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EIB finances 150 schools in rural areas of Morocco

Written by Eric Apim on Thursday, February 17th 2022 à 15:50 | Read 294 times

The EIB supports an investment programme for schools in rural Morocco (photo: F.Dubessy)
The EIB supports an investment programme for schools in rural Morocco (photo: F.Dubessy)
MOROCCO. On Tuesday 15 February 2022, the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced its participation in a programme to build 150 community schools and their ancillary infrastructure in rural areas of Morocco. The Bank is providing a €102.5m loan to complement a €23.30m European Union budget, comprising a €14m investment grant and €9.3m of technical assistance to support the implementation of the project.

"This funding is in addition to a contribution from the general state budget of around €100m," explains Nadia Fettah Alaoui. The Moroccan Minister of Economy and Finance said that "this programme is perfectly in line with the Moroccan government's strategic vision for the education sector, which aims to improve the sector's overall performance until 2030". For Chakib Benmoussa, Moroccan Minister of National Education, "the community school model has demonstrated its importance and effectiveness in several regions of Morocco and has significantly improved success rates in these areas and lowered dropout rates."

Inclusion of girls and equal opportunities

This rural schooling programme is part of the reform of the education sector (2015-2030), whose objectives are to strengthen equity in access to education throughout the country by focusing on the inclusion of girls and equal opportunities. But also to develop quality education and to welcome pupils in appropriate conditions.

"Equal opportunities must be available to all children, girls and boys. This is why rural areas are a priority in this programme to build 150 community schools, which will be equipped with modern infrastructure and equipment, and qualified human resources," comments Patricia Pilar Llombart Cussac, the European Union's ambassador to Morocco.

"The education sector remains a major priority for Morocco. As such, we are proud to provide our expertise to improve access and quality of education throughout the country. With this new programme, we are helping to train future generations," said Flavia Palanza, Director of EIB operations in the EU's neighbouring countries.

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