The Belgian School of Casablanca (EBC) has inaugurated its second institution in Casablanca on January 18, 2017, with the presence of Rudy Demotte, Minister-President of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (FWB).
The new education facility covers an area of 22,000 square meters found sitting in a location twenty-one kilometers from the exit of Casablanca. The school will accommodate students and groups enrolling for first to sixth secondary level, representing an age ranging from 13 to 18 years. The second facility of the Belgian School in Casablanca, the secondary unit, is a Belgian school with a curriculum adopted from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, governed by the agreement undertaken by the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco and the government of the FWB on May 21, 2014.
Like all Belgian schools, the EBC follows the Belgian curriculum, whereby the students at the end of their complete schooling obtain the Certificate of Secondary Education (CESS), which makes the EBC conform to the decree of the missions of organizing education in FWB.
We learn differences as enrichments and we rely on these differences to teach universal values in a world that is often deconstructed. This school is different and complements Moroccan education and generally different from French education. Francophone Belgium has a mode of education which is more concerned in pedagogical flexibility. It should be noted that the said new building has been operational since the beginning of the school year.
It is beneficial to the young people in Casablanca to have more options for the educational institution. This new development will improve the status of education in the country. With this project, new opportunities will arise especially in the educational sector. New jobs will be created for the educators and instructors. It is possible that the agreement between Morocco and Wallonia-Brussels will be in a good platform as both countries complement each other’s initiatives. The Kingdom of Morocco is focusing on improving the quality of education in the country and provide more facilities and infrastructures required for education. On the other hand, FWB aims to expand and enhance their businesses, and fortify its presence in the region.
With the agreement signed by both nations, each party highlights the subjects that they want to focus and improve.
As the result of a collaboration between the Kingdom of Morocco and Belgium, several aspects of Moroccan education are integrated into the curriculum such as the Arabic language, history and geography of the Kingdom. This year, approximately 160 EBC students have joined the new building. The aim of the Belgian School is to prepare students to take a dynamic role in their society by encouraging them to become independent and responsible. But this is not all, the EBC also aims to raise students’ awareness of economic, social and environmental matters by developing their creativity and preparing them to grasp technological advances. This is included in the goal that is promoted by Rudy Demotte: ‘The Belgian school of Casablanca as an aspiration to give an understanding and distinguished instruction.