The National Agency for the Fight against Illiteracy (ANLCA) relies on the intensification of cooperation with government sectors, institutions and civil society associations, in order to improve the national strategy for the fight against illiteracy, launched in 2004.
For the fourth year, the number of beneficiaries of literacy programs has exceeded one million, both men and women. The illiteracy rate has reached 32%, according to the results of the general population and housing census of 2014.
Abdelsamih Mahmoud, director of the ANLCAA, considered essential ” to give more importance to the qualitative aspect, and to intensify our efforts to communicate more, and to approach the multilateral way of working with different partners, because working together leads to better results ”.
The activation by the ANLCA of the joint action policy with its partners concerned, was reinforced by the launch of the Master “Adult education and lifelong learning”. This is the first master’s of its kind in Morocco in this specialization, and it is hosted by the Faculty of Educational Sciences in Rabat.
Mahmoud told MoroccoLatestNews, on the sidelines of a study day organized by the College of Educational Sciences on the occasion of the launch of the new master’s degree, that this scientific stream is important because it explores the perspectives of lifelong learning life, including the fight against illiteracy, through the training of students in this area, in order to establish a culture of lifelong learning and its daring.
This learning is an important investment in the human element, he said, stressing that the success of these workshops requires the availability of educational executives with skills, experience and good training.
According to the data presented by the director of the ANLCA in his interview with MoroccoLatestNews, the number of partnership agreements concluded by the Agency with government sectors and relevant institutions has exceeded more than sixty agreements, in addition to the signing of more than two thousand agreements with civil society organizations which are renewed every year, indicating that there is “A positive development, but more effort is needed”.
Abdelsamih Mahmoud attributed the low participation of men in the illiteracy eradication program, compared to women, to the high rate of illiteracy among women, which makes their presence more prominent.
However, he stressed that the difference in the prevalence of illiteracy between the sexes does not reach the extent that can explain the great disparity between them in the demand for benefits, as women represent more than 80% of the total beneficiaries.
He explained that the agency works to find solutions to motivate men and encourage them to attend illiteracy classes, noting that there are a number of factors that discourage them, such as social situation and socio-economic and cultural situation. .
“In addition to training activities, there should also be awareness-raising and communication activities in order to understand why there is a weakness in the involvement of men in the process, and for the sectors concerned to understand their role in to put in place the appropriate intervention mechanisms to resolve this problem ”, he continued.
For his part, Abdellatif Kidai, dean of the Faculty of Education Sciences, said that the Master in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning will help strengthen the national strategy to fight illiteracy, all the more so as Morocco relies on training in the field of adult education and lifelong learning as a lever for sustainable development.