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Students attend a workshop at USAID Career Center
August 9, 2019

Young Moroccans constitute over 10 million of the 35 million total population and 80 percent of the unemployed in the country. Surprisingly, unemployment rates rise sharply by educational attainment – ranging from just 4.7 percent for labor force participants with no education to over 23 percent for university graduates. While job growth cannot keep pace with youth entering the job market, many graduates also lack the ability to communicate effectively with employers and find jobs commensurate with their education. At the same time, employers complain of skills shortages and mismatches. Without career guidance in higher and vocational education institutions, youth lose the opportunity to make informed choices about career trajectories, with minimal prospects for advancement.

A girl puts her knowledge to the test during an in-class exercise
August 9, 2019

A lack of education perpetuates poverty, limits job opportunities, and strains the overall social support system. USAID is working in close partnership with the Ministry of Education to support their ambitious reform efforts by developing an evidence base to design activities that improve reading skills of Moroccan primary school students.

USAID aims to contribute to narrowing the gap between supply and demand of skilled labor and boost youth employability in the heavy-duty machinery sector
August 8, 2019

In Morocco, 30 percent of the population is between 15 and 29 years old and the number of people reaching working age is increasing. But despite that fact, companies struggle to find employees. This is due to the severe deficit of marketable skills, which affects the whole region and plagues the operation and productivity of industrial sectors. In order to maintain economic growth, security, and stability, it is of paramount importance to respond to this problem and to close the skills gap, thereby creating employment for the youth, reducing poverty, and fostering wealth creation. 

May 21, 2019

Learning to read is an overwhelming task for Moroccan children who have consistently ranked among the worst performers in international reading tests. Teaching reading is no easy task for the teachers either. For years, Moroccans struggled to find an efficient way to facilitate the teaching-learning process.

May 21, 2019

Atika is a first grade teacher at Dar Kayd Ali primary school in a rural village at the foot of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Until recently, Atika struggled to make reading instruction interesting for her students. With memorization being the norm, her students recited texts, often by heart instead of with comprehension. She realized her students were unable to read new words aloud. Atika’s frustration grew daily as she saw the perplexed expression on her students’ faces when asked to identify letters or decode words.

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Last updated: December 22, 2020

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