Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fighting Poverty by Educating Girls – MCC in Morocco

Sorya attends an MCC-funded vocational training course in Morocco where she learns marketable and sought-after job skills.
Photo & Story – MCC

June 28, 2016

Morocco has one of the lowest female labor force participation rates in the world, and many girls face challenges to completing their education and learning the skills they need to successfully participate in the workforce.

The Government of Morocco is working to reduce gender gaps in school enrollment and achievement and MCC is proud to support those efforts through our Employability and Land Compact, signed in 2015. The compact is focused on improving the opportunities for Moroccan students while supporting economic growth and poverty reduction across the country.

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama announced an MCC commitment of nearly $100 million toward a new model of secondary education in Morocco. This announcement comes during the First Lady’s visit to Morocco as part of the #LetGirlsLearn initiative.

Solving Morocco’s education challenges will require an inclusive and innovative approach. So as part of this investment, MCC and the Government of Morocco are establishing a $4.6 million Education for Employability Partnership Fund that will engage the private sector and non-governmental organizations to develop innovative secondary education programs. Together, we can create better opportunities for the people of Morocco.

Learn more about this announcement from MCC’s Press Release and Fact Sheet, the White House Fact Sheet.

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