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Morocco

The Context
The economic growth model of the last two decades seen in Morocco has changed dramatically. These days, nobody can contest the country’s economic and social achievements, including eradicating extreme poverty,  GDP growth, and facilitating the general access to primary education. All the efforts made by the state and local private companies to help the country grow and develop were highlighted by both national and international organizations’ analyses of the situation in Morocco.

However, these efforts did not translate into a substantial productivity increase despite all the infrastructure achievements. Digital inclusion remains a crucial obstacle to socio-economic development, preventing the Moroccan population from improving their living standards and becoming more productive. And although the incorporation of ICTs remains a challenge,  the country is working hard to change this situation.

ST Foundation’s Presence
In 2004, the Foundation decided to launch the DU Program to assist the country’s development. After the first partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sport, many others followed throughout the years. In May 2015, thanks to the cumulative support of the different stakeholders, we reached a significant milestone: over 100,000 courses beneficiaries since the activity’s inception. A special ceremony was organized at the ST site of Bouskoura, near Casablanca, to celebrate the occasion. The details for this event are available on the dedicated page.

The positive trend’s activities were stopped by Covid 19, which severely altered every initiative. It’s only since September 2020 that the Foundation has gradually but steadily reopened its centers wherever possible. The reopening was subject to strict recommendations to protect trainers and students and more in detail: ​

  • The groups of participants are reduced to one participant per desk. ​
  • Sanitary kits are distributed to all trainers to ensure maximum protection (mask, visor, gel, and hydroalcoholic solution to disinfect the equipment). ​
  • Use a mixed approach in some centers, providing the course’s theoretical part remotely using video conferencing platforms while organizing a face-to-face session for practical work.​

Throughout 2021 the courses continued with periodic suspensions following the evolution of the sanitary crisis. With the beginning of 2022,  the activities are resuming everywhere, and we have reached over 179,000 beneficiaries since the DU Program-s inception.