“Dar” means “house” and “Dar Moustaqbel” means ‘house of the future’ in Darija (moroccan arabic). Dar Moustaqbel is a HOME to Berber student girls from the remote villages in the High Atlas mountains in Southern Morocco. For these girls to study at the university or another form of higher education is not easy. According to local customs, they are expected to simply stay in their villages, marry and become mothers.
“A girl with an education can shape her own destiny, lift up her family and transform her community.” – Let Girls Learn by Michelle Obama.
Dar Moustaqbel offers a safe haven for the brave girls who want to follow a different path. Living here enables them to fully focus on their studies.
Instead of the village life of marriage and motherhood, they choose to use their talents to study, graduate and get a good job. This way they build another future for themselves and their families. Initially, Dar Moustaqbel will accommodate students in their first four years, up until their bachelor degree.
Dar Moustaqbel has room for 50 girls who will live here under the supervision of two house mothers, who help, encourage and support the girls wherever they may need it. The mothers speak Arab, Berber and French. There are house regulations that make life easier for everyone in the house. The girls take turns cooking, cleaning and washing for all.
WHO & WHY
Dar Moustaqbel has been set up by Hanneke Ouwehand-Van Hooff. Before embarking on this adventure, in her free time she worked as a volunteer at three different boarding houses run by the Education for All Morocco foundation. EFAM has five boarding houses in rural mountain areas for girls who are in high school.
In rural Morocco, where schools are few and far between, it is the girls who generally have to stay at home. It is the boys in the family who attend school. The five Education for All houses are all located near good schools so that the girls who live there can go to school every day. With great results over the last ten years: all girls are highly motivated, work hard and get excellent grades in school.
Even so, the step to move on to higher education in the city after six years of Baccalaureat, is hard. University and colleges are in Marrakech, another world, both in a cultural sense and in day to day life.
Dar Moustaqbel can help. Living here, these Berber girls can study, develop their talents and work towards a different future for themselves ánd their families.