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Preschool Education

Accessible, Modern and Durable Preschools

In 2000, the BMCE BANK Foundation broke ground on its first preschool building in the province of Nador, where it experimented with its educational concept, before instituting preschool education within the entire network.

This demonstrates the interest and importance placed on preschool within the Foundation’s program, which also organizes a significant campaign for preschool education promotion in the public sector.

Therefore, and following the Ministry of National Education ‘s emergency planning guidelines, which place preschool education at the top of its list of priorities, the BMCE BANK Foundation responds to the public authorities’ request with the following programs:

1- Accessible, Modern and Durable Preschools

  • Program to build 100 preschool classrooms within existing public school buildings;
  • Equipping these classrooms with furniture, computers and necessary educational materials;
  • Preschool teacher training;
  • Implementation of a supervisory process to reinforce professional skills.

2- Training Center Construction Program

  • Within the Nouaceur and Nador provinces;
  • Equipping these centers with furniture, computers, interactive white boards, necessary educational and library materials
  • These centers will handle the continuing education for teachers, as they will be opened in response to the Ministry of Education’s request for preschool teacher training.

3- Preschool Kit Preparation Program

In response to a need felt within the field, the BMCE BANK Foundation designed and produced a preschool kit based on a new approach in the field of preschool learning and teaching management, which forms an indispensable tool for teachers to carry out their responsibilities effectively and professionally.

Pedagogical Kit for Preschool:

Well aware that attending preschool is critical for a successful school career, as early as 2001, the BMCE BANK Foundation began instituting it throughout the school network. Concerning the issue of curriculum, the Foundation took the initiative to develop a relevant and operational pedagogical kit intended specifically for preschool use. The kit defines a clear preschool educational policy, sets out theoretical and practical theories, ensures consistency in pedagogical organization and operation of preschools, allows for the evaluation of the implemented measures and maintains communication between the various partners.

Under the BMCE BANK Foundation’s supervision, several national experts have contributed in the development this kit. With its pedagogical and didactic model finalized and all its contents produced, the kit now essentially forms a charter including its own philosophy, purpose, organizational and operational practicalities, content, program and a mechanism with which to evaluate achievement.

This preschool kit includes a pedagogical guide, a frame of reference for skills to be acquired by the end of the preschool cycle, disciplinary issues and activity cards. This kit was designed to enable the teacher to ensure efficient management of the learning process.

With its theoretical as well as practical content, the pedagogical kit forms a set of tools for each user’s benefit. For teachers, it is a body of principles on which to base their initiatives and tools for organization and leadership in the classroom. For pedagogical supervisors, it also provides a frame of reference for pedagogical counseling and supervision. For trainers, it forms the reference materials for teachers’ initial training and continuing education. Prior to making the kit available to these parties, the Foundation plans to organize training sessions.

Beyond these specific considerations relating to the educational experience, which lucidly guides the BMCE BANK Foundation, establishing this preschool kit is a concrete response to the Ministry’s call to promote accessible, modern and durable preschool education.

Administrative Management

The recommended management style, under which teachers rotate each year to carry out the administrative tasks of the school, presents a double advantage: it allows each office to share the human resources of the school, and, as well, to profit from the experiences of others in managing school matters, which entails shared decision making. schools use the same communication support as is used in the Ministry’s Regional Delegations in which they are located, and follow the same communication channels as are normally used by public primary school principals. However, to allow the Ministry’s provincial and regional departments as well as the Foundation to jointly follow the various aspects of school life in these facilities, all correspondence is copied and provided in both directions.

While regional and local education authorities are entitled to become involved in administrative matters, strictly pedagogical matters are handled exclusively by the Foundation, in consultation with these authorities by correspondence, and through the contribution of the pedagogical supervisors, who have been given the role of intermediaries.

Sustainable Development

Within the scope of its educational program that integrates sustainable development, the BMCEBANK Foundation advocates an approach that is participative, partnership building and de-centralized. Striving to reinforce the educational and pedagogical dimensions, particular attention is given to social development to fulfill the following objectives:

  • Greater access to educational services for disadvantaged populations, notably young girls;
  • Increase employment and revenue opportunities for populations of the concerned douars (rural areas);
  • Promotion of the rural population’s participation in decision making, specifically of marginalized populations;
  • Promotion of a rational and effective local management of the environment and natural resources;
  • Promotion of basic health care;
  • Encourage and support community self-organization, namely cooperatives and local associations.

Revenue Generating Activities

A revenue generating initiative was launched in the Sidi M’Hamed Oumarzouk township, specifically in the small rural school of the Labilate douar where the BMCE BANKFoundation launched the program jointly with the financial support of the Principality of Monaco. The Lablilate project involves approximately forty women, who have formed a cooperative bearing the same name as the douar. They received eighty pregnant ewes and four rams, and within the same operation, were also granted a substantial budget to provide regular and healthy food for the herd, along with veterinary check-ups.

In total, approximately 500,000 dirhams were spent to provide the women of Lablilate stable and profitable working conditions. Revenue generating activities are currently highly valued particularly since they provide an essential social dimension.

These programs provide a mechanism to counter unemployment; they also provide another form of social integration and the implementation of a gender equality policy. The Lablilate initiative, in the heart of Morocco, is one piece of vast social program that the BMCE Bank Foundation implemented through four revenue generating pilot projects, in the townships of Ait Lhaj Tahar (province of Essaouira), Ait Iktel (province of Haouz), Laazib (province of Settat) and finally Lameska (province of Chefchaouen).

Financial Assistance for Pupils

Guaranteeing girls and boys from underprivileged backgrounds an education requires taking into account a number of socio-economic and cultural factors, particularly their family’s socio-economic level, as well as their parents’ social orientation concerning school attendance for girls. This is why the BMCE Bank Foundation, aiming to find viable and long-lasting solutions to these problems, has designed a socio-economic support program for families, covering the school expenses for over ten thousand pupils (of which over 5O% are girls) by offering them free quality schooling, and providing schoolbags, schoolbooks and school supplies.