Education And Social Advancement In Morocco

More must be done to provide Morocco's young people with the skills they need to succeed.

King Mohammed VI recently said more must be done to provide Morocco’s young people with the skills they need to succeed.

(NAPSI)—Removing party politics from education policy and providing young people with the training needed to succeed in a modern economy…these are but two of the issues addressed by King Mohammed VI in a recent speech in Morocco. The speech touched on a range of issues related to education and social advancement.

“Why is it,” the King asked, “that so many of our young people cannot fulfill their legitimate professional, material and social aspirations?”

More Must Be Done

The King recognized the passion of Moroccan parents for educating their children, as well as the steps that Morocco has already taken to improve its education system. But he noted that more must be done—and done more quickly—to provide the skills, training and knowledge needed to prepare Moroccan youth for the success that will benefit their families, their communities and the country as a whole.

King Mohammed VI candidly acknowledged a gap in quality between public and private education in Morocco. He also noted a shortage of skilled workers capable of achieving success in “Morocco’s new professions and areas of employment” and stressed the need for proficiency in foreign languages, as well as for vocational training in marketable skills.

Building On Past Successes

The King underscored the importance of removing politics from education policy in order to maintain a steady course of improvement by building on past successes.

“It hardly makes sense,” the King said, “for each government to come with a new plan every five years and disregard previous programs.”

Promoting A Dignified Life

The King also spoke of another revolution, which he is spearheading, “with a view to developing human resources, achieving economic and social progress, and promoting a dignified life for our citizens.” He said it would be a “long, arduous journey ahead…to enable [education] to actually play its role as an engine for the achievement of economic and social advancement.”

Recently, the King directed Morocco’s Higher Council for Education to carry out an evaluation of the achievements of the country’s National Charter for Education and Training over the past 10 years.

He also called for “a broad-based, constructive debate on all the major issues of concern to the nation, in order to achieve the tangible results Moroccans are looking forward to.”

This information is provided by Beckerman on behalf of the government of Morocco. Further information is available at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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