Behind a green door in the medina of Marrakech, fifty-five girls live together in a student residence, while pursuing further education at the institute of their choice.
Dar Moustaqbel is a social impact student housing project. Living here enables young disadvantaged girls to fully focus on their studies. Our study hall is occupied seven days and evenings a week. Hundreds of hours of in-house French and English classes every year.
Besides professional language education, we offer tutors for subjects as statistics and bookkeeping, a computer skills course, weekly yoga classes, cycling, and inspiring encounters with scientists, entrepreneurs, teachers and students. Due to the corona crisis, Dar Moustaqbel has noticed the enormous positive effects on exam results of offering students extra lessons in the branch of their choice. In future years we will be therefore extending these efforts.
Our house rules reflect the importance of rigor and good habits. The use of mobile phones, for example, is restricted. Students take turns cooking, cleaning and washing for all, creating responsibility and training practical skills while maximising the time each of them spends on their education.
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Dar Moustaqbel Issil
Strategically located in between several university faculties, our Masterhouse is the logical sequel to Dar Moustaqbel in the old medina of Marrakech. Twenty-five advanced students following a master or doing an internship after having obtained their diploma, live here in relative autonomy. Some are in search of an internship or their first real job.
They sleep, eat, study and participate in in-house lessons and activities. The activities program for these students is adapted to their situation, with for example a course named “Finding a job is a job” and advanced language lessons with a focus on professional language use.
Goal of our Masterhouse Dar Moustaqbel Issil is providing our students with the possibility to continue their educational career or search for a job or an internship after having obtained a diploma in further education. Why? Because many students risk returning to their home villages without the chance of finding a job, simply because they cannot afford staying in the city.
The selection process is very strict. Only students with a good plan and a track record that proves their commitment to their careers, in addition to a weak financial position, are selected. That may be a student with a BA that has all the capacities needed to obtain a master diploma, a former student that is preparing to pass a state exam to become a tenured high school teacher or successful former students who want to strengthen their starting position on the job market by doing a longer internship.
Every highly educated rural girl inspires and educates a whole village.
Moustaqbel strives to give disadvantaged girls from rural areas an equal opportunity for education by providing them with a safe home that fosters education and the environment they need to thrive.
Moustaqbel offers girls a warm home, professional support and many in-house educational programs with languages, maths, soft skills and internships to fill the void left by the state education system.
What has been accomplished
Growing while learning, Dar Moustaqbel has emerged as a special home with a solid culture of solidarity and curiosity. After having lived in a rented place for one year with ten girls (2016-2017), a group of 26 girls moved into Dar Moustaqbel in September 2017. A year later, in 2018-2019 we had 42 girls on board, and we reached our maximum capacity of 55 girls in September 2019.
Now, a carefully selected group of 55 students has built a home in Dar Moustaqbel. Our superintendent, restauration assistant, educational officers, and our house manager form a strong team, working together closely, with each member supporting the students in their own capacity. We offer quality education to disadvantaged students, creating opportunities to catch up and develop important skills, and visibly improve chances on the job market.
Recently an evaluation of the level of satisfaction and the (impression of) development of our students has been conducted by sociologist Béatrice Lecestre-Rollier from the University of Paris. “All students express an enormous satisfaction with their home each of them believes firmly that their skills have improved greatly thanks to Dar Moustaqbel.”
How it all started...
The Moustaqbel Foundation was founded by Hanneke Ouwehand-Van Hooff in 2016. Beforehand she had volunteered in three different EFAM (Education For All Morocco) boarding houses, for female high school pupils in the High Atlas mountains. There she saw the need from up close: “These girls would not be in school without these boardinghouses”.
This experience inspired her to think about what these girls could accomplish if they were given the chance to pursue further education. With the opportunity to live in Dar Moustaqbel they can now fully focus on their studies and future professional lives.
Chief of mission
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