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 and international organizations shows a major investment effort by the state and private companies. Unfortunately, despite the infrastructure achievements, this effort did not translate into substantial productivity gains. 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. With the strong will of contributing to the development of Morocco, it was among the first countries where the Foundation decided to launch 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”.
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 39 active centers in 14 different cities across the country reaching over 160,000 beneficiaries that had the chance of attending ICB and Tablet for Kids Courses. The activity is carried out with 16 different partners belonging to the sector of: schools, universities, NGOs, public organizations, and municipalities.
With the support of our stakeholders and team the Program keeps on expanding experiencing always new projects. On this regard, we would like to mention in particular the initiative of 2019 summer camps. In collaboration with its various partners, mainly the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the city of Casablanca and other associative partners, ST Foundation has offered the Digital Unify Program as a free of charge educational activity to children participating to summer camps. Once again, the program continued its development by increasing the number of labs from 11 in 2018 to 19 labs in 2019, in different regions of Morocco. In this context, the Foundation is pleased to have welcomed the OCP Group as a new partner through which four new summer camps will benefit from its activities.