First of all, happy new year to all our GlobalGiving friends! Your support this past year has allowed us to continue supporting the Dar Taliba boarding house and growing the school garden despite the challenges we faced due to national Covid-19 restrictions. We hope we can continue to grow this project and our GlobalGiving community in 2022 and wish you all health and happiness!
As schools remained closed in Morocco until October due to Covid-19, we have been focusing our energy on creating an exciting new activities for the second half of the school year which will kick of this month for all 154 students that are currently in residence at Dar Taliba. Meanwhile, Dar Taliba director Fatema and gardener Al Housseine have been busy planting seeds and vegetables with the girls. The garden is bursting with life and greens, and the first-year students are discovering all the Dar Taliba school garden has to offer: fruits, vegetables, medinical herbs, endemic species and lots of seeds!
We are so pleased to share with you all that we organised our first rural-urban exchange in November with students from Dar Taliba and local students of the Tizgui primary school in Marrakech. We held an interactive workshop on agroecology during which students collaborated together in small mixed groups in order to increase levels of exchange between participants from urban and rural areas. The day also included a planting activity in local gardens, a tasting session of High Atlas food products and an art activity to create drawings of agro ecological farms (see photos below).
The workshops offered the Dar Taliba girls an opportunity to learn more about agroecology in an interactive and fun way, while also interacting with a new group of students and exchanging their traditional knowledge with them. Moreover, they really enjoyed going to Marrakech city and changing their usual environment for a day!
Thanks to the support of our GlobalGiving friends, we will be able to offer more of these exchanges in 2022 between the Dar Taliba girls, other students and local actors in the region.
Until our next update, you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram or visit our website for more updates about new activities at the Dar Taliba school garden and the students.
Drawing agroecological farms
Dar Taliba students planting bean seeds
Students taking care of the plant nursery