Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (UAI) and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) are jointly organizing, on October 2, 3 and 9, an international e-conference on the theme "Education in Africa: the challenges of today's school and the look towards tomorrow's school".
This initiative follows the signature of the partnership agreement between the two institutions on September 11th to strengthen their cooperation in education, research, innovation and exchange of experience.
Experts from Morocco and other African countries, Europe, the United States and Canada will take part in this conference which will discuss several themes of major importance in the current context:
1. 1. The response of the African school to the COVID crisis19 : the role of new technologies.
2. The state of education and the challenges facing education in Africa.
3. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
4. Language teaching in Morocco.
The African continent and Morocco in particular, are making huge efforts in favor of their socio-economic development. To this end, the education of current and future generations, from early childhood to university, remains the main driving force and is a priority for sustainable development. However, despite the actions implemented and the progress made in recent years, there is still a long way to go. According to USAID in 2017, 7 out of 10 children in Africa are likely to become semi-literate adults, meaning that they won't be able to read or write easily. Moreover, 9 of the 10 countries with the highest illiteracy rates in the world are in Africa and nearly two-thirds of illiterates are still women (UNESCO, 2016). UNESCO data show that over the decade 2010-2020, approximately 32.2 million primary school students repeat grades annually, and 31.2 million students leave school annually and may never return.
This conference will be an opportunity to create a dialogue to review the situation of education in Morocco and other African countries, and to pave the way for creative and innovative solutions, as well as the creation of strategic alliances to implement promising and high-impact projects for the development of education in Africa.
To take part in these exchanges, visit the following link and register for this online conference, which is free of charge: https://bit.ly/2FYHaZc.