Thanks to you, we have come a long way since we started in September 2016. Dar Moustaqbel has become a safe haven to girls from the southern Atlas Mountains in Morocco. A place where disadvantaged girls can prosper while pursuing higher education. A rock for those that need it most.
Dar Moustaqbel serves girls the building blocks they need for a successful integration in the workforce. Due to the problems state schools are facing, the girls often lack basic knowledge they need for a successful entry in higher education. Dar Moustaqbel does its utmost best to help the girls catch up. Education, discipline and personal development have been and will remain at the center of attention.
After a trial year spent with ten girls in an apartment while our home was being renovated, we finally moved into our house in the medina of Marrakech with 26 girls in September 2017. This academic year, 2018/2019, a total of 42 girls are living in Dar Moustaqbel. We have gone from 10 to 26 to 42 students at Dar Moustaqbel. And we keep growing. Next year we plan accommodating 55 students, our maximum capacity.
It is Dar Moustaqbel’s modest contribution in a country with a flawed education system. This year a total of 288 hours of French lessons have been taught in-house at Dar Moustaqbel, not to mention 96 hours of English. All in our study hall, that has been kept busy seven evenings a week. Apart from language classes, our students are provided with tutors teaching subjects as statistics and bookkeeping. Our activities program features a computer skills course, yoga, cycling, encounters with ground-breaking scientists and inspiring mentors, and a program on entrepreneurship of opportunities.
Our house rules reflect the importance of rigor and good habits. The use of mobile phones, for example, is restricted. We have found that this is the best basis for our students. We ask a lot from them, because we believe in their capacities.