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Morocco Week in Review 
January 26, 2019

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

Involve the local community

22/01/2019 – by Kerstin Opfer

In Morocco, the High Atlas Foundation is running a pro-poor agro-forestry programme that improves people’s livelihoods as well as the health of the natural environment. The key to success is the participatory approach that empowers marginalised villagers to take their fate into their own hands. Natural landscapes are deteriorating worldwide. Approximately 30 % of the world’s natural forests are expected to be lost by the end of this century. Furthermore, 25 % of all land on earth is currently threatened by desertification. The implications are severe soil erosion, reduced agricultural productivity, food insecurity and the dwindling of biodiversity.

Moroccan teachers' English training at the heart of Moroccan-British talks in London

The training of Moroccan teachers in English was at the center, on Monday in London, of a meeting between Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research Said Amzazi and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Alistair Burt.
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Tree Planting Day Provides Economic, Social And Environmental Development Across Morocco

January 19, 2019 By Staff Writer

Moroccan communities are being invited to plant thousands of trees donated by the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) on Monday 21st January 2019 ‘Tree Planting Day’ – an annual planting event coordinated by the Foundation – contributing to economic, social, and environmental development across the Kingdom of Morocco. The Foundation’s President, Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir said “the aim of the day is to promote the spirit of planting at this time of the year, which is the planting season for fruit trees and medicinal plants in Morocco.”

Morocco Seeks Digital Transformation for Economic, Social Development

Morocco needs an “updated and integrated digital strategy” to ensure the acceleration of digital development projects, says El Othmani.


Morocco “is betting on digital transformation to achieve a qualitative leap in economic and social development,” Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani said Friday in Rabat. El Othmani, who was chairing the second board of directors of the digital development agency, said King Mohammed VI has kept insisting through his speeches on the need to take advantage of information technology to accelerate reaching national development goals, according to a statement El Othmani’s department issued after the meeting. ================================================

Survey: 87% of Moroccans Say Government Not Doing Enough for Employment

Are the government’s slavish spending on infrastructure and repeated promises to better Moroccans’ lives the most visible side of a darker tale?


A recent poll has found that Moroccans are pessimistic about their financial prospects, given the country’s deepening unemployment and poverty levels. Citing figures from the results of the latest Afrobarometer survey in its January 21 edition, Akhbar Al Yaoum reported that more than 66 percent of Moroccans rated unemployment as the most serious impediment to their own and the country’s economic prospects. According to the survey, the majority of Moroccans said they have been disappointed by the government’s employment policies, and they think authorities are not doing enough to curb unemployment. ================================================

The Black Princess's Story-The Secret is Out and "Chained Free" Written by Princess Karen Chatman

The Black Princess's Story-The controversial story of an underground society where this kind of love was welcomed

Her Royal Highness Karen Chatman (Princess Karen), born in Natchez Mississippi, United States of America and the sixth generation Grand Daughter of Prince Abdularahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori (Prince Sori) of Morocco and Guinea; announces her plans to visit Prince Sori's homeland(s) in 2019. Princess Karen will be meeting her Royal family doing the visit and sharing with them her new book, “Chained Free”. CONTACT INFORMATION: H.R.H.princesskaren@gmail.com

Morocco’s Ait Benhaddou is 2nd Most Instagrammed Game of Thrones Site

Morocco’s Kasbah Ait Benhaddou is one of the most eye-catching filming locations featured in the epic HBO series Game of Thrones.

By Ahlam Ben Saga - Rabat

The good news for Game of Thrones fans is that it is finally 2019, and there are only a few months to go until the release of the eighth and final season of the series in April. For the special occasion, Buzz Bingo has made a list of the “Top 10 most Instagrammed Game of Thrones filming locations.” Kasbah Ait Benhaddou in the southern Moroccan province of Ouarzazate ranked as the second most “Instagrammed” location. Instagrammers have captured photos of the site 58,933 times with the city’s hashtag.

‘Homeland’ to Shoot Final Season in Morocco

The eighth and last season of the “Homeland” series will return to Morocco, shooting in southern Morocco this time.

By Amal El Attaq

Shooting for the final season of “Homeland” is scheduled to begin in early February in Morocco as a substitute for Afghanistan. After filming the sixth season in Rabat and its surroundings, especially in Sale, Tamesna, Temara, and Skhirat, Homeland will move to the south of Morocco this time.

Vocational Training Scholarships in Morocco Increases by 177%

Morocco has increased scholarships and educational and administrative staff at vocational training centers.

The number of scholarships Morocco granted to vocational trainees has increased by 177 percent between 2018 and 2019, according to Morocco’s minister of education, Said Amzazi. During a press conference on Thursday, Amzazi professed his satisfaction with the achievements of the educational sector, especially regarding the opening of 27 training centers between 2015 and 2018 and the increase of the graduation rate by 7 percent in the same period. For the benefit of 105,000 trainees enrolled in training centers in Casablanca, Tangier, and Marrakech, the ministry opened vocational guidance and counseling services within the centers.

Moroccan Student Wins Arab Innovation Academy Award with Travel App

The Moroccan student, Chaimae El Mahdawi, won first place for an app she built that tracks health risks while travelling.

By Amal El Attaq

The Arab Innovation Academy (AIA) has announced the winning startup team, led by Moroccan student Chaimae El Mahdawi, of the second annual Qatari competition. El Mahdawi’s team won the prize for their “Salamat-e” mobile application on January 15, in Doha.“Salamat-e” gives travelers information about diseases, prevention measures, and relevant vaccinations before travelling. The app includes other health tools like the “Map Clinic,” which connects to a GPS and tracks travelers’ health status.

Spain Launches Post-Graduate Study Abroad Program For Moroccans

Spain will offer 80 Moroccan students an Erasmus equivalent program.

By Amal El Attaq Rabat

The Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education (SEPIE) announced that it will launch a program, similar to Erasmus, to support Moroccan university students. Moroccan students can go to Spain to pursue postgraduate studies and then return home with academic experience abroad under their belts.

UCL: Social Exclusion, Not Poverty or Education, Causes Radicalization.

By Tamba François Koundouno

What if poverty and education level have little to do with radicalization?


As governments struggle to curb radicalization, an international study has established that curing social exclusion is the best way forward. The study, which was conducted by a team of international researchers including University College London, has found that social exclusion is the most important determining factor in radicalization, dispelling a number of well-established theories. Researchers used neuroimaging techniques to shed insight into how the brains of potential jihadists respond to different social stimuli.

Morocco Travel: Highlights and Insights- Part I

Monday 7th of January 2019 by Multidimension Written by: Maria Lazgin Ciercielli Paris, France  Photo- Ilyasse Larousssi, Kazi Tina, Shutterstock

Thoughts of Morocco inspire images of flowing desert sands, bustling souks with spices piled high, and shiny silver teapots full of mint tea. These scenes are all exciting, and I want to add a few more to your mind. Morocco has a beautiful variety of climates and landscapes, and it would be easy for you to want to take multiple vacations to see it all. Marrakesh, known for its souks and tourism, is one of the most popular cities to visit in Morocco. For many people, like me, this city lends a first glimpse into the wonder of this country. It is easy to travel around Marrakesh by taxi, for not more than one to three euros a ride. Make sure the driver uses the meter though! These taxi rides can bring you from one attraction to another in 10-15 minutes. Be sure to see La Ménara, a gentle oasis not far from the souks of Jemaa el-Fna, and ...

Almost 30,000 French Retirees Spend Winters in Morocco

Seduced by the gentle climate and the cheap cost of living, many French retirees spend their winters in Morocco to spend some quality months away from their routines.

Education Minister: English Will Not Replace French

The French language will continue to be the first foreign language taught in Moroccan public schools, despite calls to replace it with English.

By Ahlam Ben Saga Rabat

“French will remain the second language (after Arabic) in Moroccan public schools, at least throughout the next ten years,” said the country’s minister of education, Said Amzazi. During a press conference on Thursday in Rabat, Amzazi ruled out the possibility that English may soon replace French in schools. He said: “Everyone knows that science books are currently available in English more than French, and in French more than Arabic. But we teach in the French language.”

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