Morocco pledges to fight illiteracy in the country

The Ministry of Habus and Islamic Affairs is developing projects through mosques and the media

 -   Aziz Akhannouch, Prime Minister of Morocco

Morocco remains committed to its fight against illiteracy in the country, especially in the more rural and rural areas of the territory. As reported by the digital newspaper La Vanguardia, Morocco collected data from 2015 where it was reported that more than ten million people suffered from this problem, so for several years now the nation's governments have been focusing on this issue.

The Ministry of Habus and Islamic Affairs has prepared a report in which it is developing several projects to teach new methods for correcting the situation. These innovative programmes, according to the ministry itself, have emerged from a collaboration between authorities specialising in education and scientific research, who will be in charge of the projects. Their main aim is to include basic knowledge of concepts, content search aids and to facilitate educational stimulation.

It is hoped that these projects will be expanded during the year to prepare the areas that suffer most from illiteracy for its complete eradication. For twenty years now, a number of projects have been carried out involving the expansion of knowledge in mosques and also through the media, mainly through television and the Internet. Also, it is estimated that more than 10,000 education teachers have participated in these programmes and have committed themselves to helping eliminate illiteracy by providing private tutoring.  


The education programmes are aimed at people who have not been able to have any education or for those who had to drop out of education at an early age for various reasons. Therefore, the ministry has presented an action plan to carry out the necessary reforms that focus on building a flexible system that will mark a turning point in this process. Its main idea is to break the gender gap and raise awareness among men that they too can study despite the various problems and stereotypes they encounter along the way.

The ministry, in turn, has published data on where this situation is most prevalent. They report that 96.1% of the people benefiting from these programmes and grants are all women, and it is stressed that 45% of them live in more rural areas. It is also reported that this problem is not only for younger people, as there are many older people who have not been able to receive a full education. The published data adds that 60% of the population who have enrolled in the different programmes developed by the government are under 49 years of age, so it is estimated that 40% of them are over the age of 50. 

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It is mostly women who suffer the most from this type of problem and are therefore the main beneficiaries of this aid. The former Moroccan government revealed that they are more motivated to attend classes and learn, and that over the last year, they have accounted for 70% of the almost four million people who have benefited from literacy programmes.

While these figures are increasingly being eradicated and teaching people is on the rise, the pandemic has brought a serious crisis to teaching. Due to the shift from face-to-face to distance and online learning, it has caused several problems because, especially in rural areas, access to the internet or the devices needed to connect to classrooms is very limited. But the coronavirus has not been able to stop this process and so the Ministry has developed applications such as "Alpha Nour" and "Alpha Taahil" for students to continue their education. Also, for those who have difficulty accessing the internet, several classes have been programmed on the Assadissa television channel to continue the literacy process.