Jorf is a very little city not far from Erfoud, one of those typical villages where the buildings are pink and yellow and where you meet more donkeys than humans in the streets.

In the main square there is the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah elementary school that we were invited to visit a month ago. Let me just tell you this: it´s heartbreaking.

The building is old and destroyed: we thought it was an abandoned school and that they were showing it to us to explain how they were going to rebuilt it. Well, no.

400 children come here everyday. They sit on those tiny and broken chairs, they walk between dirt and rubble to get to class and they breath dust learning how to write and count.

We later found out that we were invited there because some local authority wanted to show us that in that school they wanted to build a jardin á potager and introduce some animals to teach children how to deal with agriculture.

It´s a good plan, of course. But maybe, isn´t it better to allow those children to learn in a good, safe and clean environment and, after that, introduce them to agriculture, animals etc? 

Jorf, Morocco 2015
Jorf, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Jorf, Morocco 2015
Jorf, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Jorf, Morocco 2015
Jorf, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Jorf, Morocco 2015
Jorf, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Jorf, Morocco 2015
Jorf, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Jorf, Morocco 2015
Jorf, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa

6 thoughts on “The heartbreaking visit to a Moroccan elementary school

  1. I think they should do both, introduce them to agricolture and animals AND clean the environment. The important point: there IS a school, a school for everybody (I hope), and there are teachers for the children, GOOD teachers….

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  2. I know what you mean, Ari. But I saw children “at school” (in Asia, in Africa) sitting in the dust, under a tree, without chairs, tables etc., and they were really happy to learn the alphabet (and many others things:). It’ so very important to HAVE a school, especially for girls….

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    1. Of course, of course! But it doesn´t mean that, if they have the money to create a garden, they can´t do some little improvements. Taking away all the rubble, for example, could be a little improvement and it could be free. But of course I agree with you

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