Reading for Success - National Program for Reading

Two Moroccan students reading from their textbooks
Two students practice sounding out letters in their textbooks
Creative for USAID


  • Implementing Partners:
    • Creative Associates International
    • Management Sciences International
    • Oregon State University
  • Host-Country Partners:
    • Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research
    • Al Akhawayn University
  • Budget: Approximately $19.3 Million
  • Duration: 2017-2022


Morocco has achieved nearly universal access to education in the last decade, with net enrollment rates in grade one surpassing 97 percent. However, this seemingly positive statistic hides many challenges that students face in achieving long-term academic success, particularly in terms of early grade reading performance. In 2015, seven out of ten first grade students in Morocco could not read at grade level. A recent study identified insufficient teacher training and the absence of supplementary reading materials as two of the main factors that prevent students from becoming successful, independent readers.


In 2015, USAID partnered with the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research to launch the 30-month Reading for Success – Small-Scale Experimentation activity to develop and test the most effective approaches to strengthen students’ Arabic reading skills in targeted primary schools. With the positive results from the pilot phase, and building on the data, evidence, and lessons learned, the Ministry of Education has decided to implement this approach in grades 1-4 in all public elementary schools nationwide.

USAID is supporting the national scale-up of the Reading for Success program by:

  • Developing a new Arabic language curriculum for grades 1-4 based on the phonetics approach and highly-interactive activities.
  • Training teachers on the best practices and teaching methods
  • Creating remedial and extra-curricular reading activities to be implemented in schools and community centers
  • Increasing family awareness of the importance of reading for their children’s future
  • Designing and conducting Morocco-specific student reading and writing assessments for grades 1 and 2.


  • New reading approach implemented in all public schools across all 12 regions of Morocco.
  • All public school teachers in grades 1-4 trained in the new reading and writing teaching methods.
  • Community engagement strengthened through expanded school and community-based remedial and extra-curricular activities.
  • Children in grade 1-4 reading at grade level with comprehension.




Last updated: June 25, 2018

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