|A Moroccan School
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In Oct. I was fortunate enough to be able to take a vacation to Morocco. I got to soak in the beautiful landscape, walk and shop through the Medina and observe the culture. One morning as I sat looking out the window of the Riad we were staying at I started watching the children. It was early morning and the children were on their way to school. The children were joking around, laughing, skipping and playing.
In the next week and a half while I was there I noticed children on their way to or from school everywhere I went. I saw children walking in the middle of nowhere with backpacks on. I saw children on donkeys and I even saw children hanging on the windows of the outside of a school bus to save themselves a long walk home.
These sights haunted me so when I got home I started looking up info about Moroccan Schools and Moroccan school system I have learned a lot. The first thing I learned was how very much these children want an education, I also learned that sadly often times they have to drop out of school very early to help at home. The public schools in Morocco are extremely underfunded and over crowded. They often have between 30 and 40 kids to a class.
|Children of Morocco
Photo courtesy of Lucien Mahin
I learned that the children I saw walking in the remote areas of Morocco are going to classes in facilities that have neither water or electricity, but, these children are luckier then some. Often there are no facilities at all, no classrooms let alone restrooms. half the day in pursuit of an education.
I plan on traveling back to Morocco and I would love to use social Media as a means to change some of this. I know I can’t do it alone and this is where I would like to get other bloggers to help. I have already had some very prominent ones offer and am hoping others will after they read this.
Here is what I want to do. I would like at least 10 other bloggers to contact their local schools and get them involved in gathering school supplies. I would like to see the teachers that are helping use it as a chance to teach the children, not only about Morocco, but about the culture there. I would love for the bloggers to be spread the word about this as they gather the items.
I will look for a sponsor to help with the cost of getting the supplies there. I have contacted a couple of bloggers that are in Morocco and would call on their help to give away the supplies over there. What I would love to do is to set up computers with Skype so the children in the US can see the excitement on the faces of the children of Morocco when they receive the gifts they helped gather.
If you are a blogger and would be interested in being part of this please fill out the contact form on the right.