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June 15, 2019

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What is Ramadan? ft. C.L.I.M.B. Program 2019 (Trip #5)
What actually is Ramadan? People really don't eat or drink the whole day? It's actually a lot more than that; it's one of the most important months in Islam and for the communities we live in over here in Morocco. By PCV Adriana Curto (video)…………
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2zHV0mZxZU
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Study: Learning English Boosts Personal Growth, Employment Prospects.

Want to increase both personal happiness and employment opportunities? You should consider honing your English language skills.
By Tamba François Koundouno - May 25, 2019
Rabat- A recent study has established that learning English is associated with greater personal growth and improved employment prospects.
The study, conducted by Wall Street English, one of the world’s largest providers of English lessons for non-native learners, concluded that mastering English is among the frequent requirements of leadership and management positions in a number of companies in the non-English speaking countries.
More specifically, the study’s findings indicate that a better command of English is directly linked with a 25% increase in individuals’ monthly earnings, 18% in personal happiness, and 12% in overall positive life experiences.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/05/274134/study-english-personal-growth-employment/
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More than 441,000 Moroccan Students to Sit for Baccalaureate Exam in June

According to the Ministry of Education, 441,065 candidates will sit for the exam, which will take place from June 11 to 14 this year.

By  Morocco World News  - Jun 1, 2019
Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Education announced that 441,065 Moroccan students will sit for the Baccalaureate exam, an increase of 0.3% compared to last year.
The exam will take place from June 11-14. The Ministryadded that of the 442,065 candidates, 108,767 are free candidates (25%), while 48% of the candidates are female.
“The number of candidates in the scientific and technical category reached 244,776 candidates compared to 187,383 candidates in the literary field,” stated the Ministry.
The number of candidates in the international field (French and English) increased to 24,979, compared to 18,326 in 2018, an increase of 36%.

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/06/274754/moroccan-students-baccalaureate-exam-june/

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Applications For Financial Aid for Moroccan Students Open for This Year

According to The Ministry of Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Applications for the grants close on Friday, July 19, 2019.

By Morocco World News - June 4, 2019
Rabat – The Ministry of Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Said Amzazi, has stated that grants for students known as “Minhaty’ have started for the year 2019-2020.
The program concerns all holders of the baccalaureate (high school diploma) with either a national or international degree. Free candidates, those who dropped of high school but still obtain their Baccalaureate without being a full student, are also eligible for grants.
Students aged 26 at the date of the exam on June 11, 2019, can apply for the program via the website https://www.minhaty.ma/.
Free candidates, on the other hand, will have to visit http://candidaturebac.men.gov.ma, to get a password so they can access the E-mail at codemassar@taalim.ma, and then activate the new e-mail via the website www.taalim.ma.

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/06/275051/applications-financial-aid-moroccan-students-minhaty/

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Moroccan Ministry of Education Launches Online Baccalaureate Scholarship Service

Rabat - The Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, Vocational Training, and Scientific Research launched on Thursday a new online service, “Minhaty” for the benefit of 2016-2017 Baccalaureate students seeking college scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year.

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 Morocco World News
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Jun 2, 2017
Rabat – The Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, Vocational Training, and Scientific Research launched on Thursday a new online service, “Minhaty” for the benefit of 2016-2017 Baccalaureate students seeking college scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year.
According to the ministry, this scholarship is intended for students who do not have enough financial necessities to pursue thigher education.
“Minhaty” is the first of its kind in Morocco. The ministry says its aim is to improve communication services for students as well as to simplify and modernize applications and administrative procedures for grant seekers.
Students wishing to use the service can do so by filling out an online application form on www.minhaty.ma. The registration deadline is July 31.

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2017/06/218489/moroccan-ministry-education-launches-online-baccalaureate-scholarship-service/

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86,000 to Sit Exams in Southern Morocco as Part of Anti-Illiteracy Program

By
Margot Eliason
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Margot Eliason is a writer at Morocco World News.
Jun 7, 2019
Rabat – In the last two weeks of June, 86,017 people in the Souss-Massa region of Morocco will sit exams as part of an anti-illiteracy program run by the National Agency Against Illiteracy (ANLCA).
Most of the candidates are enrolled to sit exams in the Taroudant province (40,717), and the others will sit exams across the prefectures of Chtouka Ait Baha, Agadir Idda Outanane, Inezgane Ait Melloul and the provinces of Tata and Tiznit, all located in the southern region of Morocco.
The exams are part of an anti-illiteracy program for children and adults run by ANLCA, the national body set up in 2013 to address Morocco’s literacy challenges.

https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/487429266/tC2rF2QUosmBWUFJ?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article

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‘Don’t Forget Me,’ New Documentary Showcases Struggles of Autism in Morocco

By Teresa Kerr - Jun 7, 2019
Rabat – Don’t Forget Me, a documentary featuring Moroccan families caring for children with autism, is now screening in Chicago on June 19.
The documentary, which premiered on November 17, 2018, at Rabat’s 23rd film festival at Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, is now traveling to the US for an adults-only screening of the documentary. The event will be held 7-8:30 p.m., June 19, at Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney, 2212 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago. Tickets are free, but RSVP required.
Moroccan filmmaker Rajae Bouardi is co-directing it with Jackie Spinner, an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago and former bureau chief at the Washington Post.

https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/487441982/ioiVMxk1G1nXWziJ?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article

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Many women in Morocco face abuse at home, some are now speaking out.

Published10 June, 2019
RABAT - Bearing pictures of scars and bruises she said she had suffered at home, Fatna Ben Ghala sought help at a women's counseling center in a poor neighborhood near Morocco’s capital Rabat after she and her mother endured domestic violence by a relative.
The case of Ben Ghala, 40, and her mother was not unusual. Some 54.4% percent of women, amounting to millions in a country with a population of about 35 million, have been subjected to violence, according to a survey released last month by the Solidarity, Family and Social Development Ministry.
The survey, which showed the 25-29 age group is most vulnerable, also pointed up the amount of work to be done to remedy the abuse. Only 28.2% of abused women have spoken to a person or an institution about their suffering and only 6.6% have brought their case before justice, the survey said.

https://www.todayonline.com/world/many-women-morocco-face-abuse-home-some-are-now-speaking-out

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Debate Champ and Activist for the Blind

May 25, 2019
By: Fatima Zahra El Adraoui (YES 2016-2017, hosted by Ayusa in Fort Worth, TX)
Who could have thought that a blind girl from Morocco would travel to the United States, and less than two years afterwards, win the national prize in debate and dictation in English? Yet that’s exactly my story.
Since I was a little girl, I always dreamed of making a change within the blind community in Morocco. My big dream began to take shape in real life when I applied for the YES program, but I had no idea that I would be accepted to such a highly competitive program. I was placed in Fort Worth, Texas by AYUSA, and I owe my placement organization so much for how they made my experience the best it could be. 
My host family was amazing, and thanks to them, my dream became an achievable goal. I learned from them, and they encouraged me to join the chess and debate clubs in my high school. I saw this as an opportunity to learn skills that I can share with my peers back home, and I got to explore my options for higher education. I also worked on learning about my interest in accessibility to information online for blind students in Morocco…………..
http://www.yesprograms.org/stories/moroccan-alumna-wins-national-prize
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Remembering and Honoring Senator Lugar

May 7, 2019
The YES family and greater international exchange community is greatly saddened by the loss of former Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, who passed away on April 28, 2019. Senator Lugar co-founded the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program with the late Senator Ted Kennedy to help a post-9/11 America and world heal and move forward. Senator Lugar’s vision was to give young people from around the world the opportunity to live with American host families and attend high schools to learn about American society and values. Senator Lugar strongly believed that sharing values and traditions forms bridges between countries and promote diplomacy, peace, and mutual understanding. Thanks to Lugar over 12,000 youth from around the world are equipped to carry-out his vision of peace and diplomacy………..
https://www.yesprograms.org/stories/remembering-and-honoring-senator-lugar
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What is Meant by Islamic Feminism Today?

The expression “Islamic feminism” (al-Nasawiyya l-Islamiyya) is used in the current literature to refer to various brands of feminist thinking that may be circumvented in two main overarching categories: a category that sees Islamic feminism as an intellectual effort that transforms women from a ‘subject of discussion’ to an “initiator of discussion”, and a trend that avoids the term and concept of "feminism" as a Western “intruder” and focuses on the “renaissance” of Muslim women.
By Fatima Sadiqi -
Fatima Sadiqi is Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies Woodrow Wilson Global Fellow.
May 30, 2019
Rabat – In the first trend, research is not geared towards the status of women in Islam or women’s rights and duties in Islam; rather, it expresses a voice or voices of Muslim women (but also men) seeking to create a comprehensive intellectual framework that would facilitate the discussion of Islamic jurisprudence from a feminist perspective and come up with more egalitarian and fairer legal interpretations.
While the time frame of first trend is located in the present historical moment which may be roughly situated in the period that extends from the early 1990s to the today, the second trend does not see its mission as new and locates its cognitive model in the beginning of Islam.
In both trends, research is mainly conducted at the level of theorizing and seeks to transform Islamic ideals and values into theories and knowledge visions that would stimulate specific interpretative or jurisprudential interpretations.
https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/487121327/jZbA3vFr_GnzVhU4?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article
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Jason Greenblatt: Morocco Is Important Friend, Ally of the US

King Mohammed VI hosted the US official delegation, including Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner, for an iftar at Sale Royal Palace on Tuesday evening.

Safaa Kasraoui is a journalist at Morocco World News. May 29, 2019
Rabat – Having arrived in Morocco on Tuesday with Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner, US special envoy for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt expressed gratitude to King Mohammed VI for hosting the iftar (breaking fast ceremony) at the Sale Royal Palace on Tuesday.
The official tweeted his thanks to the Moroccan monarch, emphasizing that he was “honored” to share iftar with the King, Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita, and Kushner.

https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/486625457/660VTyh1PLu_vxe1?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article

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Morocco’s Compulsory Ramadan Fasting Laws

MARRAKESH, Morocco – Moroccan law punishes those who do not fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Entrepreneur Hassan Auid usually meets with his friends on weekends to drink tea and have lunch in a courtyard in the old quarter of the city of Marrakech.
http://world.einnews.com/article/486663188/WtlW7qCFM_jm-5bt
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Morocco’s ‘mule women’ risk their lives hauling goods across the border from Spain.

GlobalPost  May 30, 2019 · By Cara Tabachnick
Aziza clutches a flimsy piece of white paper in her hands. As a porter, this is the “golden ticket” that grants her the right to enter and leave the industrial zone of Ceuta, Spain.
Known as a “mule woman,” Aziza, 30, carries a load of goods across the border to her home in Fnideq, a rural village in Tetouan, Morocco — about 4 miles from the border.
It's just a 15-minute walk, but Aziza makes sure to arrive the night before, around 10 p.m., when the women start to line up at the metal gates that swing open around 6 a.m. every morning. As porters, their main goal is to transport blankets, baby goods, car tires and more back and forth — up to seven times a day — between Spain and Morocco. 
In early 2019, the El Tarajal business association within Ceuta’s manufacturing hub implemented this new ticketing system after several "mules," who were mostly rural women, were trampled to death.
https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-05-30/morocco-s-mule-women-risk-their-lives-hauling-goods-across-border-spain
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Secretary-General appoints Najat Maalla M’jid of Morocco as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Najat Maalla M’jid of Morocco as his Special Representative on Violence Against Children at the level of Assistant Secretary-General.  She will succeed Marta Santos Pais of Portugal, to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful for her leadership and dedicated commitment during her tenure as the first Special Representative on Violence Against Children.
Dr. M'jid, a medical doctor in paediatrics, has over the last three decades devoted her life to the promotion and protection of children’s rights.  She was Head of the Paediatric Department and Director of the Hay Hassani Mother-Child hospital in Casablanca.  Dr. M'jid is a member of the Moroccan National Council on Human Rights and founder of the non-governmental organisation Bayti, the first programme addressing the situation of children living and working in the streets of Morocco.  From 2008 to 2014, she served as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.
https://world.einnews.com/pr_news/486752331/secretary-general-appoints-najat-maalla-m-jid-of-morocco-as-special-representative-of-the-secretary-general-on-violence-against-children?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article
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Morocco’s Ourazazate Noor III CSP Tower Exceeds Performance Targets

May 27, 2019AuthorSusan Kraemer
The 150 MW Noor III CSP tower in Morocco has exceeded performance targets on output and storage integration in the first few months of operation and financing costs for tower storage projects should fall in line with parabolic trough rates going forward, Xavier Lara, Senior Consultant at CSP engineering group Empresarios Agrupados (EA), told New Energy Update.
Online since December, the Noor III plant is showing the best performance yet for CSP tower with storage. (Image credit: MASEN)
In December, ACWA Power brought online its 150 MW Noor III central tower plant with 7.5 hours of storage capacity in Morocco. Installed by Spain’s SENER and China’s SEPCO Electric Power Construction Corporation, Noor III is the world’s largest operational tower plant and only the second to integrate molten salt storage technology. EA is owners’ engineer for the project.
The Noor III plant has exceeded performance targets for the first few months of operations, project partners told New Energy Update.
https://www.solarpaces.org/moroccos-ourazazate-noor-iii-csp-tower-exceeds-performance-targets/
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Despite drop in poverty, Morocco struggles with social inequalities

Oxfam in Morocco called on the government and institutions concerned to tackle inequality by creating a “sustainable and inclusive development” model.
Sunday 26/05/2019
CASABLANCA - Income inequality in Morocco is the highest in North Africa, the NGO confederation Oxfam warned in a report.
Despite healthy GDP growth over the last decade, Oxfam said, the gap between Morocco’s richest and poorest widened. In 2018, Morocco’s three richest people had a combined $4.5 billion in wealth but 1.6 million Moroccans lived in poverty.
https://thearabweekly.com/despite-drop-poverty-morocco-struggles-social-inequalities
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Ecotoxicological diagnostic and marine pollution of Marchica lagoon (Nador, Morocco): Chaetomorpha aerea as bio-indicator species of water quality
Asmae Aknaf1*, Mustapha Akodad1 , Mourad Baghour1 and Brahim Oudra2. Volume 1, N°1 , pp : 26 - 36 (2018) ISSN : 2605-6208
file:///C:/Users/melkadi/Downloads/11773-28829-1-SM.pdf
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Morocco’s Erfoud to Host Its First Ever International Mining Expo

The conference will bring together “top mining executives, representatives of regional executive authorities, investors, banks, industry associations, service companies, and equipment producers.”
Mohammed Amine Benabou is a BA holder in English Studies and an MA student majoring in Cultural Studies and Linguistics at the English Department, Ibn-Tofail University.
Jun 6, 2019
Rabat – Morocco’s oasis town Erfoud in the Drâa-Tafilalet region will host the 1st International Drâa-Tafilalet Mining Conference (DTMC).
The conference, which will take place on September 23-24, is the regions “prominent mining, fossils and meteorites exhibition & conference,” says the official website.
The conference will gather “top mining executives, representatives of regional executive authorities, investors, banks, industry associations, service companies, and equipment producers.”
https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/487347971/RFhDC3gk1GSf3azT?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article
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Community Development Project to Build 70 Preschools in Northern Morocco

The Northern Initiative for Human Development (INDH), in partnership with the Regional Academy for Education and Training, will build 70 new preschools across the northern region of Morocco this year.
By Morocco World News  -May 29, 2019
The 70 new preschools will benefit 2 590 children, in areas that currently have little preschool infrastructure.
The INDH project is estimated at MAD 28 million ($2.8 miilion), and will build 18 preschools in Chefchaouen, 14 in Ouezzane, 7 in Al Hoceima and the other across Tangier, Asilah, Tetouan, Mdiq-Fnideq and Fahs Anjra.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/05/274549/project-70-preschools-northern-morocco/
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Moroccan Jewish Community Celebrates Hiloula in Essaouira.

Besides the strong, overwhelming emotions, the annual commemoration is for the Moroccan Jewish community a time to express pride and a chance to connect to their origins.
Juliette Owen-Jones is a journalist and editor at Morocco World News. May 24, 2019
Rabat – Members of the Moroccan Jewish community in the village of Ait Bayoud in the Essaouira province began celebrating the Hiloula of Saint Rabbi Nessim Ben Nessim on Thursday.
Hiloula is a religious event celebrated by the Moroccan Jewish community. The main purpose of Hiloula is to pray for a good life and the resolution of problems. The Jewish community lights candles, touch the memorial stone and prays at the tomb of the saint. Jewish Moroccans from across Morocco and around the world flock to Essaouira for the event.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/05/274117/moroccan-jewish-hiloula-essaouira/
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In Pictures: Hiking to the Summit of Morocco’s Mt. Toubkal.

Standing at 4,167 meters, Mt. Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, is Morocco’s top hiking destination and considered to be one of the world's most beautiful places.
Anton interned with Morocco World News as a news correspondent and staff photographer from March to May 2019.
May 25, 2019
Imlil – Considered to be one of the most beautiful places in the world, Mt. Toubkal dominates the skyline of the small village of Imlil, located in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
The mountain’s summit is at an altitude of 4,167 meters, which makes it the largest peak in North Africa. The second tallest mountain in the region is Mt. Ouanoukrim (4,089 meters), which is also located in Morocco.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/05/273806/hiking-mt-toubkal-morocco-north-africa/
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Hasan al-Wazzan: Leo Africanus or the Oppressed Legend

History has taught us about the contribution of many Moroccan figures to influencing the course of our country’s past. Amazighi Yuba II, an ancient king of Morocco, the globetrotter Mustafa Azemmouri, Ibn Battuta, and Moses ben Maimon, commonly known as Maimonides, among others have left a lasting impact on Moroccan history.
By Abdellah Boussouf  - May 23, 2019
Rabat – Other historical figures have been sadly left out of the limelight, leaving us ignorant of their stories and lasting influence. One such legend is Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan al-Fasi. Al-Fasi was welcomed by Pope Leo X at the Papal headquarters in Rome, having been captured in 1518 while returning home from Pilgrimage.
“A man with art and knowledge is always welcomed among us, not as a servant but as a protector,” said Pope Leo X to Hasan al-Wazzan as a welcoming speech.  
The description paints Hasan al-Wazzan as no average man, bestowing on the traveler his widely famous family name, Leo de’ Medici, as a show of respect and acceptance. The globetrotter name, thus, became ‘Leo Africanus.’
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/05/274028/hasan-al-wazzan-leo-africanus-morocco/
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Unofficial Red Carpet: Morocco's charm seems to be a celebrity magnet

The country's magical vibes are finally being seen, explored and admired.

2019-05-24 12:13
By Leyal Khalife Executive Editor
Morocco's lush green landscapes, historical monuments, and fine-grained orange deserts have been drawing travelers for quite some time now. A-list celebrities have explored the country's African vibes in recent years. This year, in particular, Morocco received enormous praise from international stars who paid a visit to the country. It was even chosen as one celebrity's wedding destination. 
In fact, in just the first three months of 2019, the country saw a 4.1 percent increase in tourists. According to Morocco World News, the two main tourist destinations this year are the cities of Agadir and Marrakech. The latter proved to be a celebrity magnet so far, with several stars hopping on a plane to explore and admire the colorful city. 
From traditional Bedouin nights in the desert to lively open-air markets, Marrakech is no stranger to hosting a diverse range of activities for tourists. And we can't forget about the scrumptious cuisine; from luscious tagine to versatile couscous, Moroccan cuisine regularly wins tourists over and Prince Harry is definitely among them
https://stepfeed.com/unofficial-red-carpet-morocco-s-charm-seems-to-be-a-celebrity-magnet-8526
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Save the Children Report: Morocco Makes Strides in Providing for Children.

The report shows that Morocco has made marked headway in terms of providing basic rights for children throughout the last decade.
Mohammed Amine Benabou is a BA holder in English Studies and an MA student majoring in Cultural Studies and Linguistics at the English Department, Ibn-Tofail University.
May 31, 2019
Rabat – In its third annual report, the humanitarian organization Save the Children’s 2019 Global Childhood Report ranked Morocco 83rd out of 176 countries, with a score of 864 in terms of children’s access to basic human rights.
The UK-based nonprofit’s report shows that Morocco has made significant progress between the years of 2000 and 2019, where it scored 774 on a scale of 1000 points, a 90-point increase in the End of Childhood Index.
The index shows how well children have access to healthcare, education, nutrition, and protection from abusive practices such as child labor and underage marriage.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/05/274692/report-morocco-progress-children-rights/

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Despite Accelerated Growth, Unemployment Persists in Morocco

Despite Morocco’s efforts, the unemployment rate has remained stagnant—even in a flourishing economy.
Katya Schwenk is an intern at Morocco World News. Jun 5, 2019
Casablanca – Last month, Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) released the unemployment figures for the first quarter of 2019. They told a familiar story: Continued stagnation.
Morocco’s overall unemployment rate rose from 9.8% in the last quarter of 2019 to 10% in the first fiscal quarter, where it has hovered for the past few years. This is despite the fact that  Morocco has received millions in loans to address the problem. Since 2014, the rate has hardly changed, averaging a little under 10% for the five-year period and only once dipping under 9%, in the second quarter of 2015.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/06/275140/acceleration-growth-unemployment-morocco-industries/
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Could Mediation Reduce Morocco’s Divorce Rate?

While it is now many years since settling disputes and conflicts through mediation has been one of the options on the table in developed countries, it is a relatively new option in Morocco.
By  Morocco World News  -Jun 1, 2019 By Abdellah Azzouzi
Rabat – As the field of Advanced Mediation flourishes, and there are hundreds of schools and institutions that train mediators and equip them with all the necessary academic, professional skills, and savoir-faire tools to solve conflicts between two or multiple parties, Morocco introduced this concept and practice into the divorce process at the beginning of 2005.
How that change came about and what are its social, political, and cultural backgrounds, as well as what can be done to boost the initiative, will be explored in this article.
To start with, many Moroccan women have suffered different types of injustice within the family milieu because of the Moudawana, the Arabic word for the Personal Status Code, which Morocco adopted after its independence in 1956.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/06/274678/could-mediation-reduce-moroccos-divorce-rate/
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The Many Sides to Entrepreneurship in Morocco

The Moroccan Government is modernizing managerial systems and career perspectives for young entrepreneurs, while also implanting a number of investment funds into the economic capital and beyond.
By  Christopher L Lormeus  - Jun 8, 2019
Rabat – Countless Westerners are moving to Morocco to start and maintain businesses. With this developmental jumpstart in the nation, Morocco is encouraging investment in new opportunities.
A 2017 exhibition that took place in Casablanca shed light on various young entrepreneurs in the nation. Some of their presentations included an instructive Lego center for children and delivery service of healthy on-demand uncooked dinners. No matter how different each presentation and business proposal was, these promising CEO’s shared one dream: Having a burning desire to be financially independent and create value in their societies.  
Turning these dreams into reality and being able to sustain them is very difficult, and often against the will of their parents.
Nonetheless, parents sometimes decide to help them financially for the first few years. “My parents were in shock when I told them I wanted to start a business,” says Ahlam Lamrani, one of these youthful entrepreneurs. “They wanted me to get a degree and work in a big corporation… Two years on, they still ask me to get a ‘real’ job!”
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/06/275361/entrepreneurship-morocco-economy-business/
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Local Microfinance Program in Morocco Helps Fund Entrepreneurs

Local Microfinance program, Al Karma, supports local entrepreneurs with micro-loans to start businesses.
By Morocco World News - Jun 2, 2019
Rabat – Al Karama is a non-benefit association founded in 1999 which specializes in microcredit. Made under Morocco’s national microcredit law (18/97), it is focused on supporting the dynamic development of microenterprise by providing budgetary and specialized help to its customers. The association is supported by interns from the US and the UK.
As of March 2012, Al Karama’s Gross Loan Portfolio was MAD 35,4 million (USD 4.2 million) and it served 16,200 customers through 46 branches and satellite workplaces in three areas of Morocco. Al Karama is centered around a need-based clientele, loaning mainly to women (62% of customers) and social advancement projects. Al Karama’s presence in provincial regions is critical (30% of portfolio).
https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/486923457/-NOjxxBpNImF-Kcl?n=2&code=I5p3xRh7196OtpCd&utm_source=NewsletterNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morocco+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+Morocco+%29+Or+%28+Peace+Corps+%29+Search+Results&utm_content=article
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Morocco : Harnessing traditional knowledge and innovation in Morocco, conservation and livelihoods flourish
Jun 06, 2019 (Euclid Infotech Ltd via COMTEX) --
In Morocco, conserving unique biodiversity relies on the knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities who live in direct contact with nature.
The VIPs of the plant world
Located in southern Morocco, the Imegdale territory is located in the Western High Atlas range. The oldest section of the range, the High Atlas has a wide variety of natural and cultural assets, which cohere as a unique (and uniquely important) landscape and ecosystem.
Home to a number of Important Plant Areas, including Imegdale, the High Atlas is one of the hot spot areas of the Mediterranean mountains.
Imegdales abundant biodiversity is perpetuated by the rich cultural Amazighe heritage.
Where community meets conservation
The Amazighe are the sole inhabitants of Imegdale --- indigenous mountain communities comprised of 1,156 households and 5,467 inhabitants, including 2,722 women, spread over 28 small villages.
http://world.einnews.com/article/487365481/Z95hpekwvD00jq61
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Moroccan Pianist Nour Ayadi First Woman to Win 2019 Cortot Grand Prize in Paris

The Casablanca native started learning piano at the age of 6.
By Morocco World News - Jun 4, 2019
Rabat – Moroccan pianist Nour Ayadi has won the 2019 Cortot Prize in Paris at the end of the competition, which took place on May 6-17.
Ayadi is the first woman to win the  prestigious award since the creation of the competition for the higher diploma of concert performers at the Normal Alfred Cortot School.
The pianist starting learning piano at the age of 6 in Casablanca. She moved to Paris at the age of 16 to finish her musical studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique and the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris.
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Rare Barbary Macaque Born at Morocco’s National Zoo in Rabat

Morocco’s National Zoo in Rabat has shared news of the birth of a Barbary Macaque at the zoo on May 28. The Barbary Macaque is an endangered species, endemic to Morocco.
By Margot Eliason is a writer at Morocco World News. Jun 4, 2019
Rabat –  Morocco’s National Zoo in Rabat has announced the birth of a Barbary Macaque on May 28. The zoo shared its exciting news on Twitter yesterday.
The Barbary Macaque, or Macaca Sylvanus, is endemic to Morocco, Algeria, and Gibraltar, and is the only species of macaque outside Asia.
In Morocco, it inhabits the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas mountains near Ifrane and west of Marrakech, as well as the Rif Mountains and near Tangier. It is one of the many tourist attractions in the country.
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FROM THE FIELD: Balancing Morocco’s indigenous culture and conservation

The delicate balance between indigenous farming practices and conservation in Morocco is under threat, but according to the UN, local communities in the Western High Atlas Mountains are finding ways to preserve traditions and still make a living from the land. 
The Amazighe, who live in the mountainous south of the country, have traditionally been able to conserve the unique biodiversity of the region and preserve their cultural heritage. However, climate change as well as the over-exploitation of medicinal plants – plus an exodus of young people - means their symbiotic relationship with the land may no longer be sustainable.
The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with other partners, has supported the Amazighe to manage and protect the natural resources on which they rely.

https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/06/1039821
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Endangered Trees from Morocco Make a Home in Scotland

The International Conifer Conservation Programme is conserving endangered conifer trees from Morocco in a park in North Berwick, Scotland.
By Teresa Kerr - Jun 2, 2019
Rabat – The International Conifer Conservation Programme is conserving endangered conifer trees from Morocco in a park in North Berwick, Scotland. The species is the rare Moroccan cypress (the scientific name being Cedrus atlantica) from a valley in the High Atlas Mountains.
The initiative to save the trees is a partnership between the Scottish organizations East Lothian Council, North Berwick in Bloom, and the International Conifer Conservation Programme (ICCP), which is based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The ICCP conserves conifers as they “are among the world’s most threatened groups of plants yet contain some of the world’s most ecologically and economically important species.”
Conifers, Latin for “the one that bears a cone,” are of great economic value for softwood lumber, paper, and plastic production. The softwood derived from conifers provides about 45% of the world’s annual lumber production. Some conifers also provide foods such as pine nuts and also Juniper berries, which are used to flavor gin
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Facelift helps Morocco's Old City of Fez lure tourists.
By Sophie Pons (AFP)     Jun 1, 2019 in Travel
In recent times the imperial city of Fez has been overlooked by tourists in favour of Marrakesh, but now Morocco's "spiritual" capital is bustling with visitors due to major renovations and low-cost flights.
"It is an open air museum, with the largest pedestrian zone in the world and its 10,000 alleyways," said Yassir Jawra, vice president of the Fez tourism commission.
Fez "is the spiritual capital of Morocco, famed for its culture and its (age-old) handicraft work," he added.
Since 2013, more than one billion dirhams (92 million euros, $103 million) of investment have been poured into Fez to restore the 9th-century walled medina and develop tourism.
The medina, home to the world's oldest working library, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 for its "outstanding universal value".

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/facelift-helps-morocco-s-old-city-of-fez-lure-tourists/article/551107#ixzz5qSwR05LP
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The Many Sides to Entrepreneurship in Morocco.

The Moroccan Government is modernizing managerial systems and career perspectives for young entrepreneurs, while also implanting a number of investment funds into the economic capital and beyond.
By Christopher L Lormeus  - Jun 8, 2019
Rabat – Countless Westerners are moving to Morocco to start and maintain businesses. With this developmental jumpstart in the nation, Morocco is encouraging investment in new opportunities.
A 2017 exhibition that took place in Casablanca shed light on various young entrepreneurs in the nation. Some of their presentations included an instructive Lego center for children and delivery service of healthy on-demand uncooked dinners. No matter how different each presentation and business proposal was, these promising CEO’s shared one dream: Having a burning desire to be financially independent and create value in their societies.  
Turning these dreams into reality and being able to sustain them is very difficult, and often against the will of their parents.
Nonetheless, parents sometimes decide to help them financially for the first few years. “My parents were in shock when I told them I wanted to start a business,” says Ahlam Lamrani, one of these youthful entrepreneurs. “They wanted me to get a degree and work in a big corporation… Two years on, they still ask me to get a ‘real’ job!”
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/06/275361/entrepreneurship-morocco-economy-business/
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I Love My Mum review – on the road from Morocco.

Mike McCahill  Fri 31 May 2019 
    
In this unlikely comedy, a mother and son must find their way back to Essex after accidentally ending up in north Africa.
What does it say about the film industry that while Michael Fassbender has ended up in Hollywood, his equally compelling co-stars in Andrea Arnold’s breakthrough Fish Tank, Kierston Wareing and Katie Jarvis, have been left behind in EastEnders’ Albert Square? Wareing, who had worked with Ken Loach (on 2007’s It’s a Free World …) before Fish Tank, lands a starring role of sorts here, as a castrating mother in a scattershot comedy that sets out like a hybrid of Ray Cooney farce and Channel 4 reality show, and winds up making the most eccentric contribution yet to the recent wave of migration movies. Its heart remains broadly in the right place, yet there are points where you question just where its head is.
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/may/31/i-love-my-mum-review-kierston-wareing-tommy-french
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CIEE Summer Arabic Language: First Days in Rabat, Morocco!

Summer Moroccan Studies Authored by:  AICHA C.
Hello, my name is Aicha and I am studying abroad in Rabat, Morocco for the Summer. Today marks my first full week in Rabat. While it has only been a week, it feels much longer, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every waking moment! From being picked up at the airport to meeting my host family to attending orientation and meeting my peers to beginning my classes, I have gone through all emotions of excitement, confusion, exhaustion and curiosity. 
https://www.ciee.org/go-abroad/college-study-abroad/blog/ciee-summer-arabic-language-first-days-rabat-morocco
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Villagers in Morocco Demand Return of Their Land after Mining Pollution

By Teresa Kerr - Jun 1, 2019
Rabat – Residents of Askaoun, a small village near Marrakech in southwestern Morocco, have demanded that officials grant the locals property titles of the area. The request is a response to the disturbances that a Canadian mining company, Maya Gold and Silver, is causing.
In 2014, Maya Gold and Silver began working on a nearby mine named Zgounder. The project has created job opportunities and brought the anticipation of the industry to the quiet village.
About five years later, however, the townspeople have increasingly grown dissatisfied with the mining company, suggesting the company is no longer welcome.
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