49 percent of Moroccan youth are neither in school nor the workforce (World Bank, 2013). A lack of volunteer or civic organizations, associations and clubs means that few opportunities for social participation exist. The education system is plagued with issues of access, especially in the rural areas, and there is a discrepancy in quality based on family income. Existing schools in rural areas often lack running water and sanitary bathroom facilities, which add to factors discouraging families from sending their daughters to school.
Youth - Agents of Change:
Youth play a crucial role in catalyzing the comprehensive and transformative development of the Moroccan economies and of rural and urban life. Active participation of youth in all project development phases, empowers them to create socio-economic and environmental change and develop self-reliance. HAF engages Moroccan youth through education, training, income- generating opportunities, and entrepreneurial organizational management.
HAF’s Youth Engagement
Investment in rural and urban youth through participatory development will ensure the sustainability of Moroccan development and a highly prosperous future. HAF’s Mohammadia training center at Hassan II University gives first-hand participatory and experiential training to students and civil society organizers. Sami’s Project joins with young students, teachers and communities in planting thousands of fruit trees and botanical gardens at their schools. Since 2012, HAF has planted with 67 schools throughout Morocco and has developed infrastructure for clean drinking water systems, gender segregated bathrooms, and teacher’s housing. HAF also provides tutoring and scholarships to promote continuation into high school and universities.