Empowering Moroccan Citizens Through Literacy and Vocational Training

MSI is implementing an innovative project to address one of the biggest challenges facing Morocco–illiteracy. With a 56 percent illiteracy rate, the country ranks among the highest in the Middle East region and among middle-income countries.

The Kifayate Project (meaning skills in Moroccan Arabic) focuses on functional literacy and vocational training to improve the revenues of men, women, and youth in three priority sectors – agriculture, traditional artisanship and fisheries.

Funded by the Millennium Challenge Account (MCC), the project has exceeded initial objectives by reaching 69,000 potential wage earners in 16 regions. Significantly, 67 percent are women.

Our staff helps to reinforce Morocco’s national literacy training program and introduce practical, professional elements to the training. Literacy experts trained 2,600 trainers and 500 supervisors in 2012. Developed in partnership with the State Secretary for Artisan Affairs, the vocational training activity reached 197 trainers and 98 administrative managers through 45 seminars during the same period.

Continuing education seminars allow practicing artisans to develop their technical capacities and entrepreneurial skills, while aspiring artisans gain craftsmanship and useful, employable skills.

MSI partners with the MCC’s Agency for Partnership and Progress, in concert with Moroccan State Secretariat for Artisan Affairs, the Moroccan Department of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries, UNESCO and civil society organizations.

We also supported literacy and vocational training activities by financing innovative projects proposed by the private sector, civil society or the public sector. The competitive and transparent grants process encourages recipients to expand trainings to geographically remote or socially marginalized groups within the target populations.