Morocco - Quality Basic Education Support Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 30 Nov 2000
Signature Date 30 May 2001
Planned Completion Date 30 Dec 2008
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2008
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 25,122,770.06
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Project for Supporting Quality Basic Education was identified in 1997 and prepared under the Social Priorities Program, known as BAJ. The project constitutes a significant effort for the generalization of basic education in Morocco. It provides an appropriate response to the problems that affect the qualitative development of the Moroccan education system through the creation of the National Institute for Research and Pedagogical Development. The project covers rural areas at the national level. By focusing on the rural areas, it intends to contribute to the alleviation of poverty through the quality basic education that will be provided to children, girls and boys, who otherwise would have been deprived of it, in order to enable them to acquire the basic knowledge necessary for their harmonious integration into society. The project will contribute to reducing the inequalities in access to basic education that still affect the populations, particularly women, in rural and peri-urban areas of the country while promoting the effective participation of local authorities in financing and to the management of basic education. The interventions will be spread out over a period of four years, around the following components: (i) Extension of the network of colleges in rural areas; (ii) Support to the quality of education and educational innovations; (iii) Strengthening the project executing agency.

Project Objectives

The project will contribute to the development of national human resources. Its specific objectives are, on the one hand, to increase schooling and retention rates and, on the other hand, to reduce drop-out rates and repetition, at the level of the second cycle of basic education in rural areas.


The main beneficiaries of the project will be the approximately 13,000 young people admitted each year in the 6th AF, from rural areas, and especially girls, who wish to access the second cycle every year and cannot do so, currently for lack of a nearby college. A total of 40,000 young people from rural areas will be able to attend school annually in the 2nd cycle of the fundamentals thanks to the project. More generally, all elementary and high school students who will benefit from the revised curricula and textbooks will also benefit from the spinoffs of the project. The 900 directors and 8,000 college teachers trained in the project will also benefit as their performance is improved.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Morocco


IATI identifier 46002-P-MA-IA0-002
Last Update 09 Dec 2022


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Geographic Location

Country Morocco
Coordinates Location Name
32 -6 Morocco