This is a new international recognition for the Zakoura Foundation. It comes from the Finnish non-profit organization HundrED which has listed ANEER, the National Action for Early Childhood Education in Rural Areas, among the 100 innovative projects in education.
Every year, the Finnish non-profit organization HundrED highlights the world’s top 100 innovations in education, from kindergarten till high school. Among the winners, was the ANEER, the National Action for Early Childhood Education in the Rural Zone of the Zakoura Foundation.
“We are very proud to represent Morocco to an international community of experts that distinguishes innovative educational projects,” said Rita El Kadiri, Executive Director of the Zakoura Foundation.
Designed according to a community-based preschool model with a strong social impact, ANEER is based on the involvement and awareness of families as well as the whole village to create an environment conducive to the education of children, as explained by the Foundation in a statement.
This concept developed in collaboration with UNICEF draws on international best practices in terms of preschool education. Since its launch in April 2015, more than 16,000 children have been pre-schooled! An incredible commitment that has recently been reinforced by a strategic partnership with the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) to enable the preschooling of several thousand children in rural areas according to an ambitious roadmap 2019 to 2023.