- NORA FITZGERALD
I had a chance to go on a great tour of Marrakesh a few days ago. It was an enriching and beautiful experience. It renewed my connection with this city that I’ve called home for so long.These places are beautiful in and of themselves. And if you can find a great guide to connect you with the richness of Moroccan history, so much the better.
These first two photos are at Medrasa Ben Yousef which was one of the first examples of governmentally institutionalized learning in 1550. Before that, students would simply find a teacher and learn what they wanted to learn. This Islamic college was hailed by some as a positive initiative, and decried by others who felt the government should stay out of the business of education. I guess the home-schooling debate is not as recent as we think! Anyway, this college fell out of use in 1960, after the French had installed their own educational system in Morocco. Sigh.