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Thursday 22 October 2020

Morocco Reacted 'Very Early' to Covid-19 Pandemic - Minister of National Education

Morocco Reacted 'Very Early' to Covid-19 Pandemic - Minister of National Education

Like many countries around the world, Morocco has reacted "very early" to the Covid-19 pandemic by suspending all in-person learning when the first cases appeared in the Kingdom last March, said Thursday Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Saaid Amzazi.

"Faced with the urgent need to maintain at all costs a pedagogical continuity for ten million pupils and students, huge efforts have been undertaken to replace face-to-face teaching by distance learning," the minister said in remarks on the occasion of the World Summit on Education of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

This action has taken various forms including digital education platforms and virtual classrooms, said Amzazi. Morocco has also used recorded courses that were broadcast on television and radio to enable students who had no access to distance learning to continue their education, the minister added.

The ministry has also devised school booklets that have been distributed free of charge to these pupils, he underlined, stressing that the Covid-19 crisis has generated learning inequalities among students, which are being assessed.

"This crisis has given us an opportunity to experiment new pedagogical approaches such as smaller classes, developing self-learning, integrating new information and communications technology in teaching, and rethinking the role of the teacher as a facilitator, a guide and a supervisor," Amzazi explained.

This experience has also highlighted the important role of the family in supervising the child, the minister added, stressing that such experiences will enable the Kingdom to develop a more resilient, more inclusive and more collaborative model of school.

During this virtual High-level Summit of the UNESCO, Head of Government Saad Dine El Otmani highlighted Morocco's approach aimed at protecting the education system from the effects of Covid-19 and guaranteeing the continuity of learning.

Held in partnership with the governments of Ghana, Norway and the United Kingdom, this event provides a platform for exchange between high-level political leaders, ministers, policy makers, multilateral organizations, development partners and global education stakeholders to protect and rethink education in the current and post-Covid-19 world.

MAP 22 October 2020