By Brahim Ait Amar
By Brahim Ait Amar
Morocco World News
Kelaat M’Gouna, Morocco, January 14, 2013
The genesis of my interest in education, an interest which has now evolved into an aspiration and pursuit of a career in the field, happened during my undergraduate studies. My one year experience in teaching has changed my understanding of education and, together with it, the course of my entire life. Nowadays, education should be dominated by some new and advanced concepts, assisted by some effective strategies, both of which are vitally important for bringing about a greater social role from education.
Out of my love of teaching, I have attached significant importance to modifying monotonous conventional English teaching strategies widely employed by “old” teachers. I endeavor to gain the students’ learning styles from in-class and off-class communications with them. This makes a great pressure on me that I should attribute all my creativity to the beneficial values I received from different related conferences and from my self-study of some western works on education under the influence of motivation and the experience as well.
Nevertheless, as I delve deeper into my new life, I have become increasingly aware that the status of Moroccan education has much to be desired, even if it’s still facing some deeply rooted problems, but only when it depends on some modern aspects of teaching. The relativity of backward educational concepts and teaching methodologies have made it inevitable that Moroccan education as a whole remains out of pace with the overall international education development. No one should deny that the existing Moroccan education practices fall behind those of France and Belgium. If this means something it means that Morocco hasn’t become independent yet. Simply put, education is the base of all other sectors. Therefore, if it’s dominated by external forces, we cannot expect something promising to come out of other fields, as a result, the country will always play hide and seek inside the same circle.
Though the Moroccan Ministry of education has tried many practices to reform and amend the system of education, practitioners, parents, and intellectuals are still complaining that there are no significant changes in this field. It’s obvious to anyone that, in fact, there are no real changes and the problem is becoming even worse. All these factors give us general sense that long-term and empirical studies on education haven’t been planned yet. In addition, those who are in charge aren’t ready for that, they only give us a blind eye claiming that change is coming, but when? What’s more is when citizens become rebellious and decide to take to streets voicing their views against Moroccan minister of education, Mr. El Wafa, and his companions do not only give us a blind eye, but also a deaf ear. Simply because they have a lot of responsibilities, and they haven’t much time to waste arguing with real victims, poor citizens.
To be sure, education is put above all that all sectors, economy, justice, science, and so on, are closely related to it. Hence, why those who pretend that they don’t have much time don’t work on the problem in a very firm way? Why they don’t consider it as a national matter? I’m certain that they can make change; all they need is to be daring and valiant enough so they become more ‘independent’ in their decisions regardless of national and international pressures.
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