World Bank to provide $250 million to Morocco’s educational reform

Morocco’s 2015–2030 Education Reform has received an additional $250 million in financing approval from the World Bank.

The $500 million loan used to launch the educational reform initiative in 2019 was intended to assist Morocco in carrying out a “very ambitious school reform agenda.”

The $250 million program’s goals, according to a news statement from the World Bank, are to boost management accountability and management capacity, increase access to high-quality early childhood education programs, and improve primary and secondary school teaching techniques.

The World Bank noted the program’s successes since its beginning, noting that they have improved the standard of early childhood education, strengthened the capabilities of the teaching staff, and improved administration and governance, notably at the regional level.

The bank’s statement also made clear that the increased funding intends to accomplish the sector’s more ambitious goals while enhancing education’s accessibility and resilience in the post-COVID future.

According to World Bank Senior Education Expert and Program Co-Leader Louise Mengue Mvono, the initiative “will benefit 100,000 children enrolled in preschool units that will acquire a quality label and will create more professionally competent teachers utilizing new pedagogical techniques.”

“10,000 educators will complete a pre-service preschool training program, 10,000 will complete an in-service preschool training, and 12,000 new students will enroll in the first year of the 3-year specialized Bachelor of Education Specialty Cycle (CLE) program for the 2023–24 academic year,” the education specialist continued.

With the extra funding, a new component of the program called Investment Project Financing (IPF) is also included. IPF provides the ministry of national education, preschool, and sports with technical support so they may put forth significant changes that will enhance educational results.

Reforms that help with efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change will also be supported by the program.

“At the global level, the program connects with the World Bank’s strategic objectives by helping alleviate learning poverty across many dimensions and promoting education system resilience and governance,” said Kaliope Azzi-Huck, Senior Operations Officer and Program Co-Leader at the World Bank.

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