Poverty, education and gender

Poverty, education and gender
1989. Girls from the High Atlas (Marruecos) © AEEH

Poverty, education and gender

In Morocco the indicators for poverty and quality of life have improved significantly over the last 30 years. In 2014 only 3% of the population of Morocco lived in extreme poverty, primary education reached 99% and child labour showed equal rates for boys and girls (9%). This progress has especially favoured primary schooling for girls, reducing gender differences which in the country as a whole fell from 37% in the 80s to the current 5%.

Secondary schooling has also progressed greatly for boys and girls, although the differences are bigger (15% less for girls). In the 80s –when this photo was taken in Tannernit (in the High Atlas near Marrakech) — primary schooling included 97% of boys and only 60% of girls, the situation being wore in rural areas.