After years of advocacy and persistent demands from the Amazigh movement, the Ministry of National Education, Primary Education, and Sports have released a memorandum outlining a comprehensive plan for the gradual implementation of Tamazight in primary education. This plan paves the way for a more inclusive and diverse educational landscape.
Starting from the 2023-2024 academic season, Tamazight will be gradually integrated into primary education institutions, leading to universal coverage by 2029-2030. This decision goes along recent positive developments in regards of demands of the Amazigh mouvment in Morocco such as declaring the Amazigh new year as a national holiday after years of campaigining.
A Path to Gradual Implementation
The memorandum envisions a progressive rollout of Tamazight education, ensuring a smooth and effective transition. The plan sets forth the goal of achieving a 50% coverage rate by the academic year 2025-2026, followed by complete universalization within the education system by 2029-2030.
This phased approach allows for careful planning, adequate resource allocation, and the development of a sustainable framework to support Tamazight instruction at all primary education levels.
Leveraging Technology for Enhanced Learning
Recognizing the potential of technology to revolutionize education, the memorandum highlights the integration of digital platforms as a means to enhance the teaching and learning of Tamazight. With a focus on remote education, the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Transition and Management Reform, aims to provide teachers and students with access to digital resources specifically designed to support the teaching of Tamazight.
These resources will serve as valuable tools for both in-classroom instruction and remote learning, fostering greater engagement and interactivity while promoting language proficiency.
The success of introducing Tamazight into the education system relies heavily on equipping teachers and professors with the necessary knowledge and resources. To this end, the memorandum emphasizes the importance of sensitizing educators about the available digital resources dedicated to supporting Tamazight instruction.
Furthermore, teachers and professors will receive the required number of teaching materials, documents, and pedagogical guides to ensure they are well-prepared to deliver quality Tamazight education. Additionally, ongoing professional development programs will be offered to enhance educators’ skills and deepen their understanding of effective teaching methodologies for Tamazight.
A Milestone for Linguistic Inclusivity
The introduction of Tamazight into the primary education sector is a significant milestone in promoting linguistic diversity and inclusivity. It reflects the government’s commitment to preserving and valuing the cultural heritage of Morocco.
By integrating Tamazight into the curriculum, students will have the opportunity to connect with their roots, appreciate the richness of the language, and develop a sense of cultural identity.