Nancy Huff discusses “emphasis on education” for children repatriated from the Polisario camps
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Editorial | Republic Underground, Timberwolf Phoenix LLC
April 16, 2021
In this week’s Moroccan politics panel, Nancy Huff, founder of Teach the Children, described the “unhealthy” mindset in the Polisario camps in Algeria. She noted that, when she worked with the Moroccan region, she would always seek to know the education objectives within the camps. She stated that there was a desperate need to educate the youth, but that schools that were opened in the camps had been closed, and that schools and youth education were no longer the emphases there.
She noted that this was a serious challenge for Morocco because of the educational divide between the Kingdom and the Polisario camps in Algeria. She noted that the lack of educational resources in the Polisario camps has been a real problem and would require more emphasis. She also noted the educational divide between Morocco and the Polisario-controlled camps in Tindouf, Algeria, and encouraged additional resources towards deradicalization programming in Morocco geared towards families returning from the camps. Educational programs under the new constitution have included the teaching of the Amazigh language in primary schools, as the kingdom works to put more emphasis on all its demographics. Yet, some further emphasis on addressing the education challenge of those children returning from the Polisario may need to be addressed as the country moves toward its future, stated Nancy Huff.
Huff praised Morocco’s efforts toward eduction at the panel, and recommend additional emphasis.
“I know that the Moroccans have done a lot, but I also know that they face some challenges dealing with the issue of indoctrination of returning children”, she stated, recalling how she had met a woman from the camps who was ecstatic when she was able to enroll her children in school. In recent months, Morocco has partnered with the United States toward increasing education pathways in the nation. Morocco World News reported in September that the U.S. and Morocco had launched a partnership for teacher training.
The announced partnership was between Rabat’s Ministry of Education and the United States Agency of International Development (USAID).
Educational programs have not been limited only to international development partnerships or to skill training. Likewise, work has been done to increase cultural education for Morocco’s minorities. See Republic Underground’s interview with Laziza Dalil founder of Mimouna Association for Moroccan Jewish culture studies to learn more about inter-ethnic education programs launched by youth for youth in Moroccan universities. Collaborations in culture and education between Moroccans, Americans, American Jews, world Jews, and Jewish Moroccans have been growing in recent years. This has led to a great many friendship meetings between the different groups as together they expand on a deeper investment in cultural education which is itself an investment in diplomatic relationship building, see Morocco World News.