Rabat - A Moroccan woman is working tirelessly to provide children in deprived schools with a chance at a better education.
Rabat – A Moroccan woman is working tirelessly to provide children in deprived schools with a chance at a better education.
Fatima Khouchoua is the founder of Giving Chances, a charity that provides the young students of Morocco with books and other educational resources so that they can reach their full learning potentials.
Khouchoua, a grassroots activist, first began her work with Moroccan schools five years ago. Motivated by her desire to give something back as well as a love for her country, she organized a teaching curriculum for a group of students at a school in Marrakesh. The success of her first program was overwhelming. Khouchoua decided to continue her work in other locations so she founded Giving Chances.
Khouchoua raised funds and developed hands-on curriculums to bring to schools. So far, Giving Chances has equipped ten different schools with libraries, books, school supplies, and literacy resources, touching over 2000 children. “Our vision is to be able to reach as many schools as we can in the most remote and deprived areas of the country,” says Khouchoua.
Giving Chances differs from the traditional teaching techniques in Moroccan schools, which primarily utilize auditory methods. However, Khouchoua argues that the best way to teach is through a balance of visual and creative learning styles. “Our work for these children is a once in a lifetime experience,” says Khouchoua.
Besides teaching, Giving Chances also supplies important tools for learning such as small libraries in order to promote habits of reading. But not only does Giving Chances provide books; it also provides a new meaning to education for children. By promoting different learning styles, Khouchoua hopes to provide friendly, stimulating environments for children so that they can develop confidence in their abilities to learn.
Khouchoa has been recognized several times for her achievements in Moroccan communities. She has received the Women4Africa Humanitarian of the Year award in 2014, the Pride of Morocco Award, and the British Community Honours Award.
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