Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens

by Global Diversity Foundation
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens
Trees waiting to be transplanted to the garden
Trees waiting to be transplanted to the garden

Since beginning the rehabilitation of the gardens at the Lalla Aouda Saadia high school, GDF and its partners have made great efforts to involve students, teaching staff and administration in the project. The success of the project thus far is demonstrated by the broad participation of school members on all levels. Led by their teachers, the girls have been contributing to each step of the project. While cleaning and tending to the gardens, they have been learning how to compost and identify plants.

In June, Global Diversity Foundation signed a partnership with an association at Lalla Aouda Saadia that aims to support school success, whose president is the headmaster at the school. This joint cooperation will help to facilitate the rehabilitation of the garden.

On 18 June, Charles Hamilton, who is conducting a Master study on the rehabilitation of green space around Lalla Aouda Saadia, presented his research to the school’s director, numerous students and representatives of a local organization.

As part of the ongoing Lalla Aouda Saadia school garden project, GDF is working on ethnobotanical education with the students. During the past academic year, thirty students conducted their own field research by interviewing Marrakechi herbalists about important cultural recipes. GDF is now organizing a database of the girls’ findings, titled, “An Ethnobotanical Study of Five Traditional Women’s Recipes.”  In the autumn of this year, the girls will be able to re-examine, analyze, and discuss their own data.  We hope that this will be the first of many such educational initiatives at Lalla Aouda Saadia.

Thanks to its generous donors, GDF has been able to not only lay the groundwork for Lalla Aouda Saadia’s gardens, but to build the educational framework that will allow students to explore their city’s rich ethnobotanical traditions.

Students pruning and weeding the garden
Students pruning and weeding the garden
Smiles are everywhere after a hard day's work
Smiles are everywhere after a hard day's work
Len Davis of Pangeality Productions capturing work
Len Davis of Pangeality Productions capturing work
Students label specimens collected for research
Students label specimens collected for research
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The school campus before the big clean-up
The school campus before the big clean-up

Global Diversity Foundation, our project partner Aniko Boehler, and the students and staff at the Lalla Aouda Saadia School would like to extend our gratitude to the 68 donors who have supported the Educate 1300 Girls By Restoring A Marrakech Garden project to date. Thanks to you, work can begin on this community endeavor that will develop sustainably over the coming years – providing the school community with a learning environment that can nourish students body and soul.

Thorn trees planted long ago to surround the school have grown unchecked for years, creating areas that collect garbage and are unwelcome to the students. These photos highlight the recent improvements made by work crews hired to remove litter and trim overgrown trees. These initial efforts are essential to preparing the campus for the landscaping and planting that is to follow. 

While the grounds are being cleared of rubbish and prepared, Charles Hamilton, a graduate student in landscape architecture, is working with the school to draw up a garden plan that includes both ornamental and edible plants, and captures the rich cultural history of Marrakech. He has created a 3D computer model of the campus that will serve as the base structure for the proposed garden redesigns, as well as hand-drawn and computer sketches of the future garden.

In December, Len Davis of Pangeality Productions (http://www.pangealityproductions.com/home/), a video production company with a commitment to social justice, visited the Lalla Aouda Saadia Girls’ School to produce a documentary of the work that is underway. The short film, which is nearing completion, describes how the project came about and captures the perspectives of students and teachers on the revitalization of their campus.

We look forward to bringing the Lalla Aouda Saadia School garden to life with the students, and we will share our progress with you each step of the way. We welcome you to post comments and questions to our Wall. Please consider telling your friends and family about the project. We are just beginning this transformation, and we count on you to help make this garden a reality.

The school campus after the big clean-up
The school campus after the big clean-up
Designs based on zellij patterns -C. Hamilton 2011
Designs based on zellij patterns -C. Hamilton 2011
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Pommelien Da Silva Cosme
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