Rabat – The “One Million Schoolbag Initiative” launched by King Mohammed VI for the 2018-2019 back-to-school has benefited 4.365.000 children.
The annual operation that started in 2016 at the demand of King Mohammed VI aims at helping less fortunate children by distributing schoolbags full of school supplies.
The initiative reflects the Moroccan plan to support the educational sector, promote schooling, and generalize elementary schooling. It also denotes efforts to give equal chances to Moroccan children, regardless of their social backgrounds.
This year’s initiative benefited over 4.365.000 school kids of whom 63 percent come from rural areas, and 85% are enrolled at elementary level, according to state-owned media outlet Maghreb Arab Press.
A similar operation was launched Wednesday by the UAE ambassador to Morocco, Ali Salim Al Kaabi.
According to Al Kaabi, the operation is meant to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of the late Shaikh Zayed in the context of the “Year of Zayed”, and to highlight the brotherly ties between Morocco and the UAE.
In a declaration to WAM Emirates News Agency, Al Kaabi also expressed the interests of the UAE in engaging in humanitarian and development joint projects in Morocco. He said that his initiative is in line with King Mohammed VI’s ‘One Million Schoolbags Initiative’.