A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Meryam, a student at the Dar Taliba boarding house for girls. Today we would like you to meet Jamila, Dar Taliba director and a true environmental role model!
Jamila was once a Dar Taliba student herself, sent to the boarding house because she had no access to a secondary school at her village in the Ourika Valley. Through Dar Taliba, she was able to pursue her education and go to university. She then returned to Dar Taliba as its director, and now guides young Amazigh girls like herself through their early education years. We started working with Jamila in 2015 when we developed an ethnobotanical garden on the Dar Taliba grounds. Today, we are organising weekly permaculture trainings in which Jamila is actively involved.
“The garden trainings are important to me and our students because they help us better understand the nature around us”,she says. Traditional plant knowledge and horticultural practice are an important part of wellbeing in Amazigh communities of the High Atlas. However, when children go to public schools for further education, they lose opportunities to learn about agriculture, gardens and wild plant use. “The time we spend in the garden is creating more awareness amongst the girls about traditional plant knowledge such as the cultivation of aromatic and medicinal plants, and their different uses,” she adds.
The school gardens project at Dar Taliba is not only providing a healthy outdoor activity for the students, it is also encouraging them to share the knowledge they gather during the trainings with their families. “I hope we will be able to continue these trainings in order to support and educate an even larger number of girls from different villages in the region”, Jamila says. You can read more about Jamila here.
This holiday season, we hope you consider donating to benefit 700 Moroccan girls through school gardens to support Jamila and her students. We are $5,220 away from reaching our goal to provide plants and seeds for the garden and ensure an ongoing training programme! To help us achieve this, GlobalGiving will 100% match all new recurring donations (up to $200) started during its Year-End campaign!