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.
Development of Parent-Teacher Associations for community involvement; closer cooperation among communities, teachers & administrators. Adult education classes and extracurricular learning. Renovation of schools.
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.