MOROCCO LIBRARY PROJECT
INSPIRING LITERACY, BUILDING FRIENDSHIP
We develop English libraries at public high schools in rural communities of Morocco. OliveSeed founder Barb Mackraz started Morocco Library Project (MLP) in January 2014, and we now manage it in OliveSeed, where it continues to grow. These libraries are primarily in Amazigh communities in desert and mountain areas, where we collaborate with teachers and students to understand the local context and curate an enjoyable collection for them. Working with after-school English clubs, we also codevelop project-based programs including creative writing and the collection of oral stories.
What began as the "Purple Library" in the town of Erfoud has blossomed into 30+ and is expanding into more, including a mobile library in the Sahara. Our mission is to help teachers inspire a love of learning and culture of reading, and to spark a passion for the positive possibilities that lie ahead for this generation. It's a privilege to work in this part of the world with teenagers who never previously had books for pleasure reading but are embracing this resource with all their heart.
FIND STUDENT BOOK REVIEWS, VIDEOS, AND STORIES ON THE MLP WEBSITE
Ferdawss Ben Malk
Student, Ibn Zohr University, Agadir
"Spreading my love of books"
Student, Sultane Moulay Slimane University
Student, Moulay Ismail University, Meknes
Mohammed El Wahabi
Writer & Global Citizen, Casablanca
"A school without a library is like a body without a soul."
~Meriem, age 16