By Rachid Khouya
By Rachid Khouya
Morocco World News
Smara, Morocco, October 2, 2012
Believing that real change of people and the achievement of sustainable and human development can and will never take place without investing in our students and children’s minds, the governor of Smara, a city in the south of Morocco, has gave birth to an unprecedented project. Aimed at encouraging reading and investing in the minds of our future generations, the initiative has set-up eight reading centers and clubs inside the different neighborhoods of the city.
A first in this city’s history, the children of the different neighborhoods of Smara will benefit from the services of the newly built reading centers where they will have access to books on all fields of knowledge namely literature, culture, religion, sciences, history, geography, arts and citizenship.
In meetings held this week with the various actors in the city’s education system, teacher unions, parent associations, and school headmasters, Mr. Mohamed Salem Sabti, Smara’s governor, asked everybody to take action and to stand up and be one man so as to reform our schools and encourage students to study and attend class. He insisted upon the idea that schools should not be closed spaces where students are imprisoned daily and weekly. They, on the contrary, should be open spaces full of life, activity and action. He invited teachers to create school clubs for music, drama, theater, cinema, reading and extra-curricular activities.
For the city’s reading initiative, the Smara, which used to be the scientific capital of the south of the kingdom, is going to see the opening of eight new centers for reading inside the neighborhoods so as to bring libraries closer to students and children. The governor prioritizes the importance of reading as the only way to invest in student’s minds and to enable them to face the future’s challenges regionally, nationally and internationally. Moreover, it is only, according to the governor, through reading and education that we can revive the historical image of Smara as the scientific capital of the south.
The governor called on everyone to be responsible and think about the future of our youth as they are our national human capital. He invited schools and parents to work together side by side so as to improve the educational level of the children and the youth, enrich their cultural background, save them from drugs and delinquency though cultural cooperation, hard work, responsibility and a sense of sacrifice and citizenship.
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