PM announces further Canadian support for Morocco’s education system

Rabat, Morocco
27 January 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today that Canada is providing further support for education reforms in Morocco through new development projects aimed at improving basic education standards and ensuring young people have the skills and knowledge necessary to secure jobs.

“Canada values its long-standing relationship with Morocco and is proud to support the country’s efforts to modernize its education system and strengthen its economy,” said Prime Minister Harper.  “The support announced today will increase the opportunities for young people to participate in Morocco’s growing economy.”

The new funding will support two education reform projects aligned with the Government of Morocco’s National Human Development Initiative.

Canada’s support for the School Management in Morocco project will improve the quality of basic education for boys and girls by training 9,000 school principals in effective ways to make schools more responsive and accountable to local needs.

In addition, Canada’s contribution to the Competency-Based Approach in Education project will support efforts to make Morocco’s skills-training programs more responsive to employer needs.  The objective is to increase the employment rate of graduates to 75 per cent from the current 55 per cent.

Canada’s support will secure a better future for Morocco’s children and youth and strengthen sustainable economic growth in the country.