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“Douars en vie” in Seraghna: inauguration of the Kid’s Zone, early learning and sports area for young people

Written by FDM

As part of the “Douars en vie” pilot project, a program focused on the economic and social development of rural areas, the NGO MekkiL ‘and the Decathlon Foundation have decided to combine their know-how and expertise for the benefit of vulnerable populations.

The aim of this initiative is thus to promote access to sport for rural youth, a factor of dynamism, an element of identity, a social vector that generates human values. By strengthening the basic skills of young people in the face of risks, sport offers a better understanding of the hardships of daily life and prevents antisocial and dangerous behavior. They become agents of change in these often fragile environments.

Douar Seraghna, located in the Municipality of Tassoultante (Marrakech), is thus the first village to benefit from this initiative, starting with a donation of around fifty bicycles for the benefit of middle and high school students. The aim is to fight against dropping out of school while encouraging physical exercise.

After more than a year of development work, the children and young people of the village (preschool and primary) will now be able to enjoy the Kid’s Zone, an early learning, games, and sports area which is entirely dedicated to them. It offers an athletic track, a mini football field, a volleyball and basketball court, a playground with slides and swings, a table tennis area, as well as other areas reserved for physical activities and fun.

Of course, children also benefit from their sports equipment, sneakers, and sports outfits as well as their bibs for sports competitions.

Thanks to the Decathlon Foundation, an active partner in the project, a total of roughly 300 children and a hundred women will be able to come and thrive there; a space also accessible to the three other neighboring douars according to the established schedule.

MekkiL ‘and the Decathlon Foundation, which have made it their mission to continue their social and sporting efforts in the rural world, are planning to build a second multisport field soon, this time dedicated to older children, namely middle and high school students.