UN: Morocco building better inclusive & quality educational system
Morocco is overhauling its education system to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and the objectives of the New Development Model, said on Monday in New York, Head of Govt. Aziz Akhannouch.
Thanks to the Royal guidance, Morocco has accomplished major strides in the reform of the education system which helped to improve the skills of students and performance of teachers, said Mr. Akhannouch at the UN Summit on Transforming Education organized on the sidelines of 77th UN General Assembly.
Morocco has elaborated an inclusive roadmap for the reform of the education system for the next four years to ensure quality learning and leaving no one behind, while improving conditions in the classroom and building modern and open educational institutions, added the Prime Minister.
Morocco seeks to achieve three goals by 2026: reducing by one third the school dropout rates, increasing by 70% the number of students with basic skills and doubling the number of students who benefited from extracurricular activities to develop their talents beyond schools, said Mr. Akhannouch.
To achieve these goals, the government is committed to associate all stakeholders and allocate the necessary funding in addition to the participation of international partners, he stressed.
For his part, Education minister Chakib Benmoussa took part over the weekend in NY at a high-level event organized by Morocco and UNICEF under the theme: “Investing in school health and nutrition to transform education and the lives of young people”.
Morocco, he said, has made outstanding efforts to strengthen the students’ health and nutrition programs and social support, especially for those living in rural areas.
The goal of a student nutrition program is to ensure that students who are at risk for poor nutritional intake have access to safe, adequate and nutritious food during the school day. Student nutrition programs provide nutritious meals and snacks to students to give them the nutrients and energy they need to be ready to learn.
Morocco has taken several initiatives to combat school dropouts and encourage learners to stay in schools, said the minister, citing in this regard the royal initiative “one million school bags”, providing accommodation, transportation, direct financial assistance to families of students…
Benmoussa called for more investment in students’ nutrition and health programs for better future of young generations, stressing the need to consolidate South-South and triangular cooperation to contribute to the transformation of education.
The Transforming Education Summit was held in New York Sept.16, 17 & 19 in response to a global crisis in education – one of equity and inclusion, quality and relevance.
Often unseen, this crisis is having a devastating impact on the future of children and youth worldwide. The Summit provided a unique opportunity to elevate education to the top of the global political agenda and to mobilize action, ambition, solidarity and solutions to recover pandemic-related learning losses and sow the seeds to transform education in a rapidly changing world.