Rise up rural girls in Morocco

Friday, July 30, 2021


Only 12.48% of girls in rural Morocco between 14-18 years old enrol in high school. One of the main reasons for this low rate comes from the dangers encountered on the way to school. In order to ensure the girls’ safety, the government has put in place boarding infrastructures for middle and high school girls. Unfortunately, these boarding dorms have not been renovated nor extended and today most of them do not meet the minimum sanitary conditions, are overcapacity and lack education infrastructures such as computers, libraries, internet connections.

Rotary Casa Nord is one of the most active clubs in Morocco. It has a track record in intervening in rural areas to make sure that middle school and high school girls in rural Morocco do not drop out of school. Since 2015, each year Rotary Casa Nord engages in renovating one boarding school, extending it’s capacity to tailor for all the attending students and providing the necessary schooling supplies. For more information, please look at the videos below.


-       Dar Taliba Oualidia 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p47w64HBcgU

-       Lycée Baja Ben Ahmed 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRMaKHmp2rA

-       Internat Collège Oued Eddahab Kenitra 2017 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvG6X3cUECE

-       Internat Lycée Aouda Saadia Marrakesh 2018 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ6xRkLiV5U

-       Internat Lycee Ouzoud Azilal 2019 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0Y9Dt2joGk

-       Internat collège Al Massira Tissa 2020 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLzZdQ9kloA


The objective of the Rise up project is to:

-      - Instore the necessary educational and leisure materials to help rural girls thrive in their education while at their boarding homes.

-      - Put in place a first wave of a 3 years train the trainer program whose objective is to leverage the educational and leisure materials to develop the students awareness and skills in the relevant areas such as computer skills, health awareness and self-leadership.

-     -  Empower girls and raise their awareness about local produce and healthy eating through Rotary club members half day visit/teamwork at the renovated boarding school.


Sustainability will be achieved by instoring a train the trainer program that will be implemented by the CIP Switzerland-Morocco. Rise up themes will be identified by the team and train the trainer programs will be developed and delivered by the team to local Rotaractors. The idea is to train local Rotaractors to deliver these trainings on a regular basis and for a duration of 3 years. An initial assessment of the participants will be done in relation to the themes. At the end of the 3 years a second assessment will be done to measure the impact of the program and to prepare for the second launch of the project.

By training these boarders through the Rise up program, we will achieve the training of these boarders in relation health, education  among other things which will impact not only their lives as empowered girls but also make them potential empowered mothers.

Second, the objective of sustainability will also be achieved from and environmental standpoint. The Rise up team, will organise a trip to the renovated boarding home and will have a teamworking time to plant trees and if space allows a vegetable garden to  raise the boarders’ awareness about healthy and local eating.

We estimate that around 300 girls will benefit from this project for 1 boarding school. 

Project Partners and Participating Organisations: RC Genève International; RC Casa Nord; CIP Switzerland-Morocco

For more inforamtion, please contact Nada Sayarh:  essaigh@hotmail.com