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Michelle Obama, daughters and mom promote girls’ education in Morocco

Reuters – Aziz El Yaakoubi

” U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, her mother and daughters Sasha and Malia were joined by Meryl Streep in Morocco’s Marrakesh on Tuesday on a six-day tour to try to promote girls’ education. More than a third of Morocco’s population of 34 million is illiterate – one of the highest rates in North Africa, and the rate is higher for women at 41 percent, official data shows. “I am sitting here now as the U.S. first lady, talking to you, because of my education,” Michelle Obama told a dozen girls from different towns.”(more)

Art Winding Through the Maze of Moroccan Educational System

Morocco World News – Mohamed Bella

“In Morocco, few schools integrate arts education in their educational curriculum. It is the job of our esteemed government to make an effort to fix this serious problem…Arts education is a primary means of developing critical and creative thinking in students. Studies prove that arts education helps students develop various skills such as creativity, imagination, communication, and teamwork. For instance, a report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) titled “Art for Art’s Sake” listed some fundamental points in improving students’ skills. Arts education has a positive impact on the subsets of skills defined as “skills for innovation”: subject-based skills (including non-arts subjects), skills in thinking and creativity, and behavioral and social skills…and may facilitate foreign-language training.”(more)

World Bank Helps Morocco Address Education Quality and Governance

The World Bank – Press Release

“A US$100 million loan will continue support to reforms in Morocco’s education system that aim to improve access to quality education for all children…“Education is key to Morocco’s development because of the strong connections between poverty, schooling and economic opportunity,” said Simon Gray, World Bank Maghreb Country Director.”(more)

Girls Who Risk Their Lives for Education

New York Times – Gordon Brown

“Almost unnoticed, one of the great civil rights struggles of our times is being fought out in our midst. Across the Indian subcontinent, in Afghanistan and in Africa, supporters of universal girls’ education are being threatened, assaulted, bombed and murdered.”(more)

Morocco Literacy Project Reaches Milestone, Wins International Praise

AllAfrica.com – Imrane Binoual

“More than 6 million Moroccans have benefited from literacy programmes over the last decade, according to figures unveiled last month…Morocco won honourable mention at the 2012 UNESCO Confucius Prize for its efforts, especially projects aimed at helping women become more independent through literacy.”(more)