In Morocco, governments have taken several initiatives to promote the principle of lifelong learning, which is part of the education project, one of the Kingdom’s first priorities, said HM King Mohammed VI, just after his accession to the throne more than two decades ago. A choice that is of course necessary as education remains a cornerstone in the commitment to social values, just as it is and remains the precious sesame of economic prosperity.
Today, Rabat confirmed its effective adherence to the principle of lifelong learning by hosting the seventh UNESCO International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII). The commitment is also reflected, as the Sovereign clearly underlined in a June 15 speech at the launch of the conference, through the integration of the cities of Chefchaouen and Benguerir into the global network of learning cities, as well as through UNESCO’s allocation to Morocco chair.
The Morocco of the second chances
The new generation second chance school is also an example of the projects that the state has set up to combat social exclusion and early school leaving. “This program, which aims to educate and catch up with young adolescents, has enabled the integration of more than 25,000 children into schools,” said Higher Education Minister Abdellatif Miraoui, who called on universities to transform themselves into institutions at CONFINTEA VII. for lifelong learning and training places for both young people and adults.
For example, the Minister of Education, Kindergarten and Sports, Mr Chakib Benmoussa, pointed out the importance of developing a new roadmap “the Marrakech Action Plan”, calling on all parties concerned to show their commitment to the development of adult education and lifelong learning in the service of the SDGs by 2030. A commitment that would make not only educational institutions, but also investors, who should be an engine of growth for this essential project for the development of not only society, but also and above all the economy. Especially since lifelong education suffers from harmful underinvestment, as almost half of the countries invest only 2% or less of the total education budgets in this area.
African Institute of Learning
The conference was also marked by the signing of an agreement on the establishment of the African Institute for Lifelong Learning. An initiative of the Sovereign, which shows that Morocco wants to step up a gear in this area.
In concrete terms, this institute has the task of developing and strengthening the capacities of institutions, actors and partners in the field of lifelong learning, in particular in the field of learning cities, the sharing of knowledge, resources and instruments for adult learning and education, as well as the development of exchanges and cooperation between African learning cities.
The innovation in this approach is to rely on a range of organizations that already exist in Morocco and in the rest of the continent, and are active today in the field of adult education and lifelong learning.
Chakib Benmoussa indicated that these organizations “by pooling their know-how and sharing innovative practices can create an exchange between African countries and establish peer training to support the needs expressed at the lowest cost and in a flexible way.” this area in many African countries”.