Promotion of school enrollment/retention, particularly for rural girls. Adult literacy classes, particularly for women. Encouraging national educational policy reform and other local initiatives.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
An estimated 2.5 million girls of primary-school age live in Morocco's countryside, where less than half attend school. When they do, 80% drop out between grades 1-6. Girls generally marry before age 14 and help with chores and child-rearing. There is strong social pressure not to attend school, and when they do, often there's hostility and they leave discouraged. NEF is working in a range of ways in isolated Berber villages in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains to reverse that.
How will this project solve this problem?
Development of Parent-Teacher Associations for community involvement; closer cooperation among communities, teachers & administrators. Adult education classes and extracurricular learning. Renovation of schools.
Potential Long Term Impact
Creates national model for rural educational reform. Confronts gender issue by engaging women in PTAs & adult literacy. Education will improve quality of life and stimulate local economic development. Antidote to terrorism.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.