We are very excited to announce the foundation of a girls' scholarship and community tutoring program that will compliment the community library. In parnership with the Iqra Fund and the local Association Amezray SMNID we will be launching the program in 2012. The first group of scholarship girls will begin attending middle school in September of 2012.
Currently, the region only offers education up to the sixth grade. And many families cannot afford to send their kids on to junior high school and high school at the nearest available schools; 80 kilometers away. Additionally, girls' families are hesitant to have their daughters stay in the government dormitories, where there is risk of drinking, smoking, and hanging out with boys.
The scholarship program will provide private housing for all of the girls, including a live-in chaperone, cook, and a strict set of rules that will help ease parents' concerns.
Additionally, the tutoring program will help prepare primary school students for continuing their education and ensuring that they will receive the marks necessary to succeed in secondary and high school.
"The future of the region is in the youth," said SMNID president Youssef Oulcadi, "we must invest in them to change our future and improve the well-being of all of the people in the region."
Zawiya Ahansal is considered the second poorest region of Morocco with extremely high illiteracy rates; over 90% of women and 70% of men cannot read or write.