Rabat – On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, Mr. Saaïd Amzazi, Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mr. Driss Ouaouicha, Minister Delegate in charge of  Higher Education and Scientific Research, His excellency Mr. David T. Fischer, U.S. Ambassador, presided the ceremony of the official kick-off of the activities of the Higher Education Partnership – Morocco (HEP-M).

This $5 million program initiative, which is the fruit of over a decade of strong partnership efforts between the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will contribute to strengthening the Ministry’s efforts in implementing the Education Bill “Loi Cadre” 51-17 related to Education, Training and Scientific Research, particularly the section about the initial training of primary school teachers.

The HEP-M program will be implemented over the next four years by Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, working with universities, and teacher training institutions (CRMEFs) across Morocco, along with the aid of experienced technical assistance and private sector agencies.

HEP-M partners will support the Moroccan universities in enhancing their institutional and human capacity to deliver the new undergraduate primary teacher pre-service program at CRMEFs, which will equip new teachers with the skills necessary to improve their teaching practices and meet the learning needs of primary school students.

Over a decade of U.S. Government- Morocco Government partnership, the U.S. Government is still proud to support the Moroccan Government’s commitment to educational reform through a wide range of education programs that promote children’s literacy in early grades, provide Moroccan youth with opportunities to acquire workforce skills, and improve the quality of education through strengthening teacher preparation and professional development. The United States’ current investment in programs to strengthen the Moroccan education system totals over $250 million.

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