Impact Area: Early Childhood Education
Education is one of the most pressing social issues in Morocco, with an illiteracy rate of 40% in people over the age of 15. Particularly in rural, mountainous areas like Azrou, children are often taken out of school at a young age to help support their families in farming and herding activities. At preschools in particular, government support does not exist, and teachers receive no training. In these rural schools, with poor infrastructure and a low number of teachers, volunteers are essential to providing early engaging activities and varied to support the individual academic potential of each student, and provide critical capacity to ensure students don't fall behind.
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In Morocco, the average years of schooling for a child is far below other countries in the region and even further below the global expected standards for children ages 5-16. In Morocco, only 20% of girls have a secondary education compared with 30% of boys. While a number of social issues contribute to these outcomes, the infrastructure and materials in schools in Azrou, like Fatima Al Fihriya Elementary School, are severely lacking. More than 100 students are in need of eyeglasses, and hand washing facilities are unusable. In the winter months, children often lack appropriate clothing for the cold weather in a school room heated by a wood burning stove. While financial constraints limit the ability of the schools to provide optimal education conditions, CCS volunteers work through child education projects to improve both the educational activities and infrastructure of these struggling classrooms.
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If you're searching for a destination that speaks to all of your senses, you'll find it on your gap year in Morocco. The country's ancient medinas, quaint coastal towns, and vibrant spice markets remind you at every turn that you've left the familiar behind. For many globetrotting gappers, Morocco provides an eye-opening first-hand look into Islam and all of its beautiful and historied layers. In Azrou, you will be welcomed into an Amazigh community in the Middle Atlas Mountains with neighbors eager for your support in improving educational opportunities.
Programs are available for 1-12 weeks with program fees starting at $2490.