Over the last few years REEP has run a Growing Gardeners project in Marrakesh, based in a Soroptimist-founded boarding house providing access to education for girls from rural areas. REEP has been helping the girls to learn gardening skills and basic English as we work with them to green their grounds, ourselves learning about gardening in a harsh climate. Six groups of volunteer gardeners from Britain, Spain and Morocco have worked with the girls to develop a vegetable garden, a recreational space and a plant nursery area. In true REEP style, our gardeners always include lots of art and craft activities in their sessions – another great way to engage with the girls.
This year, REEP is delighted to extend the project to two rural schools near Ouzarzate. Whilst Covid-19 continues to disrupt international travel, we are supporting the students’ learning from a distance by providing resources and materials to teach English Through Gardening, whilst looking forward to 2022 when we can bring teams of volunteers together to help develop a permaculture garden and plant library.