The total number of beneficiaries enrolled in the literacy program in mosques between 2000 and 2022 amounted to more than 4,08,668, of whom 70 percent are women, Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs Ahmed Taoufiq said on Tuesday. .
In response to an oral question in the House of Councilors on “the generalization of literacy centers in rural areas”, Ahmed Taoufiq indicated that the number of beneficiaries of this program in rural areas since its launch has reached 1,737,786, i.e. 41.29%.
The Minister specified that 136,621 people benefited from the program in the rural world during the 2021-2022 school year, i.e. 45.96% of the total number of registered students, adding that these beneficiaries are supervised by 3,709 supervisors in 3,538 mosques, including 494 were opened within the framework of the “1000 reading points” program launched by the Ministry with a view to contributing to the creation of areas free from illiteracy and the realization of a society of reading and education.
He underlined that the budgetary envelope allocated to this program for the year 2022 is estimated at 180 million dirhams, including 81.7 MDH intended for the rural world, expressing the availability of the ministry to expand targeting in remote areas. “if the necessary financial funds are made available to it”.
Ahmed Taoufiq noted that the literacy program in mosques, launched twenty years ago by King Mohammed VI, Amir Al-Mouminine, is one of the most successful programs, adding that at each new school year, the ministry is launching a large-scale media campaign to promote societal mobilization and continued awareness of the importance of learning and to publicize illiteracy eradication efforts and plans for the future, in the aim of attracting new beneficiaries of the program in urban and rural areas.