A Pioneer E-Learning Forum at Al Akhawayn



Ifrane, April 30, 2012 – Hundreds of participants and visitors attended the National Forum on Distance Education “E-Learning” at Al Akhawayn University on April 26-27, 2012, organized by the Moroccan Ministry of National Education, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Al Akhawayn University. 

The event was held as a celebration of the achievements and skills developed by participants in the e-learning training program which began in July 2011. The forum was a platform of exchange for experts using education and technology in distance learning. 

“We are here to celebrate the success of this project, as well as to evaluate the most important conclusions that can be inferred from this outstanding project, promising a bright prospect ahead,” said Al Akhawayn President Driss Ouaouicha as he addressed the participants.

Along the lines of the national strategy for the improvement of education in Morocco, a special attention has been given to technology in education. According to the keynote speaker at the forum; Youssef Belqasmi, General Secretary of the Ministry of National Education, the distance learning program came to emphasize the special attention given to the quality of education.

The two-day program in Ifrane included presentations by participants on distance learning modules they had produced and which will be used by teachers in training centers after validation by the Ministry officials. The best projects will be awarded.

The conference was attended by John Groarke, Director of USAID, and many professors and scholars from Al Akhawayn and from other academic institutions in Morocco.

The forum organizers paid tribute to the coaches in the Regional Centers for Education Careers and Training, as well as members in charge of department training at the Ministry of National Education.

The E-Learning Program was initiated by the Central Unit for Professional Training at the Ministry of National Education, the National Center for Educational Innovation and Experimentation (CNIPE), and the ITQANE Project. Its mission is to reinforce the skills and competencies of targeted teams in training and distance learning.


“The project outcomes are impressive and we are happy to collaborate in ITQANE,” said John Groarke, Director of USAID.

The project ITQANE is a project implemented in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, USAID, and Al Akhawayn University. ITQANE aims to help strengthen the skills of education experts and to improve the quality of learning.

The winners of the best project during the forum was Bounajma Mohamed, Assistant professor of Arabic at Al Akhawayn University. Three other teams from the Regional Educational Centers and CNIPE were: Naaimi Khalil, Morchid Faiz, Ahmed Mouhib, and My Ahmed Yahyaoui (team 1); Abdelilah Charyate, Bouknify Ben Zeroual, and Souad Zahroui (team 2); and Said Benjelloun, Mohammed Benlahcen, Bouzid El Ghazi, and Mahjouba Kaoukaou (team 3).