Morocco World News
Rabat, May 27, 2012
I always believed, strongly, that education is salvation from the darkness of ignorance, the chains of uncertainty and the burden of inferiority. I still believe that and always will, there is no doubt about it.
However, having said that, I just couldn’t help wondering if what I believe applies to our Moroccan educational system. In fact, from day one at school, children get to learn how to read, write and count. Perhaps you will tell me that all these skills are the universal basics of education and everybody has to know them. Then I say; I couldn’t agree more!
Yet, getting an education is, to me much more than accumulating skills and knowledge. Actually, if you ask any Moroccan student about the purposes of getting an education, his or her answer will certainly be focused on the fact that education is the highway to having a stable job, which will allow them to have a car, an apartment, a wife or a husband and eventually children.
There is nothing wrong with all that I have to say. Though, the definition of education must not be taken in its restrictive approach. On the contrary, I think education must be considered as the opportunity to understand and to define the person’s raison d’être in this life as well as the ability to make this world a better place to be.
I believe education is like a bridge which links multiple and diverse worlds and ages and allows different people to gather and grasp what makes them unique among other unique people. Education opens a person’s mind and makes him or her eager to know more about ones siblings in an attempt to strengthen mutual understanding and to dissolve stereotypes.
From that perspective, our educational system has to be renewed and reviewed in order to prepare the next generations and give them the tools and abilities to find their path in life and contribute to the welfare of the whole world.
Khadija Znaïdi is a graduate student from Rabat. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Institut Supérieur de l’Information et la Communication and she is preparing a Master’s degree in Mohammed V University, in Rabat