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.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Oasis School -- Second Module

Module 2: Seed Evolution & Fungus

The Oasis School team is continuing to deliver innovative permaculture lessons to our youth
beneficiaries in Ait Baamrane. This session, our beneficiaries were introduced to the second
module: Seed Evolution and Fungi. The module was both informative and fun, including movie
projections, student presentations, and arts and crafts.

The module was divided into two sessions, the first one entitled “Waste Management,” introduced
different types of waste and explored recycling options for plastic and paper through presentations
and a video on the importance of waste management. Students also participated in an art project,
where they compared a natural world to a polluted world. Moreover, they learned about how to
reuse waste materials found at the river nearby, improving the environment by making a regular
change to their daily life.

In the second session, “Seed Germination,” the students learned how a seed grows into a young
plant, called germination. They also tasted germinated lentil seeds and had a comprehension lesson
on what makes the best germination conditions (water, warmth, and oxygen). At the end of the
session, the beneficiaries conducted a ‘Seed Germination Experiment’ where they witnessed the
evolution of seeds and had the chance to use microscopes.

The Oasis School curriculum gives beneficiaries the chance to learn core permaculture techniques
that will help them in the future, and for generations to come, as well as protecting and preserving
the natural resources in the region of Ait Baamrane.

As always, thank you to the U.S. State Department for their generous grant which allowed us to
fund this program.

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