WISE Learners Visit Award-Winning Project in Morocco
Mar 26, 2012
WISE Learners’ Voice students, Adel M.Saad Adem and Mohammed Al-Jaberi, are currently visiting School-Business Partnerships, a 2011 WISE Awards winning project in Morocco.
Learners’ Voice is a year-round program that has the objective of inspiring and empowering young people to become active change-makers in the field of education.
Structured around building a consistent advocacy track, this year’s Learners’ Voice Program will allow the 2011 Learners to collaboratively develop the relevant approach and knowledge on the chosen theme “Increasing Access to Education through Innovation”.
In 2012, WISE Learners have been attending major international events including the eLearning Africa conference in Benin, the Technology in Higher Education (THE) Conference in Qatar, the India Youth Forum and the World Literacy Summit in the UK. They have been interviewing personalities, networking with other learners and experts from the education world and attending sessions to grasp a deep understanding of the challenges facing education. Learners are also due to visit two other WISE Awards winning projects this summer to conduct on-the-ground research.
First Stop: Casablanca, Morocco
In Morocco, School-Business Partnerships involves the business sector in schools in order to improve the quality of education. Businesses agree to participate in School Support Committees and to finance improvements while schools agree to be open to new ideas. The project uses the means, expertise and tools from the corporate world to improve school management and education through a school adoption scheme. In each adopted school the School Support Committee involves a business leader, administrators, teachers, students, and parents. The efforts of School-Business Partnerships have already improved the quality of education and school facilities for 150,000 students in 300 schools.
WISE Learners Adel and Mohammed meet Mr. Andaloussi, the project holder, several students who have created junior companies, as well as representatives of private companies that have adopted schools in the country. They will also visit urban and rural primary schools that have been supported by the program, as well as non-adopted schools, in order to compare and measure the impact of the program."
This visit will give the Learners a real understanding of what it takes to make pioneering educational projects work.