MCC’s compact in Morocco includes an education activity that aims to improve the quality of secondary education, piloting a participatory approach to improve 90 schools across three regions of the country. MCC’s Morocco country team recently worked with Millennium Challenge Account Morocco (MCA-Morocco) to host a competition for students at the participating schools. The contest asked participants to write about the improvement project and how it is impacting their lives. Below are the winning entries.
Blog by El Hattachi Ikhlas, Student at Idris-II Middle School
As a student and member of the Leadership Council of the Idris-II Middle School in the Tangier-Asilah Province in Morocco, I was so excited to learn that my school had been one of 90 schools randomly selected by the Government of Morocco and MCA-Morocco to participate in the Attahadi pilot program funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
My school is a large one of 932 students, in a peri-urban area of Tangier with a socio-economically diverse student population. As a result, it does not currently have the resources to ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed.
MCC selecting my school for this project is such a tremendous honor, and I believe it will have a long-lasting impact on my school and community. For my school, this project means that we will finally receive much-needed infrastructure upgrades and repairs, as well as new computers and other information communication and technology equipment. In addition, students, parents, and teachers have had an opportunity to discuss our school’s situation and to develop together a three-year School Improvement Plan that we are undertaking. Our teachers and administrators will also receive training on how to make learning more student focused. For my community, this project means forming a good, conscious and educated citizen who will serve his or her country.
Despite this project only recently starting, I can already see the positive change it is having in my school and community. The number of activities and events inside the school have increased significantly which has led to more students participating in school life and various extracurricular activities. This has generated a wonderful spirit of tolerance, collaboration, and engagement among teachers and students within my school and has helped to create a more supportive and communicative atmosphere among students, teachers, and parents.
On behalf of all the students and their families at our school, I extend my sincerest thanks and gratitude to the Millennium Challenge Corporation.