Fez – The American Language Center (ALC) and the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF) offer a variety of clubs and activities to serve both Moroccan and foreign students. It participates in community service, furthers the education of students, and helps teachers develop their skills.Apart from interactive classes to teach English and Arabic, the ALC strives to enhance students’ knowledge by providing extracurricular activities and entertaining educational, cultural events as well as by providing entertainment.The Center achieves its objectives through hiring the best teachers, whether they are Moroccans or native speakers of English, and exposing students to a variety of extracurricular activities that provide an anxiety-free atmosphere that helps develop intrinsic motivation. ALC Film Club: students are discussing answers which they’ve submitted on Socrative (by Jamal Morelli)As a step towards promoting competitiveness and encouraging students to learn English, the ALC gives students in public schools and universities the chance to study for free and benefit from the resources in the library and the various clubs organized by the administration.In an interview with Morocco World News, ALC Director David Amster said, “The purpose of the clubs and activities is to help Moroccan and foreign students learn about the other’s culture and to provide an opportunity to practice English and Arabic outside of class.”During an Activity of ALC Photography Club (by the club)Members of the Center can choose from various activities to suit their interests. If a student is an avid reader, the ALC Book Club, run by Mitch Virchick, is dedicated to promoting reading. Attendees enjoy reading novels and poems with a thorough discussion of themes and cultural issues and provides the opportunity to use English authentically. To encourage literacy in Moroccan students, the library can be used by all ALC students and library members, and the bookstore offers books starting at MAD 20.Film lovers can also enjoy their passion. Jamal Morelli, an innovative and energetic teacher at the Center, presents a film each Friday afternoon and enables his students to hold Skype conversations with native speakers as a pre- or post-watching activity in addition to group interaction and the pedagogical use of social media. Every Friday evening at the ALIF Riad in Batha there is a film in Darija or Arabic, which Moroccan and foreign students watch and discuss afterwards. There is also an excellent collection of 1,000 DVDs that anyone can borrow for free.During an Activity of ALC-FEZ &ALIF Cooking Club (by the club)Additionally, the administration often invites scholars from Morocco, the larger Arab world, and foreign countries to give lectures in their fields of specialization. Recently Leila Abouzeid, renowned author of Year of the Elephant, gave a fascinating lecture to ALC and ALIF students.For those who like sports, the ALC sponsors a football team (the most famous sport in Morocco). The team participates in a yearly tournament involving ALCs around Morocco.Community Service Club ALC-Fes & ALIF (by the club)To promote the spirit of volunteering, the ALC-ALIF Community Service Club, a group of Moroccan and foreign students, organizes various charitable activities for youth to participate in, such as donating blood, tutoring needy children, cleaning public spaces, and gathering clothes for the impoverished. Additionally, the Club has improved the skills of students through workshops on public speaking, leadership, and art.The ALC also provides courses for teachers to brush up and enhance their skills. Currently the Center is providing a scholarship for public school teachers to further increase their knowledge of English.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
The head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), James Morris, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) in front of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in Durban, South Africa, where all three officials are attending the launch of the African Union.“I think this partnership emphasizes the determination of the two agencies to implement their operations effectively,” Mr. Annan told reporters at the signing ceremony. “I hope and trust that the donors will also continue to support us and enhance their support in material and financial terms.”The MOU updates one originally signed in 1985 and reflects the changes in refugee programmes around the world, such as attention to the needs of refugee women and children to guarantee their protection against abuse, the two agencies said in a statement.In addition, protracted refugee programmes have led the two agencies to refocus their strategies in order to make refugees more self-sufficient by establishing income-generating activities and negotiating with host countries to incorporate refugees’ specific needs into national development plans.According to the agreement, WFP, which traditionally has procured and transported food aid for refugee caseloads over 5,000 people, will also now assume on a temporary basis responsibility from UNHCR for distributing the supplies. If the new division of labour proves more effective, the UN food agency will take over the task worldwide.