Dar Si Hmad for Development, Education and Culture is an independent nonprofit organization founded in 2010 promoting local culture and sustainable initiatives through education and the integration of scientific ingenuity in Southwest Morocco. We operate North Africa's largest fog harvesting project, providing villages with access to potable water. Our Water School and Girls' E-Learning Programs build capacity in the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Through our Ethnographic Field School, researchers and students engage with local communities in Agadir, Sidi Ifni, and the rural Aït Baamrane region for meaningful cross-cultural exchange.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

E-learning Project: a pilot initiative in Southwest Morocco

Dar Si Hmad launched a new project in collaboration with the Provincial Delegation of the Ministry of Education in Sidi Ifni, aiming to enhance rural students’ academic performance via Information and Communication Technology and E-learning techniques.
The pilot project targets rural students from Ait-Baamrane region in southwest Morocco and aims to help the students study for national and regional exams. These exams are mandatory for high school seniors and juniors in Morocco, and since they sum up all the lessons that have been taught during the school year, they require effort in preparation. Unfortunately, unlike students in urban areas, rural students do not have the opportunity nor the means to take extra-classes to study for the big tests. 
In this sense, we are coaching the students to manage exam-fright and give them hands-on experience through the passing of many mock exams.
The first tutoring session started on Monday May 19th and the coaching sessions address six subjects including scientific subjects such as Mathematics and philosophy then literature subjects such as Arabic, French and English.

This pilot project is the first of its kind in the region and through this first experience, we plan to generalize the experience and apply it on large scale in other rural areas.

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