Morocco - The National Education Emergency Support Programme

Project Summary

Approval Date 31 Mar 2009
Signature Date 08 May 2009
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2012
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2011
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11110
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 59,294,631.07
Status Completion

Project General Description

The National Education Emergency Programme was designed by the Moroccan Government with the support of its development partners, including the African Development Bank (ADB) Group. This four-year programme covers the 2009-2012 period and concerns the country’s entire education and training system. It supports the efforts of the Moroccan Government in skills development and poverty reduction under the National Human Development Initiative (NHDI), as well as the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015. In this light, the envisaged programme focuses on extending education and training opportunities, improving its internal and external performance, as well as better management of the human, financial and material resources made available to the supervisory Ministry. The main expected programme outcomes are: (i) reform of the education and training system so that it can meet development needs; (ii) compulsory school enrolment up to age 15, (iii) promotion of initiative and excellence in qualifying secondary and higher education; (iv) completion of decentralization, and (v) rational management of resources and introduction of a culture of results-based management. The Bank supports this programme with a budget support of two successive tranches of EUR 37 million and EUR 38 million in 2009 and 2010 respectively.

Project Objectives

The Programme purpose is to accelerate the implementation of reform resulting from the National Education and Training Charter (CNEF) by consolidating gains and making the necessary readjustments. The specific objective of the Emergency Programme is to make education available to all and improve the quality of teaching and performance of the education system.


The direct beneficiaries are pupils and students, the teaching, administrative and service staff, as well as the central and decentralized structures of the Ministry for National Education, Higher Education, Management Training and Scientific Research. According to MENESFCRS projections, school enrolment which in 2007 stood at 6 024 721 pupils and students in primary and qualifying secondary and college education, and 272 518 students in higher education, will be nearly 2,046,330 pupils in primary education, 1 540 008 students in colleges in 2012, and 400 000 students in higher education in 2011. With regard to teachers, their total number in 2007 was 248 910 and that of administrative supervisory staff 37 560 in schools (primary, qualifying secondary and colleges).

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Morocco
Ministère de l’Education Nationale, de l’Enseignement Supérieur, de la Formation des Cadres et de la Recherche Scientifique
Government of Morocco


IATI identifier 46002-P-MA-IAZ-003
Last Update 24 Mar 2023


Geographic Location

Country Morocco
Coordinates Location Name
32 -6 Morocco