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Morocco Week in Review 
February 2, 2019

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

(RPCV/Morocco) Mike Turner: Teaching Darija to Americans: Orienting Pedagogical Approaches for Different Audiences.

January 25, 2019January 25, 2019 by Ayoub El Jamal

This podcast, featuring Dr. Mike Turner of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and TALIM resident director John Davison, was recorded on January 4, 2019. Traditional approaches to teaching Arabic in American Universities have focused on bringing students to proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic, a formal register of the language that is used throughout the Arabic-speaking world. In recent years, however, there has been a move toward building proficiency in spoken Arabic dialects as well. While most American students who study an Arabic dialect study either Egyptian or Levantine, the rise of Morocco as a primary site for study abroad and international experiences means that there is also a growing demand for instruction in Darija, the local Arabic dialect of Morocco. Follow the Podcat here:

Identity and Language among the Amazigh Language of Morocco.

American student, Rachel Long, from Boston University  gives a presentation on the indigenous people of Morocco. (video)

History of Morocco a BBC documentary

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A gallery of Photos on Morocco

Country of light, country of colors, land of culture and history, Morocco offers a breathtaking diversity. Discover the typical Morocco through our album.


Morocco On My Mind

…In Pictures by Luna Ferrari The New Gastronome

As I write this, sitting in my kitchen with a cup of French press coffee – because a great energy always comes from this place – almost eight months have passed from my first trip to Morocco, and almost two since my last visit. I rarely travel that often to the same country; there’s just so much in the world to see, yet Morocco left me with a deep fascination for its culture, and a wanting for more (of its food, especially).

Houda Gueddari: In Morocco, Politics Accommodates Culture, Stifles Art

Without a policy to promote and support local talent, Morocco will continue to lag behind in global art industries.

By Tamba François Koundouno- Jan 24, 2019 Rabat

Though Morocco has talented artists capable of propelling the country in the highest firmament of global art industries, the North African country’s cultural policies are still wanting in many regards.
“On Moroccan national television, we now watch American movies and Turkish TV series,” the prize-winning Moroccan painter and designer Houda Gueddari recently told Morocco World News at the Fez International Artists Gathering. “Morocco has no policy to promote its own artists. We turn on the TV and there is nothing to stimulate children’s intelligence or make the ordinary Moroccan a more cultured, educated, and informed citizen. Morocco’s political sphere is the first culprit.” ===============================================

Education Minister Disregards English in Morocco, Not in London

While the Moroccan education minister ruled out the possibility of English taking prevalence over French in Morocco any time soon, he gave it importance in London.

By Tarek Bazza - Rabat

During the World Education Forum in Londonon January 21, Moroccan Minister of Education Said Amzazi and British Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt discussed the training of Moroccan teachers in the English language. Amzazi and Burt discussed how to train Moroccan teachers in the English language, especially teachers of scientific disciplines such as mathematics, physics, and chemistry, Amzazi told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The director of the British Council in Morocco, John Mitchell, and Moroccan Secretary of State for Vocational Training Mohamed Rherras both attended the meeting.

Forecast Africa: Top Priorities for the continent 2019.

In this year’s Foresight Africa, AGI scholars and invited experts illuminate the priorities of the continent in 2019, delving into six overarching themes with recommendations for tackling the challenges that lie ahead. This unprecedented dynamism of the continent is creating opportunities for trade and investment and is drawing interest from an increasingly diverse group of external partners. Democracy is consolidating, although the prevalence of tensions and, in some countries, violence during elections point to areas for improvement. The demographic tidal wave looms closer, and job creation has not yet been able to catch up. Despite continued progress on governance, more efforts are needed to eradicate corruption and to elevate the voice of women and young people in the decision making…….

Moroccan women take on climate change

With 36 million people, sustainable farming in Morocco is becoming difficult

January 28, 2019

In Mosques Across Morocco, Women Are Leading A Quiet Revolution

‘Women can become the solution to problems. The men will follow.’

By Lisa Abend  30/01/2019

Not long ago, a woman confided a terrible secret to Zineb Hidra. Her husband, she whispered, was an alcoholic. He spent the young family’s money on liquor, and beat her when he was drunk. One day he would hurt their children, she feared, or worse. Hidra listened calmly, but when she answered, her voice burned with conviction.‘I told her that she must try to get him help,’ Hidra says. ‘And then I insisted that if he didn’t change, she must divorce him.’ Those might not sound like radical words, but in some parts of the world, this advice is nothing short of revolutionary. As a mourchida, she is one of the now hundreds of women that the Moroccan government has trained and employed as female clerics. They are experts in Islamic law and tradition, who are equipped with the power — and a deep knowledge of the Quran — that allows them to promote and defend women’s rights.

The Ancient and Vibrant Leather Tanneries of Fez, Morocco

26 January, 2019

Fez is one of the most important cities in Morocco. Located in the northern part of the country, this ancient city served as Morocco’s capital for centuries. The historic part of the city, known also as the Medina of Fez, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the site’s attractions is the Chouara Tannery, the largest tannery in the city.

Founding Fez

The history of Fez goes all the way back to the late 8th century AD. At that time, Morocco was ruled by the Idrisid Dynasty. The founder of the dynasty, Idris I, decided that the current capital, Oualili (the ancient Roman city of Volubilis), was not grand enough, and made plans for a new capital. Before his plans could be put into action, however, Idris died. As a result, it was Idris’ successor, Idris II, who is given the credit of founding Fez. ………….

Lecture to explore Churchill’s love of Morocco

By FROM STAFF REPORTS  Friday, January 25, 2019

Morocco was the favorite winter retreat of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain’s legendary World War II leader.  He considered the Moroccan city of Marrakesh to be “the most lovely place in the whole world.”  In January 1943, the British prime minister and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met secretly in Casablanca, a momentous conference that set the course for the rest of World War II.
Churchill’s significant ties to Morocco will be the topic of Monday’s opening lecture for “Magic of Morocco,” this year’s 3D Journeys travel and lecture series at LaGrange College. Duncan Sandys, a great-grandson of Winston Churchill, will be speaker. The lecture, free and open to the public, will be at 10 a.m. in Dickson Assembly Room of Turner Hall………

Shell Selects Young Moroccan Engineers to Join Eco-Marathon Europe 2019

A group of hard working engineers in the club “Mines Leaders” at Rabat’s National School of Mineral Industry have made it to Shell Eco-Marathon Europe 2019, taking the first step toward their dream come true.

Chef Ait Ouakrim Takes Morocco to World-Class Bocuse d’Or Contest

Morocco and Tunisia are the only Arab and African countries represented in the 2019 Bocuse d’Or.

By  Morocco World News  - Jan 30, 2019 Rabat

Chefs from 24 countries, including Morocco, showcased their cooking skills on Tuesday and Wednesday in Lyon, France, competing for the Bocuse d’Or, a world-class culinary competition. In the 16th Bocuse d’Or, chef Aissam Ait Ouakrim represented Morocco. Ait Ouakrim is a former chef of Fafa’s by Palais Soleiman in Marrakech.

Stop Normalizing Violence Against Women

I have spent more than 16 years travelling through various parts of the world. I have travelled through Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and the many islands of the Caribbean, Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

By  Johanna Higgs

I have spent time in slums in Senegal, in fishing villages in Cambodia and with former child soldiers in Uganda. I have met female fighters in Iraq, stayed in small villages in Afghanistan and in the homes of families in Kashmir. I have travelled through the Brazilian Amazon by boat, met with ex slaves in Mauritania and Syrian refugees in Lebanon. I have spent time in the United States, in homes in Kazakhstan and with Sahrawi refugees in the Algerian desert and so much more.  I have noted that through these travels, that while there are many differences amongst us, there are some things that we share in common. One of them being the way in which we normalize violence and discrimination against women and girls.

Opinion: Emotional Safety Must Be the Cornerstone of Education Reform

“School safety involves, first and foremost, an atmosphere of safety—a climate in which children feel comfortable and happy” – Carol Silverman Saunders.

By  Youssef  Bounaji Casablanca

It was 8 a.m. and students were standing in serpentine rows, facing a wall steps away from the school gate. Two administrators were shouting at them to line up straight and start singing the national anthem, which they could barely recall. The flagpole was a stone’s throw from them, but nobody was looking at it. Instead, they were looking at the wall where the map of the country was sketched side by side with the national anthem. The students shivered and their voices shook. They sounded like a bunch of foreigners who were trying hard to sing the national anthem of another country.

Morocco Opens First Autism-Focused Academic Degree

Morocco is on its way toward overcoming the lack of research and medical training for autism.

By  Ahlam Ben Saga - Rabat

The Faculty Of Medicine and Pharmacy (FMPC) in Casablanca inaugurated the first university degree focused on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Morocco and the rest of the Maghreb on Tuesday. Students pursuing the degree will receive three years of training on autism approaches and interventions to improve the lives of people on the autism spectrum. The training program will produce 20 qualified professionals each year. The autism education degree program will also support families in difficult conditions to better care for and attend to the needs of their children with autism.

Huawei Launches ICT Program in Morocco to Support Moroccan Talent

Fez’s USMBA university students will benefit from Huawei’s ICT Academy Program.

By  Morocco World News - Rabat

Huawei, one of the world’s leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies launched an ICT program on January 16 at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University (USMBA).
Huawei ICT Academy, an advanced special technologies program, will provide an opportunity for the university’s teachers and students to develop their skills in the ICT industry and obtain Huawei certification. According to Huawei, its  ICT Academy program includes the following certification paths: “HCIA/P-R&S, HCIA/P-WLAN, HCIA/P-Security, HCIA/P-Storage and HCIA/P-Cloud Computing.”

An Open Letter From 2,600+ Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Regarding The Future Of Our Country

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