Inezgane, Morocco - The introduction of the new Moroccan traffic code was not at all an easy task for legislators to pass. The code as a bill in parliament was met with great resistance on the part of advocates of the older version and on the street by freight and public transportation professionals through strikes and demonstrations.
Inezgane, Morocco – The introduction of the new Moroccan traffic code was not at all an easy task for legislators to pass. The code as a bill in parliament was met with great resistance on the part of advocates of the older version and on the street by freight and public transportation professionals through strikes and demonstrations.
Now that the new code is adopted and in vigor, road users from all walks of life and all over the country are to abide by its rules and regulations. It goes without saying that the new code will positively impact the lives and behaviors of a great many Moroccans.
Pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, car drivers, taxi drivers, bus drivers, truck drivers and passengers alike will have to update their knowledge and regulate their behaviors to meet the requirements and obligations depicted in the new code. This impact will certainly last for at least a few decades and therefore has to be considered as a major challenge to old school mentality. The ability to positively cope with change dictates to all road users to take knowledge of the new code requirements and translate them into positive and adequate behavior.
The new traffic code did not materialize out of the blue and was not at all intended just to make resisters angry. It was primarily motivated by several good reasons among which road users’ safety figures as a capital factor. As a matter of fact the incredible and alarming number of road accidents in Morocco in the last decade has been quite a serious issue for both the government and the public. This issue was a major instigating factor for this change. Moreover, the objective of meeting international road safety standards as part of the globalization package is not anywhere to be ignored or overlooked.
At this point in time, the Moroccan school needs not remain isolated from the world around it. Rather, it needs to rise to the multi-faceted challenges the world continuously throws its way. Through active and responsible civic education courses, school in Morocco like anywhere else in the world can strongly and positively impact the social environment well beyond its walls. The new traffic code has no longer to be dealt with in the old fashioned ‘mouth to ear’ way of transmitting knowledge.
In an ever growing educated community, people as much as possible need to read for themselves to become well informed and updated and not simply rely on what others will have to tell them about their rights and responsibilities. Partly for this purpose, I have put forward this educational piece of work called “On The Move!” with the aim to incorporate aspects of the new Moroccan traffic code. In addition, “On The Move” aims at sharpening students English Language oral and written skills. For this purpose, it supplies them with appropriate linguistic tools to lead appropriate and successful discussions and at a later stage develop the ability to write fairly good reproductions of the ideas put forward in oral interactions.
In a nutshell, this piece of work will help students achieve the following:
– Get to further develop their English language repertoire.
– Refresh their use of some key linguistic functions.
– Develop critical thinking skills.
– Sharpen their English language oral skills.
– Allow them to take a stand on things they do not agree with and be able to suggest alternative solutions.
– Develop their note taking skills and synthesis writing skills.
– Develop an acute degree of awareness of rights and obligations that are there to impact their future lives.
The idea of designing this piece of work has come to light in the wake of the newly introduced Moroccan traffic code as mentioned earlier. It is not, by any means, meant to supplant the role or any part of the role of driving schools in this country or anywhere else. The driving force behind the work has purely stemmed from concerns directly linked to good practices in pedagogy as well as to exemplary principles and responsible actions of citizenship.
Education is of capital importance in promoting good citizenship, combating old school thinking and reversing the trends of resistance to change. Thus, the Moroccan school is invited to touch upon such a new reality and be ready to meet its challenges through all educational media available. The English language is one of the media that can be used with a great range of benefits. As a matter of fact through this medium, learners will combine the joy of successfully learning some features of the language with the satisfaction of learning new, practical and useful information. Learners will equally indulge in motivating realistic and practical discussions to hone their oral and writing skills and develop their sense of critical thinking.
In this work, mention has been of three differently powered ways of locomotion in shared public space, the physically self-powered, the animal powered and the machine powered way of locomotion. The tension and conflict that these types of locomotion can generate on public roads have been highlighted in the “Topics for discussion.” Focus has been essentially placed on finding ways to avoid problems when possible, resolving potential or occurring conflicts and minimizing opportunities for tension-generating behaviors.
To this end, students are invited to actively come up with what they believe would be good or practical solutions to issues related to road use. Learners using this manual are exposed to English language traffic and traffic signs’ terminology. They are also equipped with necessary linguistic functions to conduct a fairly successful discussion on traffic and traffic issues. Each discussion is planned to go hand in hand with note taking of ideas and views put forward during such activity.
The note taking in the course of each discussion would subsequently serve as a spring-board for the final writing stage. To heighten students’ readiness for writing, a number of linking words and transitional expressions have been supplied in the “Oral and writing tools” section. The students’ task then would be to manage their arguments along with the counter arguments of their peers and present the whole package in an appropriate logical piece of writing.
In this interactive way, school could help shed some light on important traffic issues that could impact the lifetime of learners. It would also contribute enormously to affecting some of the desirable change in public mentality and behavior.
This work is by no means perfect. A lot remains to be accomplished. To that end, sincere constructive feed-back is most welcome to help achieve a better performance.
“On the Move” is an educational project put forward by Mohamed El Hassan Abou El Fadel. It aims at including aspects of the newly introduced traffic code in the Moroccan school curriculum. Within the framework of this project, students are invited to hone their critical thinking skills through discussing important traffic related issues and coming up with potential solutions or alternatives. On the long run, this humble step may prove to be of help in affecting some of the desirable change everyone likes to see in Moroccan public mentality and behavior. “On the Move” will keep coming to you in parts until all contours are drawn and the final picture revealed. Readers constructive feed-back is highly welcomed and valued.
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