The Moroccan Délégation générale à l’administration pénitentiaire et à la reinsertion (DGAPR) hosted a second trainer certification ceremony at its National Training Academy, in partnership with the Global Center. The ceremony marked the certification of a further 20 trainers from five administrative regions in Morocco (Dakhla, Tanger – Tetouan – Al Hoceima, Souss – Massa, Daraa Tafilalet, L’aayoune Sakiya Hamra),who will be responsible for the regional implementation of a national awareness raising course on preventing and countering violent extremism in prisons. The ceremony was officiated by the director of the National Training Academy of the Moroccan prison service, with participation of officials from the Embassy of Great Britain and the executive director of the Global Center.
The certified trainers were shortlisted through a DGAPR recruitment process that attracted hundreds of internal applicants. Following several rounds of rigorous training, applied practice workshops, monitoring, and evaluation, the Global Center and DGAPR experts selected 20 deserving applicants for training certification. These trainers will implement instructional courses in their respective regions to colleagues, ensuring that prison staff improve competence and confidence on issues related to violent extremism in prisons. With support from the United Kingdom, regional trainers are now equipped with projectors, laptops, and digital training materials to facilitate coursesaway from central and regional headquarters.
Since 2016 the Global Center has partnered with DGAPR and its National Training Academy to develop, deliver, monitor and evaluate a series of staff training programs on managing terrorism offenders and identifying and addressing radicalization and recruitment to violent extremism in prisons in the Kingdom of Morocco. These activities form part of the Global Center’s Countering Violent Extremism in Prisons (CVE-P) program, tailored versions of which are also implemented in Indonesia and Kenya. The CVE-P Program is supported by the governments of the United Kingdom, Canada, The Netherlands, Australia, Norway, and New Zealand.