In Morocco, the economic growth model of the last two decades has changed dramatically. Nobody can, today, contest the economic and social achievements of the country. These include the eradication of extreme poverty and the evolution of GDP, as well as the generalization of access to primary education. Indeed, the analysis made by the national (HCP and BAM) and international (IMF, ADB and WB) organizations shows a major investment effort by the state and private companies. Unfortunately, despite the infrastructure achievements, this effort did not translate into significant productivity gains.  In particular, the challenge that faces the country regarding the acceleration of the digital transformation impacts on the economic, social and cultural model. Digital inclusion is a key leverage for social and economic development enabling citizens to improve their standard of living and productivity independently of their environment and educational level.

In this area, Morocco has achieved good results, 57% of individuals are using the Internet in 2015 compared to less than 3.5% in 2003 according to the ITU statistics. However, incorporating ICT still remains a challenge, which the country is working hard to change.

On the basis of these considerations, Morocco was among the first countries that have embraced the adoption of the DU Program, back in 2003. After the first partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sport many more have followed throughout the years with the scope of diversifying the reach of the activity from a social and geographic point of view fulfilling the needs of different “publics”.

At present, 31 operational labs exist in Morocco, located in different areas and neighborhoods in the 12 regions

Thanks to the support of the different stakeholders involved in May 2015, we celebrated 100,000 trainees reached in the country. To underline this special occasion, we organized a dedicated ceremony at the ST site of Bouskoura near Casablanca. Please visit the dedicated page to discover the details.

Then through the years the activities have grown even more and as of today the Foundation has 29 active centers in 14 different cities across the country reaching over 134,000 beneficiaries that had the chance of attending ICB and Tablet for Kids Courses.

The activity of these labs totally relay on external trainers with the continuous support of the ST – DU Team.

The activity is carried out with 10 different partners belonging to the sector of: schools, universities, NGOs, public organizations, and municipalities.

With these positive opportunities the organization is looking forward to expanding the program even more in 2019 reaching new challenging targets.

As of December 2017, we reached over 128.000 trainees and we look forward to finding further challenges and opportunities in the future.