C8 schools raise awareness and funds to support the charity, Education For All (EFA), Morocco
In October 2017, C8 schools hosted a visit from Latifa Aliza, Senior House Mother at Education For All, Morocco. This charity builds houses near secondary schools in rural communities of the High Atlas Mountains to give girls the opportunity of continuing their education beyond primary school. Secondary schools, mostly several kilometres away in larger towns, are not accessible to the girls because:
- Their parents cannot afford to pay for lodgings or transport near secondary schools
- Their parents do not have the confidence in existing facilities to entrust their daughters to be away from home.
We are fortunate enough to have the lifelong gift of education available for all in the UK. Despite the Moroccan Government’s support of education policy and women’s rights, half of the country is not literate, and in rural areas, up to 83% of women are illiterate. EFA believes that investing in girls’ education is essential, as an educated girl educates her family and whole community.
Education For All (EFA) was established to help provide the opportunity of a secondary education for girls from the High Atlas mountain region. They build and run high-quality boarding houses for girls from 12–18. Everything is provided for free - 3 nutritious meals a day, hot showers, cosy beds, access to computers, study support via an international volunteer programme and dedicated, local housemothers. The overall environment makes it easy for the girls to settle in and thrive in their studies. They see an average of 90% pass rate across all years and now have 50 EFA girls enrolled at university.
Latifa visited all of our schools and talked to our older pupils about life in rural Morocco and the lengths that children go to, to access their education. Our pupils amazed Latifa with their in depth and insightful questions about the importance of education for everyone. Children from the C8 schools made posters and cards, wrote letters and made video clips for Latifa to take back to the girls (who loved receiving them).
Staff from across the 8 schools attended a fundraising quiz evening during Latifa’s visit and a fantastic £1,200 was raised for EFA. The Charity celebrates its 10th anniversary on the 1st November 2017 with a celebration event at The Africa Centre in SE London. We feel sure that we will be maintaining links across the World between our children and young people as they enjoy their educational experiences.