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Lessons for Education from Morocco: COVID-19 Response Leading to Strengthening of the Education System

About the Lessons for Education Webinar Series:

The World Bank Group Education Global PracticeHarvard Global Education Innovation InitiativeHundrED, and the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills have combined their expertise on education to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. As part of this joint initiative, the institutes have gathered information from around the world on how countries are responding to the crisis in the education sector. The webinar series highlights some of the experiences.

As the government of Morocco had to suspend all classes on March 13, 2020 due to COVID-19, the ministry of education quickly involved different stakeholders public administration to the private sector to help come up with ways to continue educating and staying connected with students through virtual classrooms. The major challenge were the hard to reach, rural students, who, despite of millions of tablets having been distributed, did not have access to the virtual classes. The government therefore recorded the lessons and rebroadcasted them on television.

The schools were reopened after 6 months. However, the pandemic created an electroshock on the education system that motivated the country to come up with a new system that prepares the schools for the new realities and for the future of education. Classrooms are kept smaller and new methods of teaching have been developed to enable teachers to animate classes in a way that students understand better. In addition, the schools are more connected than ever. System of evaluation of the new way of teaching and learning is being developed.

Join the minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research of Morocco and other education leaders and researchers for a discussion on how Morocco has strengthened its education system as a result of its COVID response and how other countries could adapt these lessons to their own contexts. This 9th Lesson for Education webinar is organized jointly by the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, Harvard Global Education Innovation Initiative, HundrED, and the World Bank Group Education Global Practice..

Saaid Amzazi

MINISTER OF NATIONAL EDUCATION, VOCATIONAL TRAINING, HIGHER EDUCATION AND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Jaime Saavedra

GLOBAL DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE WORLD BANK

Andreas Schleicher

DIRECTOR, EDUCATION AND SKILLS, AND SPECIAL ADVISOR ON EDUCATION POLICY TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AT THE OECD
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA, THE WORLD BANK

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