Intel Launches Digital Transformation Projects to Morocco

Using computers and Internet technology to help bring Morocco's 33 million people into a modern digital age. This is part of Intel’s wider plans to help advance development throughout the world. The company's initiatives focus on education, community Internet access and government services for citizens.

"Morocco is at a crossroads in its economic development” said Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, who unveiled several projects aimed at extending digital inclusion to all Moroccans during his first visit to the North African nation. “Technology can help accelerate the country’s economic prospects, and Intel is collaborating with Morocco's government and its people to help enable this transition”.

Mr. Barrett's visit to Morocco conclude the Africa portion of a worldwide “Expanding What’s Possible” tour focused on digital accessibility and education. Intel's announcements include a joint project with the Department of Telecommunications and Information Technology (D.E.P.T.I.) to develop public Internet access centers, and with the Ministry of Education to train thousands of teachers and donate computers to Moroccan schools.

Earlier last week, in his role as chairman of the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Development, Mr. Barrett took part in the Connect Africa Summit in Rwanda to explore ways to bring the benefits of technology to people to the African continent.

The Intel chairman also visited a school in Ain Aouda, a rural village 30 km south of Rabat, where his company installed 250 PCs and Internet connectivity and trained teachers on the effective use of technology to teach children. The computers are part of an agreement signed today with Morocco’s Ministry of Education to donate 1,000 PCs for primary schools over the next few years. An affordable, full-featured laptop, the Classmate PC supports project-based learning by enabling teachers to share information and student work with the entire class.

Intel and Morocco's Ministry of ICT also installed a new WiMAX network at the school. The long-range wireless technology is a cost-effective way to deliver high-speed Internet access to rural communities.

Mr. Barrett also toured the Institut National Des Postes et Télécommunication, an engineering university in Rabat where Intel implemented a computer lab designed around multi-core processor technology. The lab will enable hands-on training in the latest computing technologies to better prepare university students for entering the workforce.

Intel has trained 4,500 teachers in Morocco and aims to train 25,000 by the end of next year through the Intel Teach program, which focuses on integrating technology in the curriculum to help teachers better educate children. The efforts coincide with the goals of the Ministry of Education’s program, called GENIE. Intel also plans to launch an online version of its Intel Teach program in Morocco next year.

Working with Morocco's new government, Intel launched an initiative in Ain Aouda dedicated to providing computers and Internet access for all Moroccans. It focuses on extending digital inclusion to underprivileged areas and creating new opportunities in a country where an estimated 46 percent of the population can’t read and write. Intel and D.E.P.T.I. have started the initiative – called Al Morchid (“the advisor”) – with a pilot of four shared-access centers.

The centers, patterned after Internet cafés, are models for the government’s plan to build a national network of Al Morchid “e-spaces” where all citizens can easily take advantage of vital ICT resources, including high-speed Internet access, technology training and access to e-government services.

Morocco is one of a few countries in Africa to offer government services entirely online such as custom clearance and tax declarations.

Source: Intel

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