MONYATI SUPPORTS SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR GIRLS IN MOROCCO
"Salaam" she says to me with a big smile while she gives me the typical two cheek-kisses as the Moroccan way of greeting. My straight-forward German handshake with a good old "nice to meet you" didn't survive long during my stay in Morocco. I must have greeted more than 100plus students, teachers and staff and I have to say that I never had so many cheek-kisses in my entire life in one single day. I must have disappointed a few for accidentally not continuing the third, fourth, fifth cheek-kiss as customary in Morocco. Throughout the day students come in and out the boarding house where I am currently staying. It is located in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Monyati Initiatives decided to focus on a new education project here: we supported the set up of a new boarding house for girls from 12 to 18 years. This boarding house enables girls from the rural Atlas Mountains to attend secondary higher education. In the mountains they do not have access to secondary schools and parents feel reluctant to send their girls away without caretakers, a safe home and sufficient funds. The nearest secondary schools are too far to travel every day from remote villages where they live. Their parents are too poor to afford lodging near to the schools and they worry about entrusting their daughters to the care of existing facilities.
Thus this boarding house was constructed to accommodate 60 girls to stay completely free of charge and it provides them with all necessities such as school material, food, beds, toilets, showers, house-mothers etc. It was constructed and is managed by our partner organization Education For All in Morocco, a wonderful NGO that already has set up and manages five further boarding houses for girls. This latest boarding house was build in Takat n Yacoub in the Al Houz region and is located just across the secondary school, so that the girls have safe and easy access to attend their education. Once they complete their secondary education successfully, they are able to go to university as well. Monyati Initiatives donated $ 5,107 USD to purchase items needed for the set up of the new boarding house, such as washing machine, chairs, tables, cushions, curtains, lamps and school material; our special gratitude to donor Ahmed.
For the past few weeks I visited innovative education premises in Morocco as well as England. I have met smart, kind, humble young women. And while I listen to what they have to say about their plans and life, while they speak with confidence and ambition, I silently wonder "Have I been like this when I was their age?" It also forces me to acknowledge "I'm 38 years old. There is a new generation coming!" And while I write this to you I hear the sound of the clock on the wall. I fully notice its noise....tick ... one second has passed ... tock ... another second has passed ... tick ... tock ... tick ... tock. It irritates me. It dictates me. So I get up, take it off the wall, place it outside the room and sit down again. Ah! Silence! Now let me sit in quietness and reflect: What can I pass on to the next generation?
Founder | Monyati Initiatives