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فدلكة لليوم الدراسي الجهوي حول موضوع

 

" الديمقراطية التشاركية و النمودج التنموي الجديد"

  نظمت الوزارة المنتدبة لدى رئيس الحكومة المكلفة بالعلاقات مع البرلمان و المجتمع المدني بشراكة مع جهة مراكش اسفي يوم دراسي جهوي حول موضوع الديمقراطية التشاركية و النمودج التنموي الجديد و دالك يومه الاربعاء 24 يناير 2018 بالمركب الاداري و الثقافي محمد السادس التابع لوزارة الاوقاف و الشؤؤون الاسلامية.

 

افتتحت الجلسة بكلمة السيد رئيس جهة مراكش اسفي تلتها كلمتي السيد الوزير المنتدب لدى رئيس الحكومة المكلفة بالعلاقات مع البرلمان و المجتمع المدني، السيد مصطفى الخلفي و السيد والي جهة مراكش.

حضر هذا اليوم الدراسي ازيد من 300 جمعية من جمعبات المجتمع المدني التابعة لجهة مراكش اسفي من اجل المشاركة  في صناعة القرار الترابي و تعزيز مشاركة المواطنات و المواطنين و جمعبات المجتمع المدني و المنظمات غير الحكومية في تدبير الشأن المحلي الدي اصبح يقترن اكثر بمشاركتهم الواسعة .

 

لقد حظيت المقتضيات الدستورية المتعلقة بالديمقراطية التشاركية باهمية قصوى في الولاية التشريعية السابقة 2012-2016 حيث تم اخراج النصوص القانونية و التنظيمية و ارساء منظومة قانونية . و في هذا الصدد تم اعتماد قوانين تنظيمية على الصعيد الوطني و على الصعيد المحلي تنص على الحق في تقديم العرائض الى السلطات العمومية القانونية و التنظيمية و ارساء منضومة قانونية معززة للمشاركة و الحق في تقديم  ملتمسات  في مجال التشريع .

 

تركزت اهداف هذا اللقاء الدراسي الجهوى على:

v    خلق دينامية محلية تشاورية بين جميع المتدخلين لتكثيف الجهود من اجل جعل اليات الديمقراطية التشاركية رافعة للنمودج التنموي الجديد.

v    تطوير دليل عمل للجمعيات داخل الهيئات التشاورية.

v    تحسين قدرات منظمات المجتمع المدني للمساهمة في التنمية المحلية.

v    تطوير  اشكال التعاون و التنسيق بين المجتمع المدني و الفاعلين في التنمية.

v    اطلاق تفكير حول المجتمع المدني و النمودج التنموي الجديد.

 

وتضمن هذا اللقاء ثلاث ورشات  تمحورت الورشة الاولى حول دور الهيئات الاستشارية و دعم الادوار التنموية للجماعات الترابية  اما الورشة الثانية فقد تمحورت حول  العريضة كالية تشاركية لصناعة القرار و النهوض  بالتنمية المحلية اما مؤسسة الاطلس الكبير فقد حضيت بالمشاركة في الورشة الثالثة  حيث عرضت لفكرة المجتمع المدني والتراقع التنموي

و ختتمت هده الوشات بمجموعة من التوصيات.

 

HAF and TVP Shine in the High Atlas Mountains

 

By Errachid Montassir

HAF Project Manager

 

A beautiful arrangement has brought together the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) and The Vacation Project (TVP), which is their shared desire to create positive changes in Morocco.  HAF, working on sustainable development using a participatory approach, seeks to establish development projects in different parts of Morocco that local communities design and manage. TVP is a program created for fulfilling acts service through providing people with the opportunity to have a definitive departure from normal-life scenarios. TVP guides volunteers to pursue voluntary work with communities around the world and experience a deffierent life, helping local people and associations achieve their goals.

HAF and TVP planned a program that combines voluntary work and personal growth. The special partnership culminated with an initiative this month, spending 4 days with a Moroccan rural community, doing voluntary work, delivering school supplies for kids, helping farmers and women in their work, and doing many workshops with them as well as with the youth.

The community is Azzaden Valley, Tizian Village, located in the Ouirgane municipality in the Al Haouz Province of the Marrakesh-Safi region.  About 60 kilometers from Marrakech to the Azzadene Valley, you will find Tizian village nestled amid of the High Atlas Mountains, between green fields of farms and walnut, almond, and apple trees, which HAF has previously contributed to in their planting. There you can also see the incredible relations among the village members as their livelihoods are improving.

The 2nd of January 2018, was our date for the visit. One day before the appointment, the 11 TVP volunteers coming from the United States and the HAF staff had a meeting in Marrakech, to put the last touches on the program before the visit.  Following that everyone was agreement about what needed to be done.

Traveling from the city to the village was a totally fantastic moment to start 2018.  But, what was even better was staying with host families, sharing the wonderful culture and exchanging beautiful memories.  This was the first time they hosted internationals, reflecting the warmth between the local people and the volunteers.   Brahim, a host family member, expressed: “ I have never experienced hosting people from another culture, living with my small family, but I’m super excited to spend these 4 days together.”

After the wonderful meeting with the host families, we spoke about next step during the first day. A field of 300 apple trees 4 kilometers from the village was looking good as a future source of income not only for the farmers, but for all the village inhabitants.  However, the trees were in need of irrigation. Here the volunteers took charge of watering the trees with the cold water coming from a source high in the mountains. Ideas about organic agriculture and organic local products were shared. Organic agriculture has been one of the High Atlas Foundation principle activities since 2003, and the HAF is working on organic products with more than 22 provinces in Morocco, including organic certification (and carbon credit certification).

TVP and HAF did not plan only to do voluntary work during the day, but there was also an important chance to organize workshops with the community during the night.  This HAF does before (and during) every project--meeting with the communities using the participatory approach with them, to figure out their challenges and needs, by having them coming up with their priorities and design their future initiatives.

The first TVP and HAF workshop with the community was with the farmers and the local association members. Wonderfully, everyone introduced themselves in Arabic - even the TVP volunteers.  Four mixed groups including the volunteers and the inhabitants, all together produced a community map of the village and shared ideas, and the community members brought up the needs of the village.

The village inhabitants, who voted on their priorities, produced three priorities:

1- A center for the local association

2- Hospital and sewage system

3- A women’s apple vinegar cooperative and agricultural basin

It is interesting that, the village men do not only think about their needs, but they included the village women’s priorities as well.  There were tears after the barriers broke down between the community and the international volunteers.

Our stay in Tizian community provided a great chance to meet the kids as well, and make beautiful smiles coming from their hearts. We went to a primary school shared by four villages in the morning with, two objectives: 1) to meet the children and do a workshop with them about the environment, and 2) to deliver school supplies (backpacks, soccer balls, winter hats, pens and other nice gifts). This was a collaboration between TVP and HAF's Sami's Project, which is a HAF initiative that strives to achieve the goals of sustainable development through schools. Sami’s Project seeks to understand people’s sense of their environment and the importance of protecting it, and to spread the culture of planting among students in rural areas.

The students and teachers were so happy to have that good morning with us, as well as we were extremely excited to spend fruitful half day with them. We did many activities with the kids; for instance, having them draw their future school, which is a participatory method to figure out the needs of the school.  The first priority was a bathroom, and the TVP volunteers are so happy to help with the schools infrastructure in the future.

Before the women’s workshop, the volunteers had time to build new terraces in an apple field, which was really hard work, but well done. Following that farmers will be able to plant more trees.

The workshop with the village women was another emotional moment.  The women as usual showed us the real Moroccan hospitality, bringing to us natural food and local bread with beautiful smiles.  They gathered to talk about their needs and to also make their voices heard in the community.

It was a moment, while the groups were drawing their community map, that one of the women drew a green heart on the paper.  We all asked her what is the reason behind that? "This is the current relationship between us and you.  I feel great to sit with you all, talking about different subjects, and even we don't speak the same language.  We appreciate your visit to us a lot, and totally welcome you anytime" said Lalla Aicha.

The women’s priorities were:

1-         Women apple vinegar cooperative

2-         Sewage system

3-         Hammam (Public shower)

The women’s workshop ended up with a strong relationship between the volunteers and the village women, helping to ensure that they will meet again and to contribute to achieving their goals.

After we built trust with the community and the TVP volunteers, it was, unfortunately, time to say goodbye to the host families. Luckily, we all came back with a very strong relation with everyone in the community, and we are seeking to come back with the solutions to the problems discussed. Information gathered through the workshops will help to build proposals for many projects by the High Atlas Foundation, as it already started growing a nursery of multiple fruit trees. These trees will not be only providing free organic fruit trees for Ouirgane municipality but it will provide them for more than 22 provinces in Morocco.

HAF and TVP visit to the Tizian village in the High Atlas Mountains has played a significant role in building another strong link with our communities in Morooco.

 

Planting trees changes life

By Amina El Hajjami

Project manager

 It is amazing when people work in sustainable development with the aim of helping humanity in the present, as well as thinking about the well-being of future generations. What makes the work of Sami’s Project so great is knowing that this initiative will help you after death as the prophet Mohamed (ﷺ) said: "If any of you have a sapling on the doomsday he should plant it - if possible."

Planting trees for the last five years with the High Atlas Foundation has been a wonderful experience for me. The first time I planted trees in schools was when I volunteered with the HAF in January 2013. That year I planted trees with the students, teachers and an association at the Imgdal School in a small village in the High Atlas Mountains.  Now I have completed 5 years of tree planting with schools in many villages and communes throughout Morocco.  After this year, I have participated in planting at more than 100 schools in total. 

   The HAF team and I celebrated the first day of planting trees this year on January 15th. The day was rainy, which suggests a good agricultural season for Morocco. I spent the day at 2 schools in the Tahanout Commune of Al Haouz Province, 35 km from Marrakech, and another school in the Ourika Commune in Al Haouz Province, also 35 km from Marrakech. I was accompanied by Si Abdelghani, Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Coordinator; Karam, a volunteer with HAF; Claire, a volunteer from the United States; and Majda, a student at Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech.

In the beginning of the day, we met with Si Abdelmjid from the Delegation of Education in Al Haouz province and began our day of planting at Al Kayrawan School in Tahanaout Commune at noon, after the students completed their exam. In order to ensure the comfort for the students, we just planted trees with the director of the school, the teachers, school guard and the volunteer that is helping the students in school. I was surprised when I saw the olive trees and sour orange trees that HAF planted in 2010, and I was happy to hear that the olive trees born fruit this year. This inspired me and gave me the energy to continue to participate in the day of planting for years to come, Incha Allah.

After we completed planting at the first school, we then traveled to Ibn Habous school not far from the first, and we found that the students and the director had already prepared holes for the trees to be planted. I began by introducing the HAF project, our activities through Sami's Project, and the importance of planting trees. The students were happy planting, and we invited the girls to participate in planting almond and pomegranate trees as well.

I would like to share with you a moment that I still feel deeply in my heart. I feel that I will never forget when in the third school, Abdelaziz Ben Driss in Ourika commune, we met a group of boys as the students gathered in the door of the school once they finished the exams. We went with them to the place where we wanted to plant trees and during this time I asked the students about how the exam had passed, and they said: "The exam was good and we are wishing the results will be good Incha Allah".  When we arrived at the place where we would plant, I introduced the students to HAF, and I told them that the almond trees were from the nursery in Ourika that is managed by HAF in partnership with the women of Aboghlou Cooperative. I asked the students if they knew this cooperative, and they said yes. In the group, I discovered that one of the students’ mothers was one of the women in the cooperative and that she had died. Now her son is planting with other students the same trees that his mother had planted seeds for with three of the women of Aboghlou cooperative.

For the last 5 years, I have had the opportunity to plant trees with the HAF team every year during January, February, and March. During these years of planting, I have learned that for me, happiness does not come just from receiving something, but that being happy is when you give your time, your energy, and your help to other people. The best feeling is when you see the results of your work.

 

 

 

Trees and a Beautiful Surprise in Rhamna

 

By Erracihd Montassir, Sami's Project Manager 

 

This morning we planted with schoolchildren in Rhamna.  I had a great day with the kids and there will some surprises.

 HAF’s Sami’s Project still celebrating the Big Event of the 15th January with schoolchildren.  After we planted in many provinces already, our direction was to Rhamna province this morning, making other green touches with the kids, by planting hundreds of almond and pomegranate trees, which are definitely a future source of income for the schools.
 
In our action this morning was a moment when I was delivering each tree to every two children as a small project for them.  They can take care of the tree until it gives fruit.  It happened that I met with my nephew by accident! He is studying in one of the schools that we planted in. He was extremely happy to see me and plant trees together in his school, which was a really emotional moment for me. 

Planting and growing trees with schoolchildren and farmers in Youssoufia

By Fatima Zahra Laaribi

Office Manager and Women Empowerment Facilitator

 

 

The third Monday of January – this year on the 15th- is a day in which the High Atlas Foundation (HAF) held a special day of national tree planting across Morocco.  This has become an annual event since 2014, the year that HAF planted its millionth tree.

 This is the second year that HAF has planted in the mining town of Youssoufia, where we reached new places this year.

HAF’s new director, Larbi Didouqen, Fatima Zahra Laaribi (HAF’s women empowerment trainer), and Darsen Hover (HAF volunteer from New York) traveled together to plant in four schools as well as with some farmers.  Throughout the day we were joined by four volunteers from the OCP Group, as part of their program, “Act 4 Community Service”.

 We started our journey with rain, which is traditionally viewed by many cultures as a positive omen; Mr. Larbi and I considered it good luck for this planting season, especially because Morocco has been experienced a very long period of drought.

 Throughout the day, HAF and its local partners, the Amal Elghade Association for Rural Woman and Children, Binaa Association for Sustainable Development, and of course the directors of the four schools, planted in two rural communes (Gantour and Sbiaat) in the province of Youssoufia.  We planted in Abdelaziz ben Chakroun and Faouariaa primary schools, and Omar Alkhayam and Al Banae middle schools, in addition to two villages called Chhidat and Ait Oulad Taleb.

 HAF hand delivered 400 olive trees, 210 pomegranate, 900 almonds, and 70 carob trees, as well as 8 palm trees for the schoolyards and for the farmers to plant in their own orchards.

 

As he always does, before beginning the planting process, HAF’s director with the background in Agricultural Engineering, demonstrated the proper techniques for planting trees as part of raising awareness about planting.

 

 

Throughout the day, OCP volunteers and presidents of associations showed a great eagerness and energy, and participated actively.  At the moment of planting, OCP Volunteers expressed that this was the first time they had picked up the shovels to plant trees. Then we were invited by the directors of the schools to make a short visit to schoolyards where we had planted last year. We were very impressed that nearly all of the tiny saplings that we planted last year had grown beautifully and gave fruit, especially the fig trees.  This assured us that students, teachers and headmasters gave great care to these trees.

Even though the planting process coincided with the period of exams and just a very few students took part, teachers, and directors showed appreciation, joy and happiness with the hope that we will continue to pursue this great environmental initiative with students.

The day ended with two farmers who received their trees with gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of rural Moroccan communities. I look forward returning to Youssoufia to see the continued prosperity of the trees.

 

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