The Moroccan Curriculum: Education in the Service of Tolerance

Image: Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco

This IMPACT-se report offers a first-of-its-kind insight into 127 textbooks from the Kingdom of Morocco’s national school curriculum, published between 2013 and 2022. The study focuses on humanities subjects, particularly social studies, geography, history, Islamic studies, Arabic language and literature, French, and English. Our research found that the Moroccan curriculum largely adheres to UNESCO standards of peace and tolerance: textbooks promote the centrality of peace and tolerance to Moroccan identity, society and foreign policy, alongside democracy, human and civil rights. While the monarchy is praised, students are encouraged to engage in critical self-reflection in relation to Moroccan history. The curriculum places an emphasis on women’s issues, as well as the history and traditions of the indigenous Amazigh population. Morocco’s Jewish community is frequently and warmly represented, with lessons discussing the Jewish religion, culture, day-to-day life, and contribution to Moroccan society. Textbooks discuss European colonialism and contemporary foreign policy, as well as Morocco’s territorial integrity. The report focuses on six thematic categories: “Constitutional Monarchy,” “Peace and Tolerance,” “Foreign Policy,” “Gender,” “Amazigh Representation,” and “Jews and Judaism in Morocco.” Report.