May 6, 2021

Update: Digital Tools for Girls' in Rural Morocco

Devices meant they could get scholarships to Uni
Devices meant they could get scholarships to Uni

We launched this campaign in response to the covid lockdown in Morocco last year. It was the first time we had had to close the EFA houses. This meant the girls all had to return to their villages for 3 months leaving them stranded as they had little or no means to access online lessons over those 3 months. Many had exams coming up, and yet they had no means of revising for their studies.

 

" I actually started to feel afraid that the school might never open again. For me I didn’t even have access to see classes on television and I didn’t have phone access in my village, so I felt completely isolated."  Oumaima, 17 years

 

This campaign meant that we could purchase tablets for the final year students who had impending exams. They said they would not have been able to sit the exams without them! Thankfully the houses opened again last September, however lessons have been reduced to meet distancing guidelines. Continuing with this campaign has meant we have been able to purchase more computers so that the girls can engage in many helpful online activities, including our volunteer programme which shifted online and many interesting webinars.

 

"When I finally heard that school would start again, I was very excited. Being back at EFA really helps me study. I get support from my friends and housemothers and I can use a computer." Khadija, 16 years

  

The pandemic revealed that there is a stark digital divide in Morocco, especially for rural girls. Your support has meant we can bridge that gap in a variety of ways, equipping them with vital skills and digital confidence to get them through this unusual time and prepare them for University and better employment opportunities in the future.

 

Thank you!

The girls join a webinar with inspiring women
The girls join a webinar with inspiring women
Having help from online volunteers
Having help from online volunteers
The girls study using online programmes
The girls study using online programmes

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Mar 23, 2021

Update: Equip a Computer Room in Rural Morocco

Using a laptop to connect with volunteers
Using a laptop to connect with volunteers

If you are reading this, you are lucky enough to have a device and to be able to connect with and learn about the world through the internet. Your job probably requires using a computer and maybe you had a compiter to study with. Knowing how to use them is a vital part of life. It's hard to imagine that this is not the case for many communities in the world.

Access to computers is rare for girls in the remote High Atlas. They do not have them at home, nor do they have internet access. Even having a device is unlikely due to poverty. Maybe there is one phone shared between a family of 10 people.

We believe that educating girls is essential and that every girls has the right to reach her potential in life. Computers cannot be separated out from a edcuation which is why the EFA boarding houses each have a computer rooms. There are no computers in their schools, however living at the boarding houses means the girls can use them for their homework, research and grow in confidence and IT litteracy. These skills can take them all the way to University and skilled jobs!

Since covid, the need for computers at the houses has grown. Our volunteer programme had to go online and so did many of the school lessons. We set up this project to help expand our capacity and get more computers (and replace our very old and broken ones). 

If you have donated to this project, a big thank you! We have reached 5% of our target so far, which is almost enough to buy a new computer. We can't wait to update you soon with our progress. Please share the project link in the meantime so we can grow support for this project together.

Building girls' digital skills at the EFA houses
Building girls' digital skills at the EFA houses
Digital confidence!
Digital confidence!
Computer Room
Computer Room
A tablet is a lifeline during lockdown
A tablet is a lifeline during lockdown

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Mar 16, 2021

Update: Sponsor A Girl's Education in Morocco

The EFA houses re-open in September 2020
The EFA houses re-open in September 2020

Dear Supporter

We launched this GlobalGiving project to highlight the core work of Education For All which is to sponsor girls from the remote rural villages in the the High Atlas in Morocco through their secondary education. This project is giving us the essential support we need to keep our 6 boarding houses for 250 girls running. The pandemic has made access to school challenging, but thanks to your support, girls are continuing their education.

The EFA boarding houses re-openened in September 2020 due to us implementing strict hygiene regulations in the houses and also reducing the number of girls in the houses at one time (through a weekly rotating system). We look forward to returning to full capacity by September 2021.

Since the lockdown, the girls are more determined than ever to study. The funds we raised on GlobalGiving to buy devices continue to serve some of the girls so we can stay in touch with them when they are back in their villages. We also got more computers so the girls can maximise their study time, access online lessons and not fall behind.

“When they first shut down the schools in the middle of  March it felt like a holiday and I was actually happy to be at home with my family.  However, as time passed, I started feeling very sad and empty and missing school  because since I was 5 years old it has always been a big part of my life. 

After a time, I actually started to feel afraid that the school might never open  again. For me I didn’t even have access to see classes on television and also, I didn’t  even have phone access in my village, so I felt completely isolated. 

When I finally  heard that school would start again, I was very excited.  Being back at EFA really helps me study. I get support from my friends and  housemothers. I have access to computers. It makes all the difference.”

Ibtisam, 16 years

The pandemic has caused one of the biggest disruptions to education (according to UNICEF), and girls from rural areas of the world are the most severly impacted. It is more important than ever to ensure access to school for girls, and thanks to your support, we can continue our work so girls do not miss out on an education. Educating girls reduces poverty, improves family health, brings peace and prosperity to societies and even supports the environment because educated girls have smaller families and have more tools to deal with the impact of climate change. 

Thank you for all your support with this campaign and we look forward to sharing more updates in the near future. To help us grow our community of supporters like you,  please share our link with your friends.

World change starts with educating girls. Thank you for being a big part of this change!

3 girls pass their BAC + go to Uni in Casablanca!
3 girls pass their BAC + go to Uni in Casablanca!
Hygiene rules at the boarding houses
Hygiene rules at the boarding houses
Studying outside on the rooftop!
Studying outside on the rooftop!
Our volunteer programme goes online!
Our volunteer programme goes online!
Photo project with volunteers
Photo project with volunteers
Girls have online lessons with volunteers
Girls have online lessons with volunteers
Cooking time!
Cooking time!
boarding house life
boarding house life
Education is key!
Education is key!
Walking to school takes 2 minutes- not 4 hours!
Walking to school takes 2 minutes- not 4 hours!

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