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### Paris Commits €130 Million to Support Education Reform in Morocco

APA-Rabat (Morocco) France and Morocco Collaborate to Enhance Inclusive Quality Education

Morocco has received a €130 million loan from the Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) to support the reform of its national education system from 2022 to 2026. This financial assistance signifies a robust partnership between France and Morocco with the goal of enhancing access to quality education for all individuals.

In a significant development, two agreements were inked on Monday between AFD and the Moroccan Ministry of the Economy and Finance. These agreements encompass a €130 million loan and a €4.7 million grant aimed at providing technical assistance for the program supporting the roadmap for the reform of the national education system during the specified period.

The initiative funded by AFD is designed to elevate the standard of education, particularly by enhancing the teaching of French at the secondary school level, and to diminish the rate of school dropouts, especially in rural regions, through the implementation of the pioneer colleges model and the enhancement of social support services.

Furthermore, the objective is to mitigate educational discrepancies and ensure equal opportunities for all students.

As per the roadmap outlined by the Moroccan Ministry of National Education, Preschool, and Sports, this program, executed by the Regional Education and Training Agencies (AREF), is poised to address educational inequalities. The primary aim is to decrease the school dropout rate by 30 percent, with a specific focus on the most underprivileged areas.