Arab funds and donors have a major role to play in financing and supporting the reform of the education system in the Arab world, said Wednesday in Rabat, the Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, Chakib Benmoussa.
Speaking at the opening of the 13th Conference of Arab Ministers of Education, placed under the theme “the future of education in the Arab world in the era of digital transformation”, Benmoussa, in his capacity as President of this Arab conclave, pleaded for a rationalization of expenditure allocated to education, in addition to the mobilization of the funds necessary to support and accelerate education reforms thanks to international financial institutions and donors.
Emphasizing the importance of joint, coordinated and efficient Arab action in the field of education, the Minister called for the deepening of debates on this theme in order to direct efforts towards real growth in this area, thus auguring a global renaissance in the Arab countries.
Also, he highlighted the need to enhance and strengthen the capacities of Arab countries in terms of statistical data, prospective studies, planning and monitoring, relying on international and regional institutions and organizations. existing ones, in addition to the exchange of experiences and training between the different countries of the region.
For his part, the director general of the Arab Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), Mohamed Ould Amar, warned against the increase in poverty and school dropout indicators in the region, in the wake of the post-covid crisis.
Thus, and in order to deal with the rise in illiteracy rates in the Arab world by 2030 as a result of this planetary crisis, Ould Amar called for redoubled efforts for the generalization of primary education.
The 13th Conference of Arab Ministers of Education is organized by the Ministry of National Education, Preschool and Sports, in partnership with ALECSO and the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture.
This conclave was preceded by a meeting of experts (29 and 30 May), which focused on various themes including variables affecting the future of education, trends for the school of the future, the development digital skills in education, digital infrastructure development, school administration and preparing teachers for the school of the future.
In addition to Morocco, several Arab countries are participating in this conference, including the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the State of the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Republic of Djibouti, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Republic of Somalia, Republic of Iraq, Sultanate of Oman, State of Palestine, State of Qatar, Republic of Comoros, Kuwait, Libya, Egypt, Mauritania, Yemen, en more representatives from regional and international partner organizations, centers and agencies.