year at this time, the AASA International Seminar takes superintendents and
other interested parties to other parts of the world. The intent is to learn
about the educational systems and cultures in the places we visit. These trips
never fail to make an impression on the participants.
This year’s trip to Morocco is no exception. It’s an hour bus ride through arid, desolate land to our first school visit to a tribal school in the remote hills outside of Marrakech. A brown landscape is sprinkled with the occasional green of scrub vegetation.
We learn from our guide that the school is very excited about our visit and that they have been preparing for it for days. This will not be a typical school visit. We are in a remote area that is home to one of the many isolated tribes that have occupied the territory for hundreds of years.
year, the AASA International Seminar takes us to Morocco. The education system
here provides free schooling that includes six years of a primary education,
three years of middle and intermediate schooling and three years of secondary.
School attendance is compulsory up to the age of 13. The system focuses on
erasing illiteracy and the languages of instruction are Arabic and French.
Pre-primary programs are also available to children of ages 4-6.
This year’s Delegation includes 22 participants. AASA President Deb Kerr and AASA President-elect Kristi Sandvik are part of the group along with three AASA Past-Presidents. Our first school visit was to the Ecole Lhadchat, a tribal school outside the city of Merrakech. It is a school of 110 students at the primary level. The school operates a daily split session with half of them attending in the morning and the other half in the afternoon.
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