A project by Lillehammer University College, Norway
The “project” started in 2009 as a private initiative to support the people in Ait Abdi in general, and the school and the school children especially. The following milestones gives an overview over how this project has developed over time: from a private initiative for support to a combination of action research and developmental support to children of Ait Abdi:
2009-2010: Earmarked private donations which resulted in:
2010 – 2013: Conducting the pilot project “Children in dreams of their future competences” in Ait Abdi:
2011-2012: Formalization of the collaboration between University of Cady Ayyad in Marrakech and Lillehammer University College in Lillehammer:
2012: The water project, school toilet and building of walls around schoolyard:
2012: Collaboration with Førde Traditional and World Music Festival, Concerts Norway and Talent 2012:
Four young Berber talents from Alhaouz were recruited and participated at the festival,and were the following year hosts for the Norwegian and Tunisian talents. All young people from the three countries had concerts together in Tahanaut, Ait Abdi and Marrakech. This initiative was taken in order to start one of our projects in Ait Abdi (see the summary of this project on the page giving an overview of our projects).
2013: Putting the agreements between University of Cady Ayyad and Lillehammer University College into practice:
2014: A general agreement on research permissions in Alhaouz was signed by the Governor of Alhaouz and the president of Cady Ayyad (on behalf of the Cady Ayyad-Lillehammer University College research hub)
2014: A crowd-funding campaign to raise money for digital pedagogical tools in the primary school of Ait Abdi.
2014: Signment of agreement between Tidoukla Association de Ait Abdi, L´espace Associatif D´Alhaouz and Lillehammer University College for research and development collaboration.
2014: The Norwegian team had a meeting with the Governor of Alhaouz, to orient him about planned fieldwork in Ait Abdi. The Governpr signed a research permission for all the specific Norwegian projec
2014: The organization Friends of Ait Abdi was formally established 29.08.2014 in Norway, and was approved and officially registered in Norwegian Brønnøysund Register Centre as a help organization 18.09.2014! Read more here!