Highlights of our Education Programs:
RISE, THRIVE, & The Environmental Youth Ambassadors (EYAs)
The class of 2015-2016 was comprised of 173 students and vocational trainees whose lives were transformed through a variety of learning and experiential opportunities at Dar Si Hmad
Traditionally, the transmission of knowledge and skills has been at the heart of human survival, prosperity, and growth. It is the “secret” to sustainability and adaptation.
Successive generations inherit, enrich, and transform knowledge as as a legacy to the next generation in a cycle of perpetual renewal. This immense accumulated body of knowledge is the world’s wealth. But today our modern world operates differently than those traditional structures; our knowledge is formalized and passed on by schools and institutions. Access to this knowledge remains, in many ways, limited.
Despite these hurdles, young people are thirsty for knowledge and seek to strengthen their skills, not only to prepare for the workforce, but because they want fulfillment, as they themselves have often told us. Dar Si Hmad’s mission is educational, and it has designed its initiatives with dedication and passion.
RISE and THRIVE Programs
Since 2013, Dar Si Hmad has offered an annual training program for Moroccan students in Agadir. Each program is unique and varies in length, but all programs include workshops, lectures, and professional development activities. Past programs have focuses on citizen journalism, green social initiatives, web development, and public speaking. The goal of RISE & THRIVE to increase knowledge and skills in young adults that can then be passed down to make generational change.
Dar Si Hmad is also a very proud participant of the Let Girls Learn campaign, initiated by First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Some of our RISE program trainees were invited to the White House to tell the story of their education.
RISE & THRIVE in numbers: moving forward and flourishing
Environmental Youth Ambassadors — EYAs
Following a competitive selection process, seven “Young Ambassadors for the Environment” were selected from the 2015-2016 RISE class. The ambassadors were selected based on their leadership skills and demonstrated commitment to justice, fairness, and the environment. The EYAs raise awareness of environmental degradation and promote environmental stewardship through social networks and original audiovisual content. This first class of EYAs participated at the COP22 in Marrakech.