By Youssef El Assaad
By Youssef El Assaad
Meknes – In early march, the non-governmental organization (NGO) Together As One For Development Exchange Programs Abroad, started a program that aims to provide free weekly English sessions for all university students.
The initiative took place on March 8, 2014 at the Faculty of Sciences in Meknes. Around 300 students attended, many from the different departments of Moulay Ismail University. The participants were divided into groups based on the number of English teachers who are either graduate students or teachers with the Ministry of Education. Five groups were formed, although as the number of teachers increased, the groups did too.
This program is as extension of some of the wider aims that the Together As One organization has adopted as its core mission. This main vision is to inspire young Africans towards achievement and to support literacy and education.
This specific program will last for three consecutive months and will have an achievement test at the end to measure whether the instructional objectives have been reached. Students and teachers will receive certificates to recognize their work and spirit.
The first group of students who attended were very successful and showed a lot of promise for a more productive future within such a program. This was a mutual feeling among both teachers and learners.
“My class was really the class any teacher would love to teach; helpful, attentive, and collaborative. They [the learners] did display a good proficiency level, and they grasped all what I have provided to them… As I said, their [the students] willingness to learn helped making the session a better start for me,” wrote Youssef El Assaad, a teacher, on the group’s Facebook page.
Also, some learners expressed their gratitude and happiness about the initiation.
“Thank you for your great efforts and to the teachers and their outstanding proficiency level and way of teaching that is very close and engaging for the learners… I wish you success and best of luck,” said Hajar Ch.
Another student agreed, saying, “It was a wonderful day really and thank you for everything you did for the students.”
During the first meeting, the founders of the NGO, Fofana Ousmane Kerfala and Nabil Belmekki, along with some other members, provided instructions on what the teachers might need in their classrooms and how they can deal with any problems the newcomers might’s face. The same guidance was sustained in the second session that took place on March 15th, 2014.
Without the collaboration and integration of the many different parts, this program could not be realized and manifested. On behalf of the association, we offer a sincere expression of gratitude to the Faculty of Sciences in Meknes as well as to the Dean, who displayed patience and flexibility and had faith in the program.
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