OUR HANDS: Education

The GAD Committee continues the Our Hands campaign to highlight women’s work in Morocco with this week’s theme: Education. Education in Morocco extends beyond the traditional school setting. Women pass down knowledge to Moroccan youth in a multitude of ways. Skills, traditions, and stories are shared and taught in associations, in women’s centers and youth centers, in the household, in religious locales, etc. When we look beyond the conventional sites of learning, it is evident that women have been educating Moroccan youth for generations in indispensable ways, preserving culture and history, and advancing Moroccan society’s capacity for growth.

America Muñoz kicked off Week 4: Education by describing some of her work in Akka:

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“Young women in my community of Akka often leave their studies from a young age due to a number of different reasons. Women’s associations provide a space for these young women to develop learning skills in a number of different areas. At the Association Femmes Banni Akka, I was able to teach a beginners computer literacy class where young women learned the basics of operating a computer and using basic Microsoft programs. Here my best student is putting her knowledge to use by helping me create a website for the association.”

PCV and GAD member Amara Wilson sent in this photo from the Azilal region:

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“At Azilal’s Nedi Neswi, the preschool teacher Samira helps girls and boys develop their creative minds through various activities. Hands are incorporated often in these activities and in the classroom. Here Samira works with students to make turkeys with her students and Azilal volunteer Amara.”

America also submitted this photo, which depicts more incredible work in her site:

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“This picture was taken at a Women’s Leadership Training where 7 Women’s Associations came together to talk about women’s leadership and to learn methods of capacity building for their respective associations. The participant in the picture is putting to practice the information she has learned by creating a mission statement for her association, the aim of the session was to have associations have clear visions and goals for their associations in order to ensure successful project planning.”

Thank you to all who submitted photos! Keep following along on the GAD Instagram, and be sure to post your own photos using the hashtags #ourhands2018 and #gadmorocco.

Posted by Caroline Hayes


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