Role models Like I mentioned in an earlier blog, role models of educated or workingwomen are hard to find; a girl’s goal is to settle down and start a household. Like teenage girls in any country, I often find girls heads filled with boys and not about their studies or learning a new skill, working,… Continue reading Reflection on Let Girls Learn in my community, Part 3: Role models, Miriem’s story, and my different upbringing and values
Different expectations I also find that parents don’t have high expectations for their girls’ education. Perhaps they can’t imagine anything beyond their own experience or maybe they are pessimistic about the general economic situation. Even if their daughters attend high school, parents consider that education for a housewife is not necessary. I challenge that point… Continue reading Reflection on Let Girls Learn in my community, Part 2: Different expectations and Khadija’s story
I will upload this post in 3 parts. I have changed the names of my friends to protect their privacy. First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to Morocco and Marrakesh made me reflect deeply on the struggles of girls in my community to achieve an education. When I look back upon my year’s work at… Continue reading Reflection on Let Girls Learn in my community, Part 1: Housework and Fatima Zahara’s story
It’s been a while since I’ve posted! I was on vacation most of August and September in Spain. The village was dead with the intense summer heat. I didn’t see anyone out and about until 6pm. Lots of people traveled to see family in duars (farming villages), Marrakesh, or coastal towns (Agadir, Casablanca, and Rabat).… Continue reading Dar shebab and markaz update and Supporting People with Special Needs workshop
The day after I got back to my village from the Library workshop, I left for an Employability training at Peace Corps Morocco headquarters in Rabat with my Moroccan counterpart Achraf, a 27-year old construction worker, plumber, and electrician in town. The UNDP cites the employment to population ratio (age 15 +) is 45.9; the… Continue reading Many say they want to find a job, get married, and start a family: first Employability training!!!
Peace Corps Morocco (PC-M) organizes trainings led by Peace Corps (PC) staff and other professionals over the course of the year for Peace Corps volunteers (PCVs) and their Moroccan counterparts, like the Life skills and leadership training I went to last October with Souhaib. The trainings help to start new programs and projects in dar… Continue reading Library workshop
You might have seen in the news early this month that First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, visited Morocco, and my city, Marrakesh, to promote the Let Girls Learn initiative. The Let Girls Learn initiative was launched in March 2015 “to address the range of challenges preventing adolescent girls from attaining a quality… Continue reading Let Girls Learn in Marrakesh