In a written statement from the Moroccan Ministry of Education, “This step has been taken in line with the requirements of the legal texts regarding the implementation of the fifth chapter of the Moroccan Constitution, which makes the Amazig language (in addition to Arabic) the official language of the state, and the activation of the official character of the Amazig language.” expressions were used.
In the statement, which noted that the number of primary schools providing education in Amazig language will be increased starting from next year, the number of schools to be included in the decision was not specified, but it was emphasized that the Ministry aimed to reach half of the schools after 3 years and all of them after 6 years.
In Morocco, teaching the Amazig language has been accepted in a limited number of schools since 2003.
The Amazig language was accepted as the country’s second official language, along with Arabic, according to the Constitution in 2011.
The Berbers, also known as the Amazig, are known as a community of indigenous people whose population is estimated to exceed 50 million, living in the region stretching from the Siva Oasis in the west of Egypt in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the west, the Mediterranean Sea in the north, and the Sahara in the south.