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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 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, despite all the infrastructure achievements, these efforts did not translate into a substantial productivity increase. Digital inclusion remains a crucial obstacle to socio-economic development, preventing the Moroccan population from improving their living standards and becoming more productive. Although the incorporation of ICTs remains challenging,  the country is working harder than ever to change this situation. The pandemic outbreak has demonstrated the great importance of having the chance to stay connected.

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-course 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. With the normalization of the sanitary situation, the Foundation has gradually but steadily reopened its centers wherever possible. Throughout 2021 the courses continued with periodic suspensions following the evolution of the pandemic. With the new year, the activities are resuming everywhere, and we have reached over 182,000 beneficiaries since the DU Program’s inception.