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08/16/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/16/2018 08:14

Lottery in Marrakesh Chooses Schools to Participate in Pilot Programs

The Moroccan education system has been gradually improving in recent years, as great strides are being made to advance both the primary and secondary levels of schooling. Data reveals that 91 percent of youth between the ages of 15-24 are literate, a dramatic increase from the correlating statistic in 2008, when only 78 percent of the same demographic could read and write.

Despite this progress, the country still struggles with high dropout rates. Only 15 percent of Moroccan first graders will go on to graduate. This phenomenon, paired with Morocco's recent push to diversify its economy and include more complex industries, has ultimately led to frustration among employers who are unable to find personnel equipped with the skills needed to work in these fields. This shortage of qualified employees blocks economic progress in the country and acts as a barrier to reducing youth unemployment rates.

In March and April, MCA-Morocco hosted lotteries in the two regions to choose the schools that would implement the pilot education program. Representatives from the Moroccan government and MCC attended the event, along with students, teachers and parents from the region. This was the third and final event of its kind, with the first selection event taking place in Tetouan in December 2016.

Each school was assigned a number, which was recorded on paper and also inscribed on a wooden block. Once all the blocks had been assigned to each interested school, they were placed inside a bag. Students themselves were the ones to draw from the sack to select the winning schools, a feature that reflects the nature of this program in allowing students to play a hands-on role in their own education.

While different techniques for the choosing of schools were considered, the MCA-Morocco decided that the old-fashioned way, choosing a school at random from a bag, was the most fair and transparent method to conduct the selection process.