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September 21, 2019

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

Morocco’s DGSN No Longer Requires Travelers to Fill Out Exit and Entry Forms

The change comes as part of efforts to increase efficiency in Moroccan airports as traffic through them continues to increase.By
 Juliette Owen-Jones  -Juliette Owen-Jones is a journalist and editor at Morocco World News. Sep 15, 2019 Rabat

The Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) has announced that it will no longer require travelers to fill in exit and entry forms cards at Moroccan airports from Monday, September 16 onwards. The change not only applies to airports but also the land borders at Ceuta and Melilla, a source told Moroccan outlet Medias 24. No longer requiring travelers to fill in the forms will streamline the process, as well as reducing human traffic.
The soon-to-be phased out forms currently require travelers to find a pen and fill out dozens of details such as profession and maiden name, among others. The form must be handed to border police before proceeding to baggage collection or customs. The change comes as part of efforts to increase efficiency in Moroccan airports as traffic through them continues to increase. On August 26, the National Airports Authority (ONDA) announced that 2,394,773 passengers passed through Morocco’s airports in July 2019. This is an increase of 14.24% from July 2018.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/09/282642/travelers-morocco-exit-forms/
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Morocco and the US: We Are More Alike Than Different

Cultures are meant to identify us from one another, not bring about discrimination and hatred against each other. 

By  Yassine Et-tahery  - Aug 17, 2019 Rabat

My name, skin color, and position do not matter. My beliefs, manners, and purpose do. “I am not who I think I am. I am not who you think I am. I am who I think you think I am,” said American sociologist Charles Horton Cooley.  I stand as a citizen of the world every single day and will do so until my last day. I come with you bearing nothing but boundless humanity, compassion, and love in my heart. I am more than willing to understand where you come from, too. I assure you my currency is kindness, and my true allegiance is to honor and respect. 

My culture is what “others” me to you, just as your “otherness is what identifies me different from you. No matter who we are, neither you nor I are here to judge others, for we are just as imperfect and just as lost! In a world where more than 7 billion people speak 7,000 different languages, who we are at our core matters more than who we are becoming! 

Human is what we should be and love is what we should strive to see. As Jason Silva, an American filmmaker, put it, if you would look upon this world from a universal standpoint, you would see “no lines dividing nations, no geographical subdivisions, no flags, or racial divides or disputed territories.” You would only see Earth, this innocent celestial body floating free, “the womb on which we all dwell.”
Morocco and the US have a lot more in common than their peoples think. Although Morocco has undergone a myriad of peaks and valleys, it has witnessed glorious civilizations. Home of the Amazigh (Berber) and land of the patriotic as it is, it has also been an exotic land for the Romans, the Arabs, the French, the Spanish, and the Portuguese. 
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/08/280483/morocco-us-more-alike-different/======================================

Morocco and Senegal students can now apply for the Student Direct Stream

By Study International Staff | September 11, 2019

The Student Direct Stream is a fast-track programme for international students from select countries to apply for their study permits. Previously, residents of five countries were eligible for this programme – China, India, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam – which gets the processing done in an average of less than three weeks. As of September 9, 2019, this list now includes Senegal and Morocco. “By providing fast, reliable processing of study permit applications, Canada is better equipped to compete in attracting the best and the brightest from around the world,” the Canadian government said in a statement.

Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said: “Canada’s diverse, welcoming society, high-quality educational institutions and opportunities to work or immigrate after graduation have made Canada a leading destination of choice for students from around the world.” ………………….
Read more here: https://www.studyinternational.com/news/student-direct-stream-senegal-morocco/
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Morocco Beaches: From Lagoons And Wildlife, Through To Safety, Experts Give Their Best Advice

Our Morocco travel experts reveal their favourites  BY SUSAN WARD DAVIES 12/09/2019

Only three and a half hours’ flight away and with day time temperatures up in the mid 20s most of the winter, and still hitting the 30s all through the autumn, Morocco is our go-to place for a blast of sun, sea and surf just as it starts getting wet and miserable back home. But when it comes to beaches in Morocco, you need to choose wisely- there are so many different factors to consider. Are the waves too rough and wild to swim, or too tame to surf? Is it safe for women to sunbathe alone on them without getting hassled? Are the beaches easy or tricky to get to? Is there somewhere really cool to stay nearby? The places we have listed we think tick all the right boxes. We love small, individual, boutique hotels - each with something special about them: food, design, location ... and ideally within sight and sound of the waves. We also like our beaches wild and natural, with as few people on them as possible, unless they are surfers, that is : nothing beats watching a true surfing pro twisting and turning and tunnelling through the pounding breakers. But don't just take our word for it. We’ve rounded up a panel of Moroccan travel experts from shoot producers, to Moroccan designers, to adventure travel specialists - to give you the insider lowdown on their favourite, off-the-beaten track places along the coast, as well as the very best places to stay and how to get there….
Follow it here: https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/travel/g28981416/morocco-beaches/
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Is Morocco Safe? 7 Experts Give Us Their Best Travelling Tips

Rarely off the fashionable destination radar, Morocco is one of our favourite winter escapes - but how safe is it? We asked insiders to give us the lowdown.

BY SUSAN WARD DAVIES 13/09/2019

I go to Morocco almost every year, and I love it. I have stayed in everything from five star hotels to traditional riads and mountain lodges, driven myself across the High Atlas mountains from Taroudant to Marrakech, galloped horses for a week through little mountain villages, and walked home long after midnight after partying in Marrakech’s numerous cool nightspots. I’ve taken battered grande (communal) taxis out into the Palmeraie (the desert oasis about 10 miles from the medina), and rattled around town on a motorbike sidecar tour. I’ve pedalled mountain bikes up and down vertiginous stony mountain paths, trekked through the Atlas, haggled in the souks, and quad-biked through the desert. And I have never had any problem, except for a few grazed knees and bruises from biking mishaps. It is a magical, culture-shock of a country less than four hours from London, and you should go………….
More here: https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/travel/a29020121/is-morocco-safe/
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Mixing Cultures in Morocco

SEASON 137 • EPISODE 8 HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL

A Canadian couple relocates to Tangiers, Morocco.
Watch the video here: https://watch.hgtv.com/tv-shows/house-hunters-international/full-episodes/mixing-cultures-in-morocco
https://watch.hgtv.com/tv-shows/house-hunters-international/full-episodes/mixing-cultures-in-morocco
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Moroccan Prominent Feminist Asma Lamrabet Leaves Morocco ‘Indefinitely’

In 2018, the prominent Islamist feminist resigned from the Mohammedia League fo Scholars “Rabita Mohammadia of Ouelamas” due to her position on inheritance.

By-Safaa Kasraoui is a journalist at Morocco World News.Sep 17, 2019 Rabat

Moroccan biologist, author, and prominent Islamic feminist Asma Lamrabet announced her decision to leave Morocco  for an “indefinite period.”
Lamrabet announced the decision on her Facebook account on Sunday, September 15.  The post, which was met with a range of different reactions reads, “I am leaving Morocco for a destination far away for an indefinite period.” “A new experience to live for what left in my life span,” said the feminist as she expressed hope for a positive experience. One of her followers commented: “We are going to miss you Mrs. Asmae Lamrabet… Morocco has lost a new pearl.”“This is the best thing you did in your life, never look back … Goodbye,” another Facebook user wrote.
Read Also: Islamic Feminist Asma Lamrabet Opens up About her Resignation

Lamrabet has not shared further details about what pushed her to leave Morocco, but last year was not her best.
https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/496607375/LG2U5XabfVAfz7-O?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======================================

Moroccan Paradise: Jane Memmler unearths the REAL Morocco

The early morning sun casts a languid haze, bouncing off the rich terracotta-hued mountains. Delicate plumes of smoke swirl out of chimneys gently heating the brick hammams in readiness for the Berbers’ weekly deep cleanse.

By JANE MEMMLER Sat, Sep 7, 2019

Gulls, reminiscent of a scene from Hitchcock thriller The Birds, swoop over the flat roofs before soaring back into the deep blue heavens. The whinnying and hee-hawing of the mountain’s most trusty steeds, the mule, echo off the valley’s barren walls, as does the hypnotic muezzin slowly reaching his haunting crescendo as he calls the faithful to prayer. Life is simple and raw up here in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains. Clusters of rudimentary, dusty villages cling to steep jagged hillsides, watched over by towering minarets. Accessing them is challenging. The only way in, and out, is via narrow rocky paths. It’s a place no delivery van could traverse, let alone building machinery. The Berbers have long resided in this harsh environment. It’s not just the climate, their way of life is devoid of the modern trappings we take for granted in the west. There’s no entertainment, no cinemas, no cafes, no shops. You may stumble across a restaurant in a family-run hotel but most are content just tending their animals and farmland….
More here: https://www.express.co.uk/travel/articles/1175090/Moroccan-Paradise-Morocco-travel-atlas-mountains
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10 Etiquette Tips For Traveling To Morocco

BY VANESSA ELLE  ON SEP 09, 2019   IN UNCATEGORIZEDTRAVEL

The culture in Morocco has been weaved by centuries of tradition and influence from a variety of factors, ranging from religion to politics. Good manners in the Northern African nation tend to be a little different from the standard good manners understood in many western countries. Generally, Morocco is a place where modesty is prized, religion is sacred, and conservative values are celebrated. There are a few things to remember if you plan on taking a trip to Morocco. Keep reading to find out what etiquette tips you have to know about before leaving for Morocco.
https://www.thetravel.com/10-etiquette-tips-for-traveling-to-morocco/
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How to Make Moroccan Baghrir

These fluffy, spongy pancakes are an ideal Sunday morning breakfast. Dripping with Amlou, honey, or butter, Baghrir and a glass of mint tea is the perfect way to start the day.

By  Layla Dahamou  - Aug 17, 2019 Rabat

While Baghrir can be bought for one of two dirhams at most local shops, served warm, straight from the pan nothing can beat them. Considered one of the most traditional Moroccan recipes, Baghrir is an Amazigh (berber) delicacy. The almost bite-size, fluffy pancakes are characterized by the small holes that appear on the surface while cooking. Like the British crumpet, the holes allow the spongy pancakes to soak up butter, honey, Amlou, or even soft cheese with olive oil. It is Served for afternoon tea, supper, and breakfast Baghrir are comforting and warm; however, when making them precision is key. The batter should be neither too thick, not too thin.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/08/280488/moroccan-baghrir/
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The Trap of Teaching English Reading Comprehension.

“The reading lesson is not trying to put something into the student’s head but rather to have him take the information out him/herself.” Nazly Badrawi.
By Youssef Bounaji  is a teacher of English with the Ministry of Education and a business English trainer in Morocco. Aug 17, 2019 Casablanca

For as long as I can remember, I have been trained to adopt a read-and-answer approach to reading texts. Students also, and since primary school, have developed this unhelpful attitude towards reading comprehension. As a teacher, I found that I was trapped in the read-and-answer approach, and students could effortlessly predict the lesson: read and answer. I had never noticed the barrenness of this approach. It is a trap. I have come to realize that asking students to read the text, explain paragraphs, and answer the comprehension questions is not teaching reading. In a reading lesson, students need to learn comprehension skills.

Reading is not only about decoding symbols, it consists of several levels with different challenges. It is like climbing a ladder; each step represents a skill that students should learn so that they can keep going. Students, during early school years, should be provided with lots of activities to build those skills. Baccalaureate students, in general, find themselves stuck at the first step—reading the written words. They seem to focus merely on how to read the words. They read but do not understand.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/08/280436/trap-teaching-english-reading-comprehension/
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For a creative chicken salad, get inspiration from Morocco

For a creative chicken salad, we were inspired by the flavors of Morocco: apricots, lemon and warm spices. To give our dressing complex flavor, we reached for garam masala, a traditional spice blend of coriander, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper. We also added a little more coriander, honey, and smoked paprika for depth. Blooming the spices in the microwave deepened their flavors for an even bolder dressing. Chickpeas further echoed the Moroccan theme and lent heartiness, and crisp romaine combined with slightly bitter watercress made the perfect bed of greens for our toppings. Reserving a bit of the dressing to drizzle on just before serving made the flavors pop…..
More here: https://www.concordmonitor.com/For-a-creative-chicken-salad-get-inspiration-from-Morocco-27098716
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Better Late Than Never: Morocco, Part 1: Moroccan Wishes And Camel Dreams

Internet Video Archive August 21, 2019

In part one of this season's finale, the guys head to Africa. William Shatner arranges a cinematic trek through the desert on some grumpy camels and the guys arrive in Marrakesh, Morocco. After exploring what the local market has to offer, the guys have an extra special dinner where they each make one last wish for this trip. George Foreman teaches some local kids how to bring the punch back, Terry Bradshaw shows the guys how it's done on the racetrack and Henry Winkler reveals a secret that cha
Follow it here: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/better-never-morocco-part-1-134200405.html
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Empowering the middle class is key to Morocco’s future.

King Mohammed says wealth creation is vital for stability and social cohesion

King Mohammed of Morocco has taken the bold step of spearheading efforts to improve the country’s economy, calling for better wealth creation to expand the middle class, which he described as nascent but crucial for stability and social cohesion. King’s Mohammad’s role is not to chart the details. However, in two major speeches by the Moroccan monarch in less than a month - to mark 20 years since his ascension to the throne, and the 1953 exile of his grandfather by the French - he made clear that the wealth gap needs to be narrowed and that the governance system is facing a major test to raise economic performance and attract investment.

The king called for de-centralisation and an overhaul of development policy. He raised the plight of the rural poor and the urban underclass, whose conditions contributed to past unrest, saying efforts must focus on opening avenues for social mobility. King Mohammed’s call came after the government’s planning division lowered economic growth forecast for this year from 2.9 per cent to 2.7 per cent because of a drop in farming output, compared with 3 per cent growth last year.

Since he succeeded the late King Hassan II in 1999, Morocco has undergone gradual reforms that lifted bans on public freedoms, absorbed various parties into the government and improved the investment environment. But poverty and unemployment have remained stubbornly high, with too many young Moroccans still seeing their future in emigration to the Francophone countries in Europe. Morocco’s per capita income is at only $3,090 and unemployment stands at 10 per cent while about 5 per cent of the population earned less than $5.50 a day in 2013, the last year for which World Bank data is available….
More here: https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/editorial/empowering-the-middle-class-is-key-to-morocco-s-future-1.901430
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The Real Strength of Morocco

Creating cooperatives, living together and working toward a common goal or vision is very “Moroccan,” as Caroline Kirk has found.

Caroline Kirk Aug 28, 2019

Morocco’s belief in the strength of pluralism has energized and shown me that difference can serve as a strength for any country, whether it is religious or secular, large or small, developed or developing. I was told that there are spiritual answers to the question, “Why Morocco?” — every person has a story to explain why they are in this country. The hospitality, emphasis on community and religious practice are only a few of the reasons Moroccans and visitors have provided. While personal narratives and my own experience have intertwined to affirm this point, so do the tenants of community and participatory development that I have witnessed as an intern at the High Atlas Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to local initiatives that community beneficiaries determine and manage.

During my first week in Morocco, after traveling toward the Amazigh village of Akrich, we stopped at a tree nursery. The seemingly small plot of pomegranate and fig saplings is the backdrop to a linkage of cultural cooperation. While Jewish pilgrims visit the mausoleum of Rabbi Raphael Hacohen year after year, a Muslim man, Abderrahim Beddah, serves as the caretaker of the land. This relationship helps the High Atlas Foundation engage a women’s cooperative in the neighboring village. Initiatives are interconnected.

Now, these multicultural nurseries are receiving government support. The National Initiative for Human Development has provided land-assessments to monitor the viability of an organic fruit tree nursery near the mausoleum of Rabbi David-Ou-Moshe in the Ouarzazate province. They will begin implementing a project that will generate more than 1 million trees over five years.

Sustainable development was created through, and continues to depend on, interfaith partnerships. If Beddah did not share the story of Jews crying on the journey to visit their saint and express his deep appreciation for their faith, then this partnership would be unlikely. However, the investment Moroccans make when they support their neighbors is a testament to development that depends on pluralism.
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Muslims and Jews in Morocco

Read it here: https://www.fairobserver.com/region/middle_east_north_africa/morocco-news-jewish-muslim-religion-maroc-arab-world-news-23895/
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After 10 Years of Fighting, Morocco’s Soulalyat Women Find Justice

By Sofia Mohaouchane - Sep 14, 2019 Fez

“Although it is too late for me to get back some of my lands, when I see all these women finally getting justice, I feel like the struggle has been worth it. I feel that their joy is my joy,” said Rkia Bellot, a soulalya woman and activist, to Morocco World News. “Whether they like it or not, it is our right. The law is on our side now.”  The House of Councillors has adopted a new set of laws designed to protect the rights of women who have a stake in communally-owned lands, also known as soulalyat women. The new laws, passed on August 2, affirmed women’s rights to benefit from their ancestral lands alongside men. The approval of the new law has cemented an important step in the fight for gender equality in land rights that has lasted over a decade. …
More here: https://world.einnews.com/article_detail/496334951/kelNufu2BcnPprT_?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======================================

Education Reform in Morocco

In most countries, the reform of the educational system has become a major priority.

By Moha Ennaji is an author and international consultant. Sep 4, 2019 Rabat

Surprisingly, the increase in the budgets of the ministries of education and reforms started over the past decade in many countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have not resulted in significant improvements in the quality of education, and the level of students remains uneven across countries and regions and within the same country. The quality of education in the region is a real challenge. Not all countries reach the international average in global assessments. The progress made will be insufficient to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely to attain quality education and reduce poverty and socio-economic inequalities.  By international standards, the quality of educational systems in the MENA region is still relatively low, although governments spend far more than Singapore, one of the strongest countries that devote much less on the education budget than the Gulf area or other developed countries.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/09/281870/education-reform-morocco/
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Majid Bekkas: Maintaining the Spirituality in Morocco’s Gnaoua Music

A Gnaoua fusion icon looks at the traditional Moroccan genre’s evolution and trajectory.

By  Perri Huggins  - Sep 15, 2019 Rabat

We would not automatically think of banjo tunes segueing into traditional Moroccan Gnaoua music, fused with blues and jazz. But this trajectory made all the sense in the world for Majid Bekkas, an internationally renowned pioneer of Gnaoua fusion music. The native of Sale, Morocco, started playing the banjo at 15 years old. From picking the twangy instrument to working as a librarian for the Moroccan Ministry of Culture, Bekkas followed an unusual career route that lead to a unique genre.  Even after teaching classical guitar at Rabat’s National Conservatory of Music, Bekkas finally said, “Enough. I prefer to spend the rest of my life playing my music. That’s what I do.” Bekkas shared stories and opinions on his career, the spirit of Gnaoua music, and the genre’s international trajectory, in an interview with Morocco World News…..

More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/09/282521/majid-bekkas-maintaining-the-spirituality-in-moroccos-gnaoua-music/
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Why are farmers in Morocco becoming insect guardians?

Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are threatened around the world. One project is encouraging farmers in Morocco to use blooming fields and insect hotels to protect them.
Video here https://www.dw.com/en/why-are-farmers-in-morocco-becoming-insect-guardians/a-49907746
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ERHAM: Taking Pity on Morocco’s Cats

One small charity is making a huge impact in the city of Azemmour, near Casablanca, by sterilizing the area’s household and street cats—for free

By Morgan Hekking - Sep 14, 2019 Rabat

Early morning in the coastal town of Azemmour, about an hour south of Casablanca, Anne Heslop makes her way from her house to a nearby garbage dump. Like every other day, she will begin this one by looking through piles of rubbish for abandoned and sick kittens.  Azemmour, like most Moroccan cities, is overrun with strays. Many of these cats and dogs are malnourished and carry viruses—and they are all rapidly reproducing. But one charity, ERHAM, has been working tirelessly to change this.  ERHAM means “take pity” in Arabic, and this is exactly what founder Anne Heslop wants the people of Azemmour to do: take pity on the animals subjected to a life of neglect in Morocco’s streets. 
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/09/282553/erham-taking-pity-morocco-cats/
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Moroccan Acrobats Amaze Audience of TV Show America’s Got Talent

Terry Crews, the American actor and comedian known for his athletic physique, was amazed by the strength and fitness of the brothers

By  Yahia Hatim  - Sep 12, 2019 Rabat

A Moroccan  trio of acrobats performed on the 14th season of America’s Got Talent. The footage of the performance went viral. The trio, called the Messoudi Brothers, showed strength, agility, and balance in their show-stopping performance. After the three brothers finished their set, the crowd and judges applauded and cheered on the Moroccan acrobats. The Messoudi Brothers, Soufiane, Karim, and Yassine were born in Australia. Their mother is English and their father is Moroccan. Aged between 25 and 30, the three brothers started training as acrobats when they were 2 or 3 years old. Their father, who was an acrobat at an Australian circus, shared his passion and skills with his three sons. “Being brothers makes us stronger partners and being partners makes us closer brothers!”, wrote the brothers on their Facebook page.
Video here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/09/282431/moroccan-acrobat-trio-amazement-tv-show-americas-got-talent/
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American Woman Strives to Bring Drinking Water to Moroccans in Atlas Mountains

A recent report revealed Morocco as one of the most water-stressed countries in the MENA region, listing it as the 22nd in the overall ranking.

By -Safaa Kasraoui is a journalist at Morocco World News.Sep 14, 2019 Rabat

The water crisis has been a global issue, leaving no country untouched. In recent years, and with the emergence of social media as a means to voice concerns, people have started sharing videos to express their frustration over the water crisis in both rural and urban areas in Morocco. So, how safe is drinking tap water in Morocco? For Shelley Clevedon “poor drinking water is a widespread problem throughout Morocco.”
Clevedon has initiated a project she labeled as the “Giving Pool” to help people, particularly girls in boarding schools in the Atlas Mountains, get access to safe drinking water. “I am starting in Asni because it is simply a place to start,” she said.   The project owner chatted with Morocco World News about her objectives and expectations. “I have been bringing water filter bottles and larger family-sized water filters to Morocco and my friend Hassan Hisse, who is a tour guide, has distributed them to families in need as he travels the country.”   …….    Read Also: French Development Agency Lends Morocco $58 Million for a Drinking Water Program
More here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/09/282538/american-woman-strives-to-bring-drinking-water-to-moroccans-in-atlas-mountains/
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Former Student Spotlight: The Misadventures of Margo Marie.

Former student Margo DeKoch ‘17 is a published author and local philanthropist. She shares about her passions in storytelling and what helped her to get there.

By Hannah LeGare ‘19 August 12, 2019

Margo DeKoch, a political science graduate from Texas A&M, is already a published author and known philanthropist in her local community in south Texas. The twist? She graduated last year.  While the twist is nothing short of a jaw-dropper, DeKoch remains humble in her accomplishments. For Margo DeKoch, it’s never been about what to think, but how to think. “Our view of the world is not incorrect, but incomplete,” she said. By this, DeKoch recognizes that she has a lot to learn from other cultures, people, and life experience.  And she sure has.  In 2015, DeKoch started a blog, MargswithMarge, as a way to share her funny and serious life stories. Many people told her she had a gift for storytelling, but it wasn’t until a couple of years later that she would make something more of it.  And even now, she isn’t telling people what to think, but how to think about her stories.

The gift of stories

After graduating from the Bush School of Government and Public Service with a MPSA in 2018, DeKoch taught abroad in Morocco for ten months, where she worked at an American Language Center teaching English as a Foreign Language. Immersed in a new culture, she wrote more stories about her adventures teaching and living in Morocco.  DeKoch decided to create a book with her compiled blog and Morocco-inspired stories called The Misadventures of Margo Marie. With the help of Metra Mehran, an Afghan friend through the Bush School, DeKoch learned that her book could support students across the world….
https://liberalarts.tamu.edu/blog/2019/08/12/former-student-spotlight-the-misadventures-of-margo-marie/
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Over 4 Million Children to Benefit From Royal Initiative ‘1 Million School Bags’

The initiative was launched by King Mohammed VI in 2008 and has since been renewed every year.

By -Juliette Owen-Jones is a journalist and editor at Morocco World News.Sep 15, 2019 Rabat

As part of the Royal Initiative ”1 Million School Bags,” running across the 2019-2020 school year, 113,664 students in Fez have received school bags from the government, according to MAP. A further 112,934 children in the province of Al Haouz have also received their school bags, an increase of 5 % compared to the previous year. According to MAP, a total of 4,463,000 children will benefit from the program this year.The initiative, which has a budget of MAD 484 million, was launched by King Mohammed VI in 2008 and has since been renewed every year. It is the largest government program to support school enrollment and is funded by the Social Cohesion Fund.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/09/282610/1-million-schoolbags-2019/
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Ministry Of Education Dismisses Claims of Flawed Preschool System

The Ministry said it reserves the right to sue anyone who spreads misinformation regarding its recent projects.

By Juliette Owen-Jones 

Juliette Owen-Jones is a journalist and editor at Morocco World News. Sep 9, 2019 Rabat

Morocco’s Ministry of Education has released a statement denying media reports that the National Program of Generalization and Development of Preschool, which consists of multiple high budget projects, is flawed. The program was announced on June 26 and is being put into practice this school year, which kicked off last week. The ministry argued that it is too soon for any criticism of the program to be valid, as it has only just been implemented.“Claiming that the Inclusive Education Project is struggling is completely unfounded, because how can an evaluation be made of a program that is still in its first phase of implementation,” said the ministry.
https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/09/282235/ministry-education-denies-flaws/
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Morocco Allegedly Ranks 89th in Health Care Index, Comes Last on the List

Morocco ranked low in terms of satisfaction with cost, speed in completing exampination, and friendliness as well as the courtesy of medical staff.

By-Safaa Kasraoui is a journalist at Morocco World News. Aug 19, 2019 Rabat

Morocco has allegedly ranked a low on Health Care Index from the global database website, Numbeo. The ranking listed Morocco last on the list in terms of health care. Venezuela and Iraq ranked  88th and 87th, respectively. South Africa tops the list in Africa as it ranks 49, followed by Tunisia 59th, and Algeria 68th.
In addition to the ranking, Numbeo also shared the findings of a survey, which studied Moroccans’ reactions to health care in Morocco.
The survey shows that people have low confidence on speed in completing examinations and reports at Moroccan health centers. Moroccans are also not satisfied with “friendliness and courtesy of the staff” and with “responsive in medical institutions”, and cost to the patient. The survey, however, is made through the contribution of  120 people, which raises questions about the reliability of Numbeo.
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American Rapper Ludacris In Love With Marrakech After Birthday Celebration

It seems Ludacris had nothing but love for Morocco during his stay, adorning all his posts with Moroccan flag emojis.

By -Juliette Owen-Jones is a journalist and editor at Morocco World News. Sep 15, 2019 Rabat

American rapper and actor Ludacris has all his followers feeling envious after the star showed off his lavish birthday celebrations in Marrakech on Instagram. The Fast and Furious star flew into Marrakech from Lisbon on a private jet with his Gabonese wife, Eudoxie Mbouguiengue. The pair chose to stay at the ultra-luxurious Royal Mansour, and Ludacris filmed the experience for Instagram. “What more could I want for my birthday? This is it,” he can be heard saying….
Follow it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/09/282632/ludacris-marrakech-birthday/
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The Netherlands Institute Morocco Opens its Doors for 2019 Intake

Léon Buskens, the director of the Netherlands Institute Morocco (NIMAR), sat down to talk to Morocco World News.

By Wouter Ijzerman  - Sep 15, 2019 Rabat

Leon Buskens visited Morocco in 1984 as a student for the first time. On September 9, 2019, he welcomed a new group of enthusiastic students from the Netherlands as director of the Netherlands Institute Morocco (NIMAR). When NIMAR faced an uncertain future in 2015, the oldest university of the Netherlands, Leiden University, had the courage to make the institute part of its infrastructure. In 2017 the institute was officially reopened by the then Minister of Education, Jet Bussemaker in the presence of the president of Leiden University Professor Carel Stolker and the mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb. Under the aegis of Buskens, NIMAR has not only maintained a steady course but has safeguarded its future by being granted official funding by the Ministry of Education in early 2019. What is the role of NIMAR in contemporary Morocco and what do this year students hope to achieve during their four months stay? ….
Read it here: https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2019/09/282623/netherlands-institue-morocco/
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