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Marrakech, December 19, 2008 – Lauding a need to increase of the country's education spending, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Moulay Rachid has advocated concrete measures to upgrade Morocco's education system.

Reminding about the importance of education to international competitiveness, Crown Prince Moulay Rachid has taken an important step towards developing education in the Kingdom, laying out guidelines and principles for education policy in visual arts.

In 2007, Crown Prince Moulay Rachid launched a first ever major national cinema school, the Marrakech Graduate School of Visual Arts, with the aim to enable everybody to improve their own qualifications through education.

The school is the first of its kind in the country and embodies a holistic approach to professional and cultural education, opening up fresh personal horizons.

One of key factors of success of school are the Master Classes delivered by prominent professionals of the international film community, including the veteran US movie director Martin Scorsese, Elia Suleiman, Gilles Taurand screenwriter and actor Nour Cherif.

This year during the eighth edition of the Marrakech International Festival, the Master Classes were hosted by British director Hugh Hudson, Spanish director Villaronga Agusti and Egyptian actor Ezzat El Alaili.

Crown Prince Moulay Rachid's campaigns to ensure that all children and young have the same chance of gaining a sound education have helped to inspire and encourage those hoping to succeed through education.