The Partnership Program for Higher Education in Morocco (HEP-M), between the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research and the United States Agency for International Development ( USAID), was launched on Wednesday in Rabat in the presence of a panoply of academic, political and diplomatic figures.
This program, with a budget of $ 5 million, will contribute to strengthening the efforts made by the ministry for the implementation of framework law 51-17 on education, training and scientific research, especially the section relating to the initial training of primary education teachers.
The HEP-M program will be implemented over the next five years by Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, in conjunction with universities and regional education and training centers. training (CRMEFs).
As part of this partnership, Moroccan universities will benefit from support in terms of strengthening their institutional capacities, as well as upgrading their human resources for the implementation of the new initial training program for primary teachers. “License en Éducation” within the CRMEFs.
Likewise, teachers will be equipped with skills to improve their teaching practices and meet the learning needs of students.
Speaking at the official launch ceremony, the Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, government spokesperson, Saaid Amzazi highlighted the need to develop skills teachers of the primary cycle and initiate them in distance learning techniques, as well as new information and communication technologies (NICT).
In this regard, the Minister highlighted the particularity of the profile of the primary school teacher, explaining that it must be multidisciplinary and versatile.
Mr. Amzazi underlined the establishment of the cycle of license in education for the graduates wishing to integrate the field of education, specifying that this license allows the continuation of the qualification in the regional centers of the trades of education and training and in educational institutions for a period of two years.
In addition, the government official commended the fruitful cooperation between the ministry and USAID, adding that this program comes within the framework of the prospects for reform of the education system.
For his part, the Deputy Minister in charge of higher education and scientific research, Driss Ouaouicha affirmed that primary school teachers represent the basis of the education system, welcoming the efforts made by USAID within the framework of this program. for the promotion of primary education.
The official noted that this is a bilateral cooperation between Morocco and the United States, aiming to benefit the Kingdom from the American experience in the field of educational sciences and help the Kingdom to raise the educational challenges of the 21 st century.
For his part, US Ambassador to Morocco David Fisher said the Morocco Higher Education Partnership Program will lay the groundwork for a new system of training the trainers, providing the Kingdom with a new generation of ‘highly qualified teachers.