At yesterday's presentation for the High Atlas Foundation, I spoke about how the variety of languages and alphabets in Morocco may play a role in the low literacy rates in rural areas. Overall, in Morocco 65.7% of men and 39.6% are literate, defined as those who are older than 15 that know how to read and write. While these figures are not high to begin with, they are considerably lower in rural areas.
Given the multitude of languages in Morocco, it is no wonder that literacy has been momentarily kept at bay. These low literacy rates in rural areas fly in the face of all the recent efforts that have been put forth by non-formal education and literacy projects aimed mostly at rural women.