Work with girls my last few months of service

As I wrote in my blog post “Reflection on Let Girls Learn in my Community” most of my work during my first year of service at the dar shebab (youth center) benefitted boys. Girls face many obstacles to achieving their high school diploma in my community like housework, different expectations, and few role models of… Continue reading Work with girls my last few months of service

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Reflection on Let Girls Learn in my community, Part 3: Role models, Miriem’s story, and my different upbringing and values

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

Reflection on Let Girls Learn in my community, Part 2: Different expectations and Khadija’s story

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

Reflection on Let Girls Learn in my community, Part 1: Housework and Fatima Zahara’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