qualified teachers to ensure a sufficient supply of educators by 2030.

In 2017, the Moroccan Ministry of Education (MOE) launched the national strategy for training educational staff to ensure there will be a sufficient supply of well-qualified teachers by 2030. The MOE is addressing this need by (1) designing and accrediting a bachelor’s degree in education, (2) building on pre-service teacher training at universities and regional training centers, and (3) promoting educational research in universities and training centers.

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However, an initial analysis on the status of teacher training and higher education indicates that the current pre-service teacher training programs have not been based on international best practices for effective teacher preparation.

USAID RESPONSE

In 2019, USAID began partnering with the MOE to launch the five-year Higher Education Partnership for Morocco (HEP-M) program. The HEP-M program aims to assist the MOE in the implementation of a then-newly adopted law designed to improve pre-service training. USAID supports the Higher Education Partnership for Morocco by:

  • Building expertise for higher education pre-service teacher training.
  • Helping to develop a comprehensive undergraduate degree pathway to prepare teachers to teach in primary school.
  • Enhancing institutional and human capacity at Moroccan universities to deliver the new bachelor’s degree.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • Create a sustainable Moroccan higher education pool of experts for primary teaching to enhance quality pre-service teacher training in Morocco.
  • Improve content and delivery mechanisms for primary teacher preparation.
  • Strengthen the capacity of key actors in universities and teacher training centers to deliver quality pre-service teacher training.
  • Develop an enhanced learning and research agenda for teachers, universities, and Regional Teacher Training Centers.

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