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National Library of Israel Announces Courses in Moroccan Dialect

Rabat - The National Library of Israel has reportedly announced the opening of Moroccan Dialect courses for Moroccans Jews. The language is still spoken by tens of thousands of Jews in Israel. The decision comes following the great cultural impact made by the popular Israeli TV series entitled “Zaguri Imperia,” which tells the story of a poor Moroccan family from Beersheba, a city in the south of Israel. Je ...

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Moroccan Teacher Trainees Escalate Protest in Face of Government Intransigence

By Mohamed Lakdali Rabat - Teacher trainees are escalating their protest activities after the government’s refusal to engage in dialogue concerning the two controversial decrees issued to separate teacher training from actual employment and to reduce trainees’ scholarships. Dialogue between teacher trainees and the government has seemingly reached a standstill, after the government rejected all proposals ai ...

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A German Expert Advocates for Introduction of Arabic as Mandatory Language in German Schools

By Mohamed Lakdali Rabat - In the midst of the growing controversy that Germany witnesses regarding refugee issues, an educational expert urged the German authorities to teach Arabic as a compulsory subject, arguing that “when we call for Arab children to learn German, German children ought to learn Arabic too.” Thomas Strotute, the president of Kuehne Logistics University in Hamburg suggested that Arabic b ...

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Two Moroccan Universities Among Arab World’s ‘Top 15′: Times Higher Education

New York - According to British magazine Times Higher Education (THE), two Moroccan universities made the "Top 15" list of best universities in the Arab World. The new THE “World University Rankings 2015-2016” published in January, listed the best higher education institutions in the world based on their core missions -– teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook. THE ranked instituti ...

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Peugeot Citroën Signs Agreement with Moroccan Universities to Open First OpenLab in Morocco

Rabat– An agreement for the establishment of Peugeot Citroen’s "Openlab" in Morocco was signed Monday in Rabat, at a ceremony attended by Morocco’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and the French Ambassador to Morocco, as well as the president of the regional council of Rabat-Sale-Kenitra. PSA Peugeot Citroen signed the agreement with five Moroccan universities and two US universities h ...

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The Hurdle of Native Speaker Requirement for English Language Teachers

By Abdelmounim Ait Hammou Casablanca - A stereotype about the effectiveness and superiority of English taught by native-speakers remains as thousands of highly-qualified and certified non-native speakers are still struggling to land a job outside their home countries.  Native English speakers seem to have no difficulties getting a teaching position in any country they desire. This is due to the recruiters’ ...

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The Crisis of Higher Education in Morocco

Rabat - Normally, in modernizing and liberalizing social contexts, the academic institutions serve a safe space for constructive dialogue disseminating knowledge, ideologies and ethical tensions. In Morocco, the plough of modernization could not turn over the rocky soil of ‘security’ on which the educational institution is based. On a deeper level, there is a larger contradiction between liberalization and ...

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Moroccan Government Reaches Compromise Agreement With Teacher Trainees

Taroudant - A draft agreement was reportedly reached on Saturday between teacher trainees and the Moroccan government. According to Medias24, the agreement was reached, a day after the scheduled “big march,” thanks to the mediation of members from civil society and trade unions. The same source said that the agreement was reached during a meeting held at the headquarters of the “wilaya” of Rabat. In regards ...

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Morocco: The Crisis in the House of Education

Rabat - The arm-wrestling party has lasted too long. The whole issue could - should - have been settled without as much ado, injury and pain. Bad language has been used, convictions too strong to be reversed have been expressed and feelings have been hurt. In the feud, the government of the Kingdom of Morocco is opposed to some nine thousand teacher trainees who are challenging two decisions which they have ...

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Morocco’s Head of Government Makes Offer to Teacher Trainees

Rabat – Morocco’s Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane has taken a step back and reportedly been forced to make an offer to teacher trainees following the protests that resulted in the “excessive use of force” by the Moroccan police in several cities. Benkirane’s first concession is that the implementation of the decree separating the training of teachers from recruitment will be postponed until 2017, acc ...

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Interaction in the Classroom: Is It Beneficial?

By Radouane Belkhadir, Rabat - Teaching is highly interactive, and successful practitioners rely largely on interaction in the classroom. Traditionally, however, interaction was unidirectional; that is, the teacher was the sole source of knowledge and that knowledge was spoon-fed to students. However, thanks to innovative approaches and methods of learning, interaction has recently regained its due importan ...

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Moroccan Teacher Trainees are Bloodied and Beaten

By Yassine Ennamous Marrakech - Lawyers defend human rights, doctors save people’s lives, but teachers inspire and enlighten their students’ minds and work as instruments of change forging a better future where humans are dignified and people’s lives are not at risk. Teachers are the roots of change at all levels and form a key factor in a nation’s development. They should be honored, praised, and respected ...

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