By Rachid Khouya
By Rachid Khouya
Morocco World News
Rabat, April 19, 2013
The National Observatory for Children’s Rights has launched the second edition of its national project Equal Opportunity for Knowledge in the Moroccan capital of Rabat Tuesday. The project launched at the training center in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, established members of the Club of the Children’s Parliament and under the Patronage of Princess Lalla Merriam, the President of The National Observatory for Children’s Rights.
In the opening ceremony, the organizing committee reminded the audience of the noble objectives of this national plan that aims to provide equal opportunities and access to knowledge so as to help Moroccan children to learn better, ameliorate their educational level and have access to knowledge resources without emphasizing the priority of spreading a culture of citizenship and patriotism and reinforcing children’s rights.
This second edition of this program targets nearly 500 low-achieving students representing the regions of Morocco with the participation of 70 teacher volunteers who will listen to those students, advise them, guide them and give the psychological and pedagogical support they need to succeed in their educational lives and to pass the regional and the national exams with success.
“Our mission is to save Moroccan children from delinquency, despair, hopelessness, pessimism and illiteracy,” said Mr., Ahmed, a participant from Kenitra city, “Sharing our knowledge, skills, values and motivation is the best gift we can give to this future generation because investing in their heads, minds and hearts is the main road that can guarantee building a strong Morocco that is able to face the challenges.”
Mohamed Mohssin, a representative of the Moroccan Association of High School Supervisors and manager of the pedagogical side of this national program explained, “This time the focus is on the students of second year Baccalaureate and the third year of junior high school, as the students of these two levels are going to pass their regional and national exams.”
“During the three days of these programs,” added Mohssin, “the students will get the needed support from their teachers who will coach them and help them with the necessary and acquired knowledge and skills to pass their exams without problems and with success.”
Many students have told MWN that being as “low achievers” has motivated them and made them understand that nothing is impossible when they want to succeed.
A participant from Marrakesh said, “This project gave us hope, self-confidence, responsibility and determination to work hard and to think of going further in our studies because we discovered that there are different learning styles and different learning strategies to learn and to be like other students and to taste the sweetness of good marks and success.”
The teachers thanked the organizing committee for their great efforts to create the best conditions for both teachers and students. The conference was also an occasion for teachers from regions around the kingdom to meet their colleagues and to exchange their experiences regarding teaching and learning operations.
“This is an occasion to strengthen the human relations between teachers from different parts of the kingdom and to involve them in giving birth to this national project and to live this national dream that is watered by the love of this beautiful country and to build and shape the Moroccan personality of the generation of tomorrow,” commented Said Hawasya’a supervisor of mathematics.
This national program goes through April 28 and will include other training activities for teachers and students as well as open debate about the issues of education and Moroccan childhood, discussion of problems and concerns, and suggestions of suitable solutions to improve their conditions in rural and urban areas.
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