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Bank of Africa Foundation

A leader in promoting sustainable development over the past 20 years

A royal tribute

On the occasion of the Feast of the Throne celebrated on 30th July 2016, His Majesty, King Mohammed VI bestowed the Order of Ouissam Alaouite on Dr Leila Mezian Benjelloun, Chairperson of Bank of Africa Foundation. 

Bank of Africa Foundation, established in 1995, aims to promote education in rural areas for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and to contribute to environmental protection. Every year, BOA Group allocates 4% of its gross operating income to its Foundation, whose work is highly esteemed in Morocco and Africa


The Foundation manages the school network comprising 66 schools, including 62 in Morocco, 2 in Senegal, 1 in DRC, 1 in Mali, 1 in Rwanda and 1 in Djibouti. Some 22,000 children have been schooled since 2000, 50% of whom are girls. The Foundation has also built and equipped 200 pre-school units in support of the Ministry of National Education’s programme to promote pre-school education in Morocco's state schools. It has already improved literacy among the adult population, benefiting more than 12,000 adults, with parents increasingly aware about the importance of their children's schooling. 

The Foundation is contributing to community-based development in Morocco by enabling access to remote villages (douars) by building roads, to drinking water by connecting villages to the mains water supply and to the electricity grid in rural areas. A partnership between Bank of Africa Foundation and the Tawada microcredit association is aimed at helping parents of pupils attending network schools. In just 8 years, 2,000 people have benefited from this initiative. 

Alongside the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, Bank of Africa Foundation is committed to helping to restore Morocco's cultural heritage. A good example of this are the Sidi Bouknabel exotic gardens (Rabat-Salé region), which have become a means of environmental education. On a much smaller scale, 62 gardens have been created across the school network. 


Fondation Bank of Africa