The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, stated on October 9 that she was “highly impressed” by Morocco’s efforts in the field of education to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake that struck several regions of the Kingdom on September 8.
During a visit to the High Atlas Middle School in the commune of Asni, accompanied by Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, Chakib Benmoussa, President of the World Bank (WB) Group, Ajay Banga, the Minister of Economy and Finance, Nadia Fettah Alaoui, and the Governor of Al Haouz province, Rachid Benchikhi, Georgieva stressed that “they were highly impressed by the action taken by Morocco in the field of education in the span of a month” following the earthquake.
“We have seen that pupils are returning to school and have taken note of the solid interest in building schools for the future”, stated Georgieva, stressing that the most important tribute to the memory of the victims of this natural disaster is to ensure a better future for their children.
“We saw how Morocco, in a spirit of solidarity and commitment, was able to face the repercussions of the earthquake”, added the Managing Director, while commending the strong mobilization and resilience shown by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the Kingdom, the people and government, to overcome this ordeal.
“This is the goal we aspire to during our assemblies in favor of the world. A world united for a better future”, concluded Georgieva.
The field visit included the High Atlas Middle School and the prefabricated school units built in collaboration with Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), the Ministry of Equipment and Water, and corporate citizens, with the support of OCP Foundation.
On this occasion, the IMF Managing Director and the World Bank (WB) Group President were informed about the situation of the schools following the earthquake and the measures taken to ensure pedagogical continuity and the fast resumption of studies after the provisional suspension, as well as on the psychological support provided to the pupils.