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Morocco: Going online to fill gaps in early childhood education

A young Moroccan boy and girl sit together at a desk and fill out worksheets.

Photo credit: CARE Morocco

Photo credit: CARE Morocco

SDG 4: Quality Education

In Morocco, many villages lack preschool facilities, and vulnerable families are less likely to enroll their children in school, despite the government making access to preschool education a national priority. Without adequate support or resources, parents and teachers are responsible for ensuring children in their care receive a quality education.

Khadija, the mother of a young girl, says, “When our children attended school and studied, we didn’t know why they couldn’t yet read, write or even recognize letters.” Nadia, a preschool teacher in Casablanca, also experienced frustration in her attempts to be effective in the classroom. “As an educator for children ages 3 to 6, I am responsible for supporting them on a daily basis, providing appropriate educational activities, hands-on activities and reading time,” she says. “However, each educator had their own teaching style, with different content, even within the same school districts.”

Recognizing gaps in both access and content, CARE Morocco developed Bright Horizons in 2018, an e-learning program that builds on CARE’s extensive education and advocacy experience in Casablanca and rural areas in the region. Over the past several years, CARE Morocco has worked at all school levels – especially preschool and primary – advocated with government decision-makers and supported increased knowledge and skill development for parents.

At the preschool level, CARE Morocco offers an internationally standardized, in-person training curriculum for preschool educators that substantially improves the quality of early childhood education. By providing an online option, the Bright Horizons program connects this curriculum to teachers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access resources critical to their success.

No other platform of this type exists on the Moroccan market, positioning Bright Horizons to revolutionize training in early childhood education.

Nadia, who had struggled to find consistent standards for her classroom, volunteered to participate in CARE’s program. The training gave her deeper knowledge of psychology and child development, to understand why children react in certain ways. She also learned how to position herself as a teacher and businesswoman rather than as a mother and to recognize gender stereotypes in education.

“Today,” Nadia says, “I am in the process of establishing an association to implement the CARE Morocco training model, to ensure we maintain the skills we’ve acquired, which have completely transformed our teaching methods. We want to capitalize on what we have learned and benefit new teachers.” Nadia is even thinking beyond her classroom and community; she intends to create a YouTube channel, so that she can reach even more people who are interested in early childhood education. Her work is recognized not only by her peers, but also by parents who understand the benefits of sending their children to preschool.

Khadija, the young mother, shares, “CARE has shed light on many things. They helped us understand the importance of our children’s behavior.” She continues, “The way the children respond to teachers has changed; they no longer fear giving answers or making mistakes. Our children speak freely, and there is a certain level of confidence among them. This transformation is truly remarkable.”

The platform saves time and improves communication, exchanges and the sharing of knowledge between individuals... It allows education when movements are restricted, and schools are closed.

Shkar Jalila

CARE Morocco is still testing and refining the Bright Horizons program, but the team aims to offer a certification option supported by the Ministry of Education within five years. The Moroccan government and international private schools in Morocco have already expressed interest in the program, and CARE sees the potential to train 7,000 teachers and reach one million children. Additionally, by targeting public and private schools in Morocco, CARE has designed Bright Horizons to become self-sustaining, using a social enterprise model that will finance its own staff in the future with funds generated by subscriptions.

Achieving these goals will help establish a durable and robust platform that serves vulnerable communities in Morocco and extends into other areas, creating a lasting and positive influence on early childhood education that will ultimately foster inclusive economic development.

Interested in learning more? Reach out to us at impact@care.org, and we’ll be in touch soon.



At the time this magazine went to press, CARE was working with Moroccan authorities to respond to the 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the Al-Haouz region of Morocco on September 8, 2023, killing more than 2,500 people and leaving many more injured and homeless.

Emergencies like this are devastating and can take months if not years for families to recover. CARE is working closely with the regional authorities, the Red Crescent, and various NGOs to respond to the emergency needs of people, especially women and girls.

To support CARE’s response or learn more, please visit care.org/MoroccoFund