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Cataluña offers Moroccans Arabic & Islam Education in Return for a ‘Yes’ in the Referendum

Agadir- Cataluña's regional government is reportedly trying to sway its large Moroccan population to vote favorably during the upcoming referendum on secession from the Spanish kingdom that has been scheduled for November 9, by offering Arabic and Tamazight lessons in addition to lessons about Islam in the region's schools, according to Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo. The government of the northeastern re ...

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Morocco’s Minister of Higher Education: Students Must Master English to Access Science Universities

Taroudant, Morocco - After various statements made by Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of Higher Education, in which he highlighted the importance of English for students aspiring to build a bright future, the Moroccan official has reportedly signed a circular making it obligatory for scientific students to master English language before they can be admitted in science Universities. According to Radio Deluxe, Lahcen ...

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UK: New All-Girl Muslim School Opened its Doors, Encourages Academic Excellence

Taroudante- A new all-girl Muslim school opened its doors in the city of Coventry, West Midlands, England, encouraging students to aspire to high positions in the country by joining top universities, according to the local Coventry telegraph. For now, the school serves students in temporary buildings on Lincoln Street, Foleshill while permanent premises are still under construction. The school hosts 153 stu ...

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Over 656,000 Students Enrolled in Moroccan Universities for 2014-2015 Academic Year

Rabat - Some 656,467 student have been enrolled in Moroccan universities for the 2014-2015 academic year, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executives Training, Lahcen Daoudi, said Tuesday. The number of students enrolled in Moroccan universities rose by 47 percent from 446,985 during the 2011-2012 academic year to 656,467 during the 2014-2015 academic year, Daoudi said at MAP Forum, hel ...

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ECDC, Initiative to Reestablish Peace and Positive Communication Inside Moroccan Universities

By Huda Bouzloul Meknes - Many universities in Morocco are experiencing a series of ideological conflicts and intolerant behavior between groups of students with different political and cultural beliefs. Abderahim El Hasnaoui, a student from the University of Meknes, was murdered by students from Annahj democrati Al Qaidi in Fez Dher Mehrez campus few months ago, bringing to light the necessity of securing ...

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Morocco’s Minister of Education Denies teachers Right to Pursue Higher Education

Taroudant, Morocco - Moroccan Minister of Education Rachid Belmokhtar said Thursday that the Ministry is refusing to allow teachers to pursue higher education because “of the negative impact of their absence on student learning." Speaking at a press conference following a meeting of the Government Council on Thursday, the Minister said the teacher is an "employee who is accountable to the Ministry and also ...

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UK: “Sharia” Loan Launched for Muslim Students

Taroudant, Morocco - The British government announced that students from Islamic confession now have the opportunity to receive financial loans in accordance with Islamic law, according to the Huffington. The high tuition fees are forcing many British students to borrow money from banks, which they repay at the end of their studies, but Muslim students who could not afford education fees were forced to eith ...

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Morocco Almost Achieves Universal Primary Education: UNICEF

Rabat- Morocco has virtually achieved universal primary education with a national enrollment average of 99.5 pc, the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) said. The country’s commitment, spearheaded by the ministry of National Education and Vocational Training, has contributed in achieving this performance during the past decade, UNICEF said in a statement issued on the occasion of the launch of the sch ...

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Morce-Net And The Creation of 100 English Resource Centres: A Dream-Come-True Success Story

Taroudant, Morocco- After the success of Moroccan Resource Centers of English Network (MoRCE-Net) first national conference held in Agadir, April 16-19, 2013, and the second conference in Marrakech, November 16-18, 2013 under the theme “Promoting Lifelong Learning through Enhancement Activities and Project Work”, the Network honored its commitment and promise. Its ambitious dream of creating 100 resources c ...

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Hoax Accuses Moroccan-born French Minister of Imposing Arabic in French Schools

Agadir- France's Moroccan-born minister of Education Najat Vallaud Belkacem has been reportedly planning to file a formal legal complaint over a hoax letter that circulated widely on social media networks supposedly sent from her office urging French towns to offer weekly Arabic-language classes, according to media reports. The letter, complete with fake letterhead and signature, suggests that the minister ...

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‘The Other Leader Program’ Offers Opportunity to Poor Students in Southeast Morocco

Marrakech - "Need is the mother invention." When a society is in need of something, it can create its own solutions and plans to respond to those needs. When the Al Atlassain, Jeunes Sud Volontariat (JSV), and Association Marocaine de Probabilité et Statistiques (AMPS), associations in southeast Morocco identified a need to improve education for lycee students, they initiated a response to the needs of exce ...

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Journals of a Moroccan Fulbrighter in America (2): Middle Eastern Studies at UT, Austin

Austin - When I was preparing my research project for the Fulbright grant, I never thought that I would end up at the department of Middle Eastern Studies (MES). It just happened that the researchers whose work I was interested in belonged in that department. I have chosen to write about MES at the University of Texas at Austin because many of my fellow Moroccans, and Arabs at large, usually suspect that Am ...

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