Education reforms: “Spirit of Pluralism”
A new legal framework for education reform in Morocco was approved on August 20 after a meeting of the council of ministers, chaired by King Mohammed VI. It is part of a strategic plan for development in Morocco between 2015-2030.
This document mentions the need to revise curriculum and pedagogic methods in order to facilitate “the development of intelligence and critical thinking” in children that will in turn foster “a spirit of pluralism.”
The tone of this document marks a definite departure from prevailing pedagogic practices in public institutions that value rote learning within a Islam-centric framework.
How may these proposed reforms intersect with God’s transformative work in Morocco in the next 12+ years?
Pray that the execution of these reforms will pave the way for God’s Word and ways to enter into all domains of Moroccan society.
Pray for a movement of God’s spirit among ministers, educators, curriculum writers, and the up-and-coming generation of young teachers in Morocco. We ask the Lord to do what “only He could do” in the field of education in Morocco.
“Police in Morocco have arrested 12 young men over allegations by a 17-year-old woman [named Khadija] that she was brutally raped and tortured over a two-month period. The case caused outrage in Morocco and led to an online campaign to bring those responsible to justice.” (Quoted from a BBC news article published on August 28th, 2018)
Ask the Holy Spirit to sensitize our hearts so that we can respond to this not merely as a piece of shocking news, but as the story of a young woman who is at this moment in desperate need of restoration and healing in her body, mind and spirit. What would Jesus say to Khadija? Pray His words over her.
Pray also for the young perpetrators of this heinous crime: may they be blessed with the capacity to truly repent. May they become transformed and set free in the Name of Jesus.
For the activists and legal professionals involved in this case: may they encounter the heart of our Father, who is the source of all that is good and just.
“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:3-4
No “back-to-school” for most
Many teenagers in Morocco will not be returning to school this year.
According to a recent article on the US Aid website, only 53% of Moroccan middle schoolers continue on to high school, and the estimated high school graduation rate of Moroccan first graders is a meager 15%.
Many middle/high school drop-outs become what is known in the colloquial as “galsa” (female) or “galis” (male) – literally translated as “the one who is sitting.” For girls, the word “galsa” connotes “waiting for marriage” while helping with housework at home. For boys, it means “unemployment.”
Ask the Holy Spirit to direct your prayers to one or more specific young men and women who are currently feeling lost and anxious about the future.
- Declare Father’s goodness and light over them.
- Proclaim the breakthrough power of Jesus’ name over every situation.
- Cover them with the love and blessings of the Kingdom of God.
- May supernatural Hope mark this generation of Moroccan youth!
A week before the Feast
Eid El Adha (a.k.a. Eid El K’bir) – the Feast of the Sacrifice will take place next week.
The sociocultural significance of this feast day precedes its spiritual weight; at least as it is generally practiced by most Moroccans today. The “Eid” is a time of strengthening familial bonds and enacting a tradition that reinforces the roots that hold a community together. It is more about celebrating a shared identity as Muslims (first) and Moroccans (second).
As the blood of the sacrificed animals streams down roofs and lanes, there is almost a sense of relief for having perpetuated a tradition, more so than a remembrance of God providing a sacrifice for Abraham. Cultural pressure often cloud over spiritual anticipation as folks prepare for the celebrations – not unlike Christmas in the West!
All of the above is stated in very broad terms, and by no means apply to all Moroccos; but it gives an idea of how to pray the Living Word of God over this significant religious holiday .
Let us raise up a resounding call over Morocco and Moroccans worldwide – “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!”
May this declaration cover the land like a canopy,
and may it do a work at the root level; cutting off lies and shaking up complacency.
May the Spirit of God that testify to Jesus envelop Morocco this week and beyond.
“[regarding Abraham] No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20
Pray for Moroccan followers of Jesus who, like Abraham, have been waiting on the Lord for a long time for promises to be fulfilled.
May they be blessed with strength to remain firm in faith, and may they become more and more convinced of God’s goodness and power as they wait.
For those who have wavered, pray for grace to wash over them. May they know Father’s beckoning voice, calling them Home again.
Stewards of the land
This headline from a news article published on July 20 says it all: “Morocco’s litter-strewn beaches kick up a stink”
Morocco is blessed with great natural beauty that is celebrated and enjoyed by many. However, eco-friendly practices are not yet widespread.
Praise God for many good beginnings in improving public cleanliness and care for the environment. May all those involved be encouraged in their endeavours.
Pray for the beaches, mountains, fields, and deserts of Morocco to be cared for as God’s glorious and precious creation. May the growing church play a part in advocating for creation care.
As eyes and hearts become open to God’s truth, may they also become in awe of God’s beauty. May this bring about new vision and momentum for creation care.
Ripples of unrest in the Rif region
A Reuters news article from July 15 states:
“… Carrying pictures of the detained activists and waving Berber blue, green, yellow and red flags, demonstrators chanted ‘Freedom, dignity and social justice.’ ‘Long live the Rif,’ [*northern Berber region of Morocco] and ‘The people want immediate release of Rif detainees.’ In June, a court in Casablanca sentenced 39 people, including protest leader Nasser Zefzafi, to terms of up to 20 years in jail in connection with a protest movement that shook Morocco in late 2016 and early 2017. The protests erupted after a fishmonger was crushed inside a rubbish truck while trying to recover fish confiscated by police in the northern city of Al-Hoceima in October 2016. Detainees and their families had called for Sunday’s march, which brought together Berber (Amazigh) groups, leftist opposition parties, human rights groups and the banned Islamist movement Al-Adl wal-Ihsan…” (Link to full article)
Pray for the presence and power of Jesus to bring about Kingdom breakthrough in the midst of political turmoil.
In the victorious name of Jesus, may the doors towards positive change and justice be opened. May the doors towards oppression and destructive change be closed.
Declare this truth from Jesus’ heart over the Rif: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“Forgive our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Pray for the light and love of Christ to dig deep wells of forgiveness in the hearts of Moroccans, especially Moroccan believers. By the power of Jesus, may relationships be restored, and unity be strengthened.
Let’s pray for Father to release fresh endurance, childlike confidence and tenacious joy over the Body of Christ in Morocco! Sing/dance/march along to this song as you feel led.
After Ramadan, exams
While baccalaureate exams took place before Ramadan, many middle school, high school and university students will be sitting exams this week.
- May the Lord release wisdom, confidence, peace and great hope over these young ones.
- May many of these students encounter Jesus supernaturally as they cry out to God for help. May pressures and stresses lift as they experience God’s presence.
- Pray especially for students who will be preparing for exams under difficult conditions at home – ask Father to pour out grace and strength for the children and youth who have no access to quiet study spaces, who are burdened with household responsibilities, or who are surrounded by negativity and discouragement.
- Pray for those who are seeking God for success and a good future to receive a personal response from our Good Father.