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The Atlas workshops of Agdz, Morocco

The Joint Student Project continues – lecturers and students of three universities meet in Morocco from 10 to 18 September 2017

The ‘Atlas workshops of Agdz’ are nested in a project funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Auswärtiges Amt) and executed in the DAAD programme  ‘Higher Education Dialogue with the Muslim World’. The model region of Agdz – a town located in the rural South Moroccan region of Souss-Massa-Draâ – was a main historical crossroad for the caravan routes from Marrakesh to Timbuktu and an important meeting point of different cultures. This is documented by the impressive loam (adobe) architecture and the 3,000-year-old Ahwash ritual of the Berber tribes. Agdz is seen as an Open Science Lab, where Moroccan and German scientists, artists and students work together on questions related to sustainable rural development and cultural identity. Rural exodus, ageing societies, loss of cultural heritage, and inefficient use of natural resources are the most pressing challenges of this area. From 10 to 18 September 2017 a student group from the ITT will visit the region in the frame of a joint student supervised by Udo Nehren, Claudia Raedig, and Silke Lichtenberg.  The German-Moroccan team   will meet at the Faculty of Science and Technology in Errachidia of the University Moulay Ismail (UMI). Based on the concept of inquiry-based learning, the mixed student group will carry out field studies in Errachidia and Agdz related to the topics of oasis agriculture, water resources management, rural development, and the role of women in higher education, science and art.

Preparation for an Ahwash ceremony during the joint student project in the Kasbah Caid Ali, Agdz

Preparation for an Ahwash ceremony during the joint student project in the Kasbah Caid Ali, Agdz

River oasis and traditional loam architecture in Agdz

River oasis and traditional loam architecture in Agdz

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