In 2020, 17 residents of Lydex (the institution that opened in 2015) joined this large French school-many of them from disadvantaged students.
In the ranking of the best scientific preparations for the Grand Duchy of France, of course there are Sainte-Geneviève High School in Versailles and Louis-le-Grand in Paris. Ranked sixth in mathematical physics coursesMoroccan Benguerir (Lydex) Excellent Middle School. The company is located in the south of the city, 70 kilometers from Marrakech, and is still little known to the public. However, by 2020, no less than 17 students from this high school opened in 2015 have joined Ecole Polytechnique in France.
All of them have conducted research at the foot of these dazzling mountains, extracting phosphates-Morocco’s main wealth-for 40 years.The 18-hectare Lydex campus and its brand new cher stone building are built in the center of the green city Mohammed-VI (“City of Knowledge and Innovation”) It was founded in 2009 by the Office of Phosphate Esters (OCP). Here, 944 high school students (all boarders) are favored: ultra-modern classes, rooms equipped with practical facilities, sports fields, theaters dedicated to personal development modules, semi-Olympic swimming pools, training for Polytechnique swimming competitions…
“All conditions are the prerequisite for success”, He observed Mohamed in the most serious manner, the student crossing the terminal at the entrance of the library. He is only 16 years old and comes from a small village in the Atlas Mountains. For 96% of Lydex students, his tuition and daily needs are completely covered by the high school. “We have no excuses”, Cut young people.
This organization is the result of a public-private partnership, fully funded by the OCP Foundation, and is recruiting talents “Little genius” From all over the country “Positive discrimination against disadvantaged groups”, The designated person in charge, Ahmed Benzi (Ahmed Benzi). In order to promote this social and geographic diversity, nearly two-thirds of the Lydex Paris Advanced Preparatory (CGPE) preparatory courses are selected from outside the official channels. After checking the documents, they conducted a written test and interview. This initiative stands out in a country where there is a very serious inequality in education.
A report released by the non-governmental organization Oxfam in 2019 stated that “Quality Defects in the Education System” Morocco also warned against privatizing education in Saudi Arabia. The average years of education is 4.4 years, which is more than three years shorter than the world average (7.7). In rural areas, poverty and isolation make it difficult for them to go to school on a regular basis, so educational outcomes vary greatly, depending on the social background of the students, and educational outcomes in rural areas are particularly low.
In the most remote areas, the educators of Bengalerel sometimes had to persuade parents to entrust their children to them. When these are used as sources of income, compensation may be paid to the family. They must also be assured of their daughter’s future. In Lydex, they make up the majority, accounting for two-thirds of secondary school students and half of preparatory courses (one-third of French preparatory courses). “Indeed, we were scared. They never left the village. But when we got here, we understood.”“Fatima-Zohra said she is a 40-year-old mother and her daughter graduated in June. “Some people have never seen sanitary napkins!”, A member of the teaching team recalled that problems related to menstrual hygiene constituted obstacles to schooling.
Because he was recruited outside the so-called Morocco, “Lydex revives the social elevator”I hope to trust Mohamed Soual, chief economist of OCP. However, in order to attract these young people, the organization did not spend any money. The company, which has long been regarded as the country’s “black box”, is now responsible for its communications and has invested heavily in research, education and training through its foundation. “We mine resources that belong to the Moroccans, and we have a social responsibility to help the development of the region”, Mohamed Soual explained. Teachers seconded from the Ministry of Education are carefully selected. They will receive allowances to double their salaries and receive profit sharing bonuses linked to student performance.
By 2020, everyone will have a bachelor’s degree in their first attempt, accounting for 63% of the country’s total, and 66% have also received good reviews.Owe success to “Intense and healthy competition among students and a good introduction to oral English”, Estimated to be Ayman Dmouj, a former student from Palaiseau Institute of Technology. “All the outstanding students in Morocco were found in the same high school, which created an extraordinary imitation”, Also testified with “X” Zineb Belafia. For the remaining issues, OCP is paying attention. As in 2018, when students were denied visas to take an oral exam at Polytechnique in France, most of them were due to insufficient income. “It was over in a few days. Without their intervention, I would miss my oral exam.”I recalled Abdelhafid Souilmi, who was born in Safi’s Polytechnic Institute, who is now an intern at the Goldman Sachs Investment Bank in London.
Like him, the former members of Lydex are also guaranteed a bright future. However, one question remains unanswered: Will they return to the country? Among the unemployed in Morocco between the ages of 15 and 24, more than 26% are unemployed, reaching 42.8% at the highest rate in urban areas, and young graduates are sometimes forced to accept positions with lower qualifications. “It is true that we are afraid that we will not find the same opportunity in Morocco, but I plan to return to Morocco one day.”, Assure Zineb Belafia. In any case, this is OCP’s bet, and OCP also hopes to recruit tomorrow’s executives from the elite.