Morocco’s Family Reforms Bear Fruit

First grade classroom at the elementary school in the village Ait Sidi Hsain, near Meknes. Photo credit: World Bank.

In its Middle East blog, The Pomegranate, The Economist considers how primary school graduation rates have improved dramatically in Morocco since King Mohammed VI acceded to the throne, while the Family Law and a growing civil society have curbed child labor in the country, as well. From The Pomegranate:

Morocco’s children have had a better lot since King Mohammed VI succeeded his father as ruler 15 years ago. More that 88% finish primary school, up from 62% at the end of King Hassan’s reign in 1999. Children’s rights organisations have proliferated and the government often funds their projects.

Rural children have benefited in particular. Better transport and boarding facilities for those from far-flung villages have made schools easier to reach. Since 2008 the education ministry has given satchels with pens and exercise books to millions starting primary school. Modest cash allowances for parents of pupils have helped win over families.

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