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King Launches Educational Projects For Disabled and Poor Students

Editor's Note: The following article is reprinted from the Morocco Times, October 9, 2005.

HM King Mohammed VI launched Saturday in Rabat the building of a centre of training and integration on behalf of the disabled, and inaugurated a residence for poor girl students, reported MAP news agency.

The sovereign visited yesterday the construction site of the training centre, which will be built on 1,600 square metres. Worth USD (United States dollars) 885,000, the centre will provide handicapped youngsters, illiterate or degree-holders, with training in various fields to promote their competency and prepare them for the job market.

The project is part of a programme that aims at building nine centres throughout the kingdom. This programme was launched in 2004 in Tangier, in partnership with the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity and the Office of Training and Work Promotion, known by its French acronym, OFPPT.

The king also distributed MAD 200,000 worth of equipment to associations helping the handicapped. The donation was provided by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity to the Alouite Organization for Protecting the Blind, Lalla Asma Foundation for Deaf Children, and Bouregreg Association.

At his arrival, the king was welcomed by Zoulikha Nasri, his majesty's advisor and member of the council of administrators of the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, other members of the council and of the permanent committee of support for the foundation, and Labrbi Bensheikh, the OFPPT director.

Later in the day, the sovereign inaugurated, in Hay Akkari, a USD 1.4 million worth residence on behalf of poor girl students.

With an accommodation capacity of 220 beds, the residence is meant to host poor students, especially those coming from rural areas. The project, self-financed, is an attempt to encourage poor girls to pursue their studies and decrease the number of dropouts in the region of Rabat-Sale-Zamour-Zair.