Children
 Morocco
Project #1398

Literacy for Moroccan Girls

by Near East Foundation (NEF)
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Summary

Promotion of school enrollment/retention, particularly for rural girls. Adult literacy classes, particularly for women. Encouraging national educational policy reform and other local initiatives.
$3,834
total raised
50
donors
0
monthly donors
10
years active

Challenge

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.

Solution

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

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.nefdev.org
Drop Outs Back in Schools & Literacy Training
Commitment to Moroccan Educational Reform
Fuel-Efficient Cook Stoves for Moroccan Villagers
2005 Annual Report Morocco

Organization Information

Near East Foundation (NEF)

Location: Syracuse, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.neareast.org
Project Leader:
Helen Rubeiz
Program Associate
New York, New York Morocco

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