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Royal Activities
Friday 24 May 2019

HM the King, Commander of the Faithful, Hands Mohammed VI Prize to Majors of 2017-2018 National Program to Combat Illiteracy in Mosques

HM the King, Commander of the Faithful, Hands Mohammed VI Prize to Majors of 2017-2018 National Program to Combat Illiteracy in Mosques

HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, handed, after the Friday prayer at "Al Israa wa Al Miaaraj" mosque in Casablanca, the Mohammed VI Prize to the majors of the Program to combat illiteracy in mosques for 2017-2018.

They are: Fatema Laâdam (Salé), Yamna Abjaou (Tantan), Mina Esskouri (Nouaceur), Hayat Sennoun (Oujda) and El Hassania Mennouna (Zagora).

In a speech before HM the king, Commander of the Faithful, minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq said that the Program to combat illiteracy in mosques has benefited more than 3 million people since its launch in 2000 and until 2018, as well as those following the Program on the Mohammed VI channel of the Holy Quran, broadcast twice a day, and on the website of the ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs.

Toufiq added that the plan drawn up by the ministry for the period 2017-2021 aims to increase the number of beneficiaries of the national Program to combat illiteracy in mosques to 4.5 million people, or 1.5 million additional people.

The minister noted that the 2017-2018 school year saw the enrolment of more than 316,000 people, with a rate of achievement of the target exceeding 105 pc, adding that the ministry has mobilized 7,000 mosques for the implementation of this Program, and has tasked 8,000 supervisors, 1,000 coordinators and pedagogical advisors and 400 pedagogical trainers to ensure its full success.

Toufiq also said that the ministry is endeavoring, for the current school year, to enroll 300,000 people (levels 1 and 2), as well as to develop cooperation with partner institutions, in particular the general Delegation for prison administration and reintegration.

The minister noted that his department was in the process of developing a new experiment to be launched next year and implemented at some 1,000 locations in urban and rural areas.

The new experiment, which will target men and women under 50 years old, provides for the mobilization of Ulema Councils, imams of mosques, preachers, morchidins and morchidates, in coordination with local authorities.

The national Program to combat illiteracy in mosques was launched in accordance with the High royal Instructions contained in the Sovereign's speech on the occasion of the 47th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People (20 August 2000).

An illustration of the special interest that the Sovereign, Commander of the Faithful, continues to give to the development of the human element, this Program also enabled mosques to regain their leading position in terms of guidance, spiritual orientation and literacy, as well as their role in building a democratic, modern, open society based on the rejection of exclusion and marginalization, the struggle against poverty and ignorance.

MAP 24 mai 2019