Project Literacy, a global project that focuses on promoting and improving global literacy, recently reported on Morocco and it’s high literacy rates within the MENA region. Regularly seen as a prime example of progress in terms of encouraging literacy, especially amongst women, Morocco has experienced huge advancements in women’s rights over the last 15 years. A UNESCO estimate states that in 1990, only 41.6% of Moroccan population was literate, comparable to 56% in 2010.
Unfortunately, regardless of these commitments to progress and improvement of human rights and education, a disparity between men and women’s literacy in Morocco remains, especially amongst women living in more rural areas. A nationwide literacy program, entitled Mahou Al Omiyah (Erasing illiteracy), works tirelessly to not only erase illiteracy but to also shrink the gender gap of learning. A free program, courses are held in the evenings in Morocco’s public schools, and are geared towards adults who haven’t had access to education before.
The climb to literacy — for both men and women — is not an easy one. Especially with statistics showing that over 800 million people are illiterate globally (with 2/3 of them being women), but the rates at which Morocco has been dedicated to shrinking these numbers is encouraging for the remainder of the world and for the MENA region.
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