Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco

by Education For All Ltd
Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco
Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco
Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco
Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco
Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco
Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco
Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco
Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco
Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco
Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco
Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco
Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco
Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco
Sponsor A Girl's Education in Rural Morocco
The House Mothers prepare for the year ahead
The House Mothers prepare for the year ahead

We are excited to write this report knowing the borders have opened up again in Morocco!

Thanks to your support with this campaign, we have been able to ensure girls are sponsored though their education, food is bought, bills are paid and girls can connect to wider learning through the internet. You have donated generously to keep EFA strong in tough times, and the result is that girls are educated, empowered and thriving in this remote area of the High Atlas Mountains.

We managed to make a short documentary for International Day of the Girl last October (link at the end of this report) and also celebrated the fact that one of our former students, Kabira, completed her Master's Degree and is planning on doing her PhD in 2023! (See her photo below with her Mother.)

The open borders signify a new chapter. We hope that not only that there will be less school disruptions, but that EFA can focus again on welcoming Volunteers to the boarding houses again. We have just welcomed 3 volunteers from UK, Switzerland and Spain and there are more to come.

Volunteers are an important part of boarding house life as they bring fresh perspectives and additional support and activities into the girls lives. From art activities to meditation and yoga, the girls can expand their life skills and creativity.

Volunteers also support the House Mothers who have the monumental task of taking care of 30+ girls each day with daily homework and personal challenges. The volunteers bring much needed support to the House Mothers who also enjoy learning new ways of doing things so they too can grow their own skills. 

The pandemic has been challenging for us all, but thanks to your generous support we were able to keep our houses open for most of the time and ensure teenage girls could continue accessing education.

We very much hope that 2022 is an easier year for us all, and that girls continue to access education through the EFA boarding houses, so that their communities, country and indeed our whole world can flourish and work together to find solutions for our shared future.

Thank you for being part of this important mission!

Students like Oumaima love to use computers
Students like Oumaima love to use computers
A volunteer has her first couscous making session!
A volunteer has her first couscous making session!
The girls love to do art activities in the garden
The girls love to do art activities in the garden
Meditation activities on the roof!
Meditation activities on the roof!
Kabira gets her Master's in Civil Engineering
Kabira gets her Master's in Civil Engineering

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The new intake of girls for 2021/22
The new intake of girls for 2021/22

A New Dawn A New Day - Coming out of Covid! 

We have many things to celebrate together with you from the last few months!

Over the Summer we did a renovation of one of our oldest houses which was in need of repairs, new beds and computers. This house will be for girls who are 12-16 years old.

In October we opened for the new school year. This year we are at full capacity and welcomed 70 new girls to the EFA Boarding houses! They embark on a journey of first times- first time in secondary school, first time using a computer, first time having a hot shower! These girls would not be in school without the EFA houses, and we are so happy to see them step into their bright new future!

To celebrate International Day of the Girl on October 11, we launched a documentary which includes the life stories and messages from successful Moroccan women and the EFA girls' responses to them. You can watch it here or catch snippets of it on our IGTV channel.

Last week we witnessed an unforgettable event- the graduation of one of our first girls, Kabira, from her Master's Degree in Civil Engineering. This is a big moment for EFA, and proves that even girls from remote villages can reach for the stars with education and a nurturing enviroment. 

Khadija, another of our first students, has also been in touch to share about her new job as a Biology school teacher in her old high school. She shared with us: 

"It is an amazing experience and I am glad that I have this chance, because being educated was always a dream for me that came true, but teaching was just impossible even in the dream. I grew up seeing the teachers as the most wonderful, and amazing people in the world. I was raised to respect them in all situations, so it was very big for me to do this noble job.

But here I am  I have already corrected about 120 pages of a diagnostic test of my students ,and I feel that they really need me. I can see all the problems that we had when we were studying. I feel exactly where I should be because these kids need to believe in themselves and I think I can help them with that. I can tell them that education is the key to anything you want in the world !!! And no matter how impossible their dream looks, that it can came true by education and hard work!"

[see Kabira and Khadija in the images below]

When Kabira and Khadija started at EFA, they didn't know other girls like them who had completed school or gone to University. It's amazing to see that the new girls now have the older girls like them as strong role models, giving them the courage to go to school and be the change that is so needed for girls in their rural communities. This is how change happens, one girl at a time. 

Thank you for your amazing support so that these dreams can become a reality!

 

Khadija now teaches at her old school!
Khadija now teaches at her old school!
Kabira and her Mum at Master's Ceremony
Kabira and her Mum at Master's Ceremony
Kabira completes her Master's: proud Mum looks on!
Kabira completes her Master's: proud Mum looks on!
EFA Girls share their thoughts in new documentary
EFA Girls share their thoughts in new documentary

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30 girls pass the BAC, despite a challenging year!
30 girls pass the BAC, despite a challenging year!

It feels very fitting to send this report at the same time as the end of the school year. We can report that the year has gone so well, thanks to your support and the amazing strength of the EFA house mothers and girls, despite a challenging year. 

EXAM RESULTS
Even with 50% reduced lesson time this year, the girls have not let this get them down! We had a 82% pass for the Baccalaureat (BAC) last month. Six are retaking the exams this week and we are hopefully there will be more passes! 

It's amazing to have such a high pass rate, above the national average of 69%. This shows how important the EFA learning environment is, including the community of support and resources which help the girls keep up with their studies and stay motivated.

We are so proud of the girls for all their hard work and grateful to the house mothers for managing the new Covid guidelines and supporting the girls through their stresses and worries. It was also heart-warming to see local teachers and former EFA students come to give extra lessons to prepare the girls for their exams- like Salma who left EFA last year and is now studying Business Management at SIST in Casablanca.

 

PROJECT SOLIDARITY

The girls have also been busy helping others! The final year students started the 'Solidarity Project'. This project is entirely their own initiative and involves them collecting clothes and food donations and distributing them to the neighbouring villages in the remote High Atlas.

As well as distributing food, shoes and clothes, they do activities with the children, like face-painting and games. What is particularly inspiring is that they use this opportunity to speak to the communities about the importance of educating girls and share their experience of this. We are really impressed with their passion and how they have organised this project so creatively!

                    "Doing activities in the villages was the perfect day of my life."

 

LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

It is great to see how much the girls have continued to thrive this year and succeed with their studies. And for some light relief, the girls even had an online yoga, baking and Bhangra dance to keep their spirits up. See their dance routine in the video below and the full class with Gurdeep Pandher. 

 

THANK YOU

Your donations- whether one-off or monthly, large or small- contribute to all of this good news. Thanks to you, girls from remote villages can be educated, live their potential and share that with the next generation of girls in this region. 

Thank you! 

Project Solidarity!
Project Solidarity!
Study groups in preparation for the BAC
Study groups in preparation for the BAC
Project Solidarity- activities with the children
Project Solidarity- activities with the children
Salma (middle pink) comes back to help the girls
Salma (middle pink) comes back to help the girls
Computers  help the girls revise for exams
Computers help the girls revise for exams
Exam support from local teacher
Exam support from local teacher

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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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Education For All Ltd

Location: Epsom, Surrey, - United Kingdom
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Sonia Omar
Epsom, Surrey, United Kingdom
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