Proparco is supporting the development of the Mission Laïque Française

Multi-country Global Lebanon Côte d'Ivoire Egypt Ethiopia Morocco
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mlf - Lycée international Jean-Mermoz, Abidjan, janvier 2016
Proparco is supporting the development of innovative education in Africa and the Middle East with a loan allocated to the Mission Laïque Française and OSUI (sister association of MLF and part of its network), which are longstanding operators in French education abroad for projects in Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire, Lebanon, Egypt and Ethiopia. This financing is part of the development plan for French education around the world adopted by the public authorities.
Client presentation

Mission Laïque Française, a French non-profit association recognized as a public utility, heads a network of 112 French educational establishments abroad with over 60,000 students in 39 countries. It also works as an operator for the State and/or companies for educational cooperation actions. OSUI, the co-borrower, is a French non-profit association and a sister association of MLF. It is part of the MLF network and owns all the Moroccan establishments.    

Project description

Proparco is supporting the modernization and expansion of MLF’s network, especially in non-French speaking countries such as Ethiopia and Egypt. A EUR 60m loan will finance projects for the refurbishment and extension of the Lycée Français in Addis Ababa and the Lycée Verdun in Beirut, building works to double the number of students at the Lycée Français in Alexandria and, finally, the loan to OSUI will finance the relocation of the André Malraux primary school in Rabat to the extended secondary school campus.  
An additional EUR 5m grant will contribute to financing the development of two regional training centers for teachers, in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire, as well as an energy efficiency and sustainable development program to support MLF for certain construction projects financed by Proparco.

Project impact

Many impacts are expected from Proparco’s support for the development of the Mission Laïque Française:

  • Proparco’s financing will contribute to improving education provision with the refurbishment of establishments and the increase in their capacity. It will also support French-language outreach.  
  • The construction of training centers for teachers from MLF and other private establishments, in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire, will contribute to improving the quality of education by allowing over 7,000 teachers to benefit from 5-year training leading to a qualification and/or diploma based on teaching methods.
  • This project could also support up to 5,000 jobs.
  • The project’s energy efficiency component should have a positive impact on the avoidance or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to the impacts of climate change, through the improvement in energy and environmental performance and the environmental certification of buildings, in particular in Egypt, Ethiopia and Morocco.     
Date of signature of the project
Multi-country Global Lebanon Côte d'Ivoire Egypt Ethiopia Morocco
Financing tool
65 000 000 Euros
Amount of funding
EUR 60m loan and additional EUR 5m grant
Financing details
Mission Laique Francaise - Office scolaire et universitaire international