BMCE BANK FOUNDATION

25-YEAR COMMITMENT TO PROMOTING EDUCATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
For more than twenty years, BMCE Bank Foundation for Education and the Environment has been committed to initiatives in support of Morocco’s most disadvantaged communities. Our educational blueprint is founded on the principle that education should be a catalyst for social and cultural development as well as economic development. We are convinced that a society in which every individual has been given an opportunity to find his or her rightful place is a healthy one. That is why we have chosen to support the public authorities in the fight against illiteracy, pupils dropping out of school and the non-enrolment of girls in education. We are more than aware that we are fighting against the inevitable consequences of educational inequalities such as isolation and the impoverishment of rural communities, exacerbated in the digital era
Dr Leila Mezian Benjelloun
BMCE Bank Foundation Chair

ONE MISSION

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 the environment.
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

schools

62 schools

providing a pre-school and primary education to approximately 10,400 pupils from socially disadvantaged backgrounds

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22,000 pupils

schooled - 50% of whom are girls and high school diplomas awarded to 1,465 students since 2012

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500 teachers

48% of whom are female, supervised and supported

briks

230 hours/year of in-house

training provided to teachers in a variety of disciplines (languages/sciences/pre-school)

6 addresses

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

THE FOUNDATION AND ITS STRATEGIC GOALS

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