First grade student at the elementary school in the village of Ait Sidi Hsain

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    First grade classroom at the elementary school in the village Ait Sidi Hsain, near Meknes. The school has 610 students of which 243 are girls. There are 16 teachers.

    The school is part of a conditional cash transfer (CCT) program -- Tayssir -- which started out in 2008. It aims to prevent children in Morocco’s poorest rural areas from dropping out of school by transferring regularly a monthly amount of money per child to the families. So far, 254 households in the village has benefited from the program.

    Getting — and keeping — boys and girls in school, particularly in underprivileged areas, is a key development priority for the government of Morocco. The World Bank assisted in this effort advising on the design and implementation of the targeted cash transfer program, as well as by evaluating results to facilitate optimal scale-up in the future. The CCT program now reaches more than 340,000 students (or 200,000 households) both in elementary and secondary school. Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank

    Photo ID: Hoel_120316_DSC_7889

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