BMCE BANK FOUNDATION
25-YEAR COMMITMENT TO PROMOTING EDUCATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Striving for equal opportunities
BANK OF AFRICA established BMCE
Foundation for Education and the
Environment in 1995 with the aim
of promoting education in rural and
disadvantaged regions and of acting to protect
Fully aware of the importance of education to Morocco’s development, the Group wished to underline its firm commitment by pursuing practical and sustainable initiatives via its Foundation.
By establishing ‘Medersat.com’, a programme focused on preschool and elementary education, the Foundation has endeavoured to improve access to education among rural communities. Each year, Medersat.com provides an education to more than 10,000 children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa.
This educational programme, which espouses
values such as tolerance, modernity and
open-mindedness, encourages foreign
language learning as well as promoting the
use of mother tongues such as Tamazight.
This ground-breaking initiative in Morocco has
seen Medersat.com team up with a number of
partners. These include Hassan II University’s
Confucius Institute and the Chinese Embassy
for Mandarin Chinese teaching, which is
provided either face-to-face or by distancelearning
at a number of schools, the French
Institute in Morocco for high-quality French
teaching and IRCAM, renowned for its
expertise in teaching Tamazight.
The remarkable and innovative work accomplished by the Foundation has not gone unnoticed nationally and internationally. In 2016, Dr Leila Mezian Benjelloun, the Foundation’s Chair was awarded the Al Arsh Wissam, one of Morocco’s most prestigious distinctions, by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, in recognition of her exceptional commitment to education in Morocco. One of this year’s highlights was Mr and Mrs Benjelloun being awarded the Visionary Award by the Middle East Institute in Washington.
As in previous years, BMCE Bank Foundation’s commitment to environmental causes was further highlighted in the Eco- Schools programme, in partnership with the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection. In addition to incorporating environmental aspects into the construction of schools, the Eco-Schools programme is an educational project that educates pupils in sustainable development and invites them to adopt eco-friendly behaviour.
A BRIEF HISTORY
OF BMCE BANK FOUNDATION
BMCE BANK FOUNDATION
SUPPORTING EDUCATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN AFRICA
Nearly 200 units
built and fully equipped, specialising in pre-school and primary education, covering Morocco’s 16 regions
providing a pre-school and primary education to approximately 10,400 pupils from socially disadvantaged backgrounds
schooled - 50% of whom are girls and high school diplomas awarded to 1,465 students since 2012
48% of whom are female, supervised and supported
230 hours/year of in-house
training provided to teachers in a variety of disciplines (languages/sciences/pre-school)
BMCE Bank Foundation’s operations in sub-Saharan Africa expanded, taking the total number of schools to 6: Senegal, Republic of the Congo, Mali, Rwanda, Djibouti, 1 socio-educational centre in Senegal