Teacher training


This project aimed to combat illiteracy and promote quality education in seven villages in the Ouarzazate province of Morocco, by training nursery school teachers in early childhood education and the use of more efficient teaching methods and tools.

Over the course of training cycles spanning two to three years, 21 trainees perfected their skills in nursery school teaching. Following this training initiative, significant progress was made in classroom layout and the activities and training materials made available to children, including the use of libraries and multimedia. Teachers were also more aware of the knowledge their students needed to acquire. Having gained recognition from the villagers, the teachers remained in the village more than in the past. The project also stimulated the creation of nursery schools in neighbouring villages.


roupement des Retraités Educateurs sans Frontières (GREF) is a French volunteer organisation composed of retired teaching professionals.






October 20085 -September 2011


Ouarzazate province / Morocco

With whom

GREF (Groupement des Retraités Educateurs sans Frontières)




35.7% (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 2'860/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
5% (2013)

Literacy rate
69% (2016)

Human Development Index
123nd out of 189 countries (2018)

The new government coalition appointed in April 2017 plans to pursue the macro-economic and constitutional reforms, upgrade social services and promote job creation. Extreme poverty has been eradicated and in seven years the poverty rate was halved to reach 5% in 2014. Over the past decade, the population has rapidly gained improved access to basic social services. In rural areas, access to electricity increased from 10% in 1994 to 84% in 2009, and access to drinking water from 14% to 90%. Maternal and child health has also significantly improved in Morocco. Agricultural production which represents 15% of the country’s GDP is subject to the vagaries of the weather. Today, the country is a leader in green growth strategies and in combatting climate change.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.