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World Challenge expeditions are designed to develop important life skills, helping students to:
- Hone teamwork and leadership skills
- Gain confidence and self-esteem
- Become more globally aware
- Enhance employment prospects
We are going to be leaving Aberdeen on Friday 24th June 2016, flying to Marrakech and returning on Thursday 7th July. We spend our first night in Morocco in Marrakech and get to visit some of the local markets and cafes.
About 4 million people in Morocco live below the national poverty line, and 3 million of them are in rural areas. Although there has been progress made, with this being reflected by the country’s standing in the human development index, the gap between urban and rural areas remains a large one.
Difficult geographical conditions and deteriorating infrastructure affect rural poverty. Among the causes of poverty are factors that hinder agricultural development, such as land tenure factors, frequent climatic fluctuations, poor soil and water resources and degradation of natural resources, poor access to credit, farmers’ lack of organization, as well as their illiteracy and low levels of training. Also contributing to poverty is scant diversification of agricultural activities and insufficient access, not only to financial services, but also to basic social services and infrastructure, particularly in the mountainous zones and semi-arid plains and uplands. Another factor is the weakness of community organizations, which lack the necessary training and support to take charge of their own development.
We were saddened to hear that 53% of primary school children do not attend secondary school education. Also, many girls are not experiencing the same education as boys due to poor sanitary conditions. Unbelievably, many girls do not attend school at all during their menstrual cycle, resulting in this cycle of poverty. Our key aim is to contribute positively in making the schools attractive, safe and secure.
Our project is situated in Tifoutoute. It is a small, rural village to the west of the provincial town of Ouarzazate. Located to the south of the High Atlas Mountains, it is just a 4 hour drive from Marrakech. The town is also known as “Ouallywood” due to its flourishing film industry.
Teams will stay at the Avon Academy in Ouarzazate centre where basic accommodation in dorm rooms and private rooms will be provided. The lower floors of the Avon Academy serve as a languages and cultural learning centre for local youths.
Our project will include;
– Finish raising the height of the boundary walls (local labourers will complete all work at height and teams will need to assist with mixing cement and passing concrete blocks up to the builders)
– Plastering and painting the school boundary walls.
– Creating sign-posts or educational murals in Arabic and French in order to raise awareness of hygiene, good toilet etiquette, and the environment – e.g. “flush the toilet and make sure it is clean after use”, “wash your hands”, “turn off the taps” etc.
– Re-designing the school’s courtyard; constructing benches & bins, creating a playground and a sports pitch
– Renovating the school buildings; repairing/replacing broken doors, windows, locks and handles.
– Expanding and maintaining the gardens in order to provide more shade, making borders around the gardens
This project will be of great benefit to the community and the team.
-Firstly the adventure of working together with the local community will become a once in a lifetime experience for everyone involved.
-The community will have a more welcoming, safe and secure school which will attract more students and retain those who currently attend for longer, therefore ensuring a good education level in the community.
-The raised school boundary walls provide more security and privacy for the students, and therefore ensure that the school property is not subject to vandalism.
-Renovating the school grounds and building benches will create a stimulating environment which will be highly beneficial for the students’ recreation.
-Installing bins and painting sanitation/environment-themed educational murals will help to promote environmental awareness, encourage students to dispose of rubbish correctly and take better care of the toilets, thus helping to reduce water bills and improve the school’s ecological footprint
-The intercultural exchange with the members of the community and your team will have a long lasting effect on both parties. Your work will really help reach all corners of the community and unite them even more.
The High Atlas Mountains, including the Toubkal National Park, are situated to the south of Marrakech. The team is taking part in the Jebel Oukaimeden Trek. The trek is a round trip; they will head south out of Oukaimeden Village and ascend Oukaimeden Peak (3262m). The journey is over spectacular passes and through lush valleys and small villages all in the shadow of Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. Once at the summit the team will enjoy a picnic lunch with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and the breath taking Jebel Toubkal. We then return to Club Federation Marocaine (hostel) in Oukaimeden Village where the team will stay for the night.
Rest and Relaxation
After 7 days of project work and our 1 day trek, pupils will have time to wind down and relax at the beach and explore the historic fishing town of , one of the main ports and tourist spots along Morocco’s west coast. With its fortified harbour and fort designed by the French, Essaouira has a mixed feel of European and Moroccan culture. Pupils can walk along the cannon-protected ramparts near Skala de la Ville and visit the working fishing port down in Skala du Port. The town has a historic with narrow alleyways, colourful and a daily fish market, all which combine to give a quite unique flavour of Morocco.
In the afternoon pupils will have the opportunity to explore Essaouira’s fabulous coastline on camelback in Diabat Village. In the cool of the early evening, these ‘ships of the desert’ will take pupils across scrub, sand dunes and golden sandy beaches.
The next day pupils will travel back to Marrakech where they will have some time for some last-minute haggling in the souks. They will also get the opportunity to visit the amazing , with its dramatic mix of musicians, healers, storytellers and vendors.
Read about all out fundraising efforts in future posts!