• The head of the Supreme Council of Education, Training and Scientific Research Omar Azziman
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    Report Reveals Decay of 'National Values' in Moroccan Schools

    Rabat - The Chairman of the Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research (CSEFRS), Omar Azziman, presented a report on values within the Moroccan school system at a press conference on Wednesday, underlining the council's discovery of a degradation of “shared national values” in education. “There is a huge disparity between the discourse on...

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  • Agadir to Hold Symposium on Employment
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    Agadir to Hold Symposium on Employment

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - The city of Agadir will host a symposium in during Employment Week on April 24 at Ibn Zohr University. The opening ceremony of the event will include the inauguration of a new National Agency for Promotion of Employment and Skills (Anapec) inside the university. The symposium, which will be held...

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  • Zaghloul Al-Naggar
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    Moroccan Students' Questions Leave Islamic Scholar Speechless

    Rabat - Moroccan students of both science and Islamic studies assailed Dr. Zaghloul Al-Naggar with questions and criticism during his appearance at the Forth World Conference of Scholars in the Holy Qur'an and its Sciences on April 13-15 in Fez, with the controversy continuing to echo in Moroccan media discussions. Al-Naggar, a founding member of...

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  • US Scholarship Opens for Moroccan English Teachers
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    US Scholarship Opens for Moroccan English Teachers

    Rabat - The Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE) has announced a call for applications for the 2017 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program (FLTA). Through the FLTA program, the selected Moroccan English teachers will be placed at universities in the United States for two semesters, during which they will support Arabic language...

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  • Finland Education Model
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    Why Does the Finnish Educational System Matter?

    By Abdellah Jaafari Rabat - Finland is ranked number one world wide forits educational system. Its system is the best in almost every educational standard, like the number of students per teacher; students’ grades; learning outcomes, attainment, and educational skills (cognitive, psychomotor, communicative, interpersonal…), to name just a few. The secret of this result comes...

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  • 600,000 Moroccan Adults and Teenagers Addicted to Drugs
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    15% of Moroccan Students Smoke, 13% Use Drugs, 22 % Miss Their Classes

    Rabat - 15 percent of Moroccan students smoke, 13 percent use drugs inside their educational institution and 10% use alcohol, according to a new study conducted by the National Program of Learning Assessment (PNEA). The study, which was conducted in cooperation with the Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research, also found that violence in...

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    British Council Launches Leadership Training Program

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - The British Council is calling on young candidates interested in political science to apply for a series of intensive training sessions in Great Britain, with the aim of enabling new generations to acquire the skills required in the development of practical policies. The training session entitled ''Policy and Leadership Development''...

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    Mohamed Hassad Puts an End to Philosophy and Islamic Education Professors’ Conflict

    Rabat - In his first week, Mohamed Hassad, Morocco's new Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, has decided to end the ongoing conflict between the professors of philosophy and Islamic education. Hassad’s new ministry has vowed to review the content of the controversial “Manar” Islamic education textbooks, which sparked the...

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    Casablanca to host 1st Salon Kids World

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - The city of Casablanca will be hosting the premier edition of Kids World Salon, scheduled to run from May 17-21 at Sindibad park. The symposium aims to provide parents who are concerned about their children’s schooling, the opportunity to obtain informed answers to their questions regarding the critical issues currently...

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  • Russian Chess Champion Kasparov Wants to Develop Chess in Moroccan Schools.
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    Russian Chess Champion Kasparov Wants to Develop Chess in Moroccan Schools

    Rabat - The Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov wants to train a million African children in the discipline over the next five years. Through his foundation Kasparov Chess Foundation, the former world champion wants to introduce chess in school programs around the world and especially in Morocco. He assisted last Thursday, March 23rd, to the...

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  • Over 18,000 Sub-Saharan Students Enrolled in Moroccan Universities
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    Over 18,000 Sub-Saharan Students Enrolled in Moroccan Universities 

    Rabat - More than 18,000 Sub-Saharan students are currently enrolled in Morocco’s higher education institutions, with 6,500 receiving scholarships, said Mohamed Aboussaleh, the secretary general of the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Training, on March 15 in Meknes. These Sub-Saharan students come from 42 countries to study in Morocco and receive social assistance...

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  • Speaker of Italy’s Parliament Receives Moroccan Student
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    Speaker of Italy’s Parliament Receives Moroccan Student

    Rabat - Italian Speaker, Laura Bolderana, received Moroccan Student, Ihlam Mounssif, in the First Chamber of Italy’s Parliament after she was denied entry to the House of Deputies because of her origin. Ihlam Mounssif was one of a group of top performing students who were honored by the Deputies last Friday. She received the highest grade in the...

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  • The Seffarine Sqaure in Fez Medina
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    Morocco Launches Specialized English Classes For Fez Craftsmen

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - The Ministry of Handicrafts, Social Economy and Solidarity launched on March 17 an English training program for trainees or graduates from handicrafts institutions in Fez. This project is part of a partnership agreement between the ministry, the American Embassy, and the American Language Center to provide beneficiaries with tools to...

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  • Rachid Benmokhtar Meets with Foreign Ambassadors to Discuss Morocco’s Vocational Training Strategy
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    Rachid Benmokhtar Meets with Foreign Ambassadors to Discuss Morocco’s Vocational Training Strategy

    Rabat - Rachid Benmokhtar, the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, met with foreign ambassadors to Morocco to discuss vocational training reform in Morocco. Abdelati Habek, President of the Moroccan Diplomatic Foundation, which organized the event, said the meeting was part of Morocco's reform of several sectors, in accordance with the National 2021 Strategy...

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  • Rabat to Host 23rd Annual of EMI-Enterprises Forum
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    Rabat to Host 23rd Annual of EMI-Enterprises Forum

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - The Mohammedia School of Engineers (EMI) will organize the 23rd annual Emi-Enterprises Forum on March 29 and 30 in Rabat. The forum entitled “Digital transformation: Economical Reactivation Process” will focus on advising and encouraging a wide variety of engineering profiles in order to showcase their intrinsic values. This exchanging and...

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  • Court Cancels “Doctoral Fees” For Moroccan Working Students
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    Court Cancels “Doctoral Fees” For Moroccan Working Students

    Rabat - A Moroccan Court has canceled the MAD 10,000 (USD 995) fee traditionally  levied on a Moroccan working student, after being admitted into a doctoral program. Despite many appeals of the administrative case file number 2017/7106/18, the Administrative Court in Rabat has issued a final ruling. Effective immediately, students admitted into doctoral studies at...

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  • Mohammed VI University Launches Preventative Medicine Program
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    Mohammed VI University Launches Preventive Medicine Program

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - The Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences (UM6SS) has launched a brand new university program devoted to preventive medicine and non-drug therapies. The new degree program developed in collaboration with Pileje foundation, aims to provide practitioners the keys, tools and motivation to integrate into the world of preventive medicine. The...

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  • Moroccan Debate Team Makes Top 15 in International Championship
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    Moroccan Debate Team Makes Top 15 in International Championship

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - The Moroccan National Debate Team finished in the top 15 teams at the 2017 Nordic Schools Debate Championship, which took place March 2 to 5 in Copenhagen. The championship, organized by Denmark Debate Society and the Danish National Debate Team, hosted 34 teams from 18 countries. The Moroccan debaters entered...

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  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado
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    The Moroccan Gold Eldorado, a Myth or a Reality?

    Rabat - Recently, a conspiracy theory video about a large gold discovery in Morocco is making rounds online. The video claims that a substantial gold reserve was discovered and is being extracted by a Canadian mining company called Maya Gold and Silver. We Moroccans are very proud human beings, we love our country and cherish...

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Qatar: How the Tables Are Turning in The Gulf

    Rabat - Amidst harsh sanctions and a long list of demands from its neighbors, Qatar’s ability to thrive under pressure may prove to be problematic for Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition attempt to wait out Qatar, the recent spat in the Gulf continues to become more and more global, and severely against...

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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    Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

    Chefchaouen - Climate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action. When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are...

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    India Orders Internal Probe into Mistaken Use of Morocco-Spain Border Picture

    Hyderabad - The Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday ordered an internal investigation to find out how a picture of Morocco-Spain border was used in its annual report to show floodlights along the India-Pakistan border. What is most embarrassing is that the annual report of previous years was tabled during the Budget Session of Indian...

  • Amid Growing Tension, Thousands of Moroccans Stage Pro-Rif March in Rabat
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    Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

    Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression by the state. The Rif has, in spite of itself, got involved into a peaceful revolt since the death of the fishmonger Mohcine Fikri at the end of October 2016, a...

  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani emir of Qatar
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    The Qatar Crisis: What Does It Mean?

    Rabat - The recent diplomatic fallout between Qatar and the rest of the Middle East could have serious economic and geopolitical consequences across the globe. Earlier this week, Qatar’s diplomatic crisis took an extreme turn as several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation.  The original list of countries in the coalition against...

  • Moroccans spend Laylat al-Qadr, the 26th day of Ramadan, at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
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    Ramadan: Not just Abstinence from Daily Intakes 

    By Abdellatif Oudra Rabat - The observance of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, compels Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. But it is not just about abstaining from food or drink.  Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed in commemoration of the revelation of Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,...

  • Morocco Threatens to Terminate Agriculture Agreement with Europe
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    Morocco and the EU: Managing the Future

    Rabat - Morocco enjoys proximity to Europe and is at an advantage of being favoured by the European Union as a close partner on political, economic, and cultural levels. Historical archives and political legacies tie Morocco directly with at least three influential European countries: France, Spain, and England. Demography, kinship, and immigration compel other EU...

  • The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab Spring
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    The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab 'Spring'

    Rabat - In the last ten years or so, the Arab world has seen unprecedented collapses in the realms of politics and economy, among others. World NGOs regularly release area-specific rankings, in which Arab nations commonly rank at the bottom of lists in education, human rights, and income for instance while they top those of...

  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Al Hoceima and the Pedagogical Exercise

    Ottawa - What makes a democracy different from non-democracy? This is the classical and historical question asked by philosophers over the centuries and deeply questioned in the discipline of political science. Democracy cannot prevent inequality as the case in the United States where inequality is the highest globally. Democracy cannot stop corruption like in Brazil...