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Literacy in North Africa, can you tell me what is going on

Algeria has been independent for 51 years and still its literacy rate is very low. So what happened. we cannot blame the low rates on old illiterate grandmas/ grandpas any more, a hold over from the 11 percent illiteracy rate from the colonial days. Every student that goes through school should be “literate” by the time they are finished and if kids are not going to school there parents should be given an opportunity to change the situation. Of course some students are taken from school to help family finances but that is unacceptable and that should be remedied as soon as possible.

The question is in North Africa, Algeria Tunisia and Morocco (Libya looks to be a bit okay) is that how do you define literacy. Students in elementary schools(Let’s assume the most basic and widespread institution) have to “read” in Arabic and in French. In Arabic you have signs that show the vowels on top or bellow the consonant letters, and usually in more advanced texts/city signage) they remove the signs. So my question is how does someone with an elementary school education cope with reading in everyday life, does he spend 5 minutes on one sentence.

In review I believe that

The older generation should be taught at home or in specialized classes in order to teach them how to read and write. I think that they should be taught for the sake of honor.

At “risk” youth should be put aside one on one in order to test them and to try to figure out what level they are at and whether they should catch up to the class.

Parent should be responsible and punished if there children “skip” classes.

literacy rates in algeria is at around 70% men about 80% and women at 60%

any comments or questions


Algerian or Tunisian Sodas : identity of soda booming in France

As you all know Muslims do not drink alcohol so they tend to drink more sodas and Juices. So the question is why not make the sodas instead of consuming them.

In Algeria we have Hamoud Boualem which was founded all the way in 1878. Ifri and so on.

the market for soft drinks has been growing recently in France. Algerians, Tunisians and Moroccans want to rediscover the tastes of their home countries.

They are a few questions remaining.

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Medical Tourism Booming in North Africa

Despite the unrest rocking several Arab countries, many foreign tourists are still heading to North Africa not only for holidays but also for plastic surgery which has become a big business namely in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco.
The pyramids of ancient Egypt, the antiquities & beaches of Tunisia and the mystical city Marrakesh (Morocco) are no longer the main attractions for international travelers. Tourists are now more and more coming to this region for liposuction, breast augmentations and other cosmetic surgery procedures.
The popular plastic surgery operations include tummy tuck, liposuction, facelift, breast lift or reduction, dental care, buttock augmentation & lift, nose job, ear surgery, eyelid surgery, chin augmentation and hair transplantation.
Its proximity to Europe, proven skill of certified board surgeons and moderate prices that make the three northern African countries attractive alternatives to India, Thailand, Pakistan or Latin America (the current giants in the field of medical tourism). The clinics there offer unbeatable packages which combine a beach vacation, relaxation and scalpel. Instead of a hospital environment, foreign tourists seeking a new look (flawless face or body), can enjoy the luxury and comfort newly built clinics, equipped with the most modern medical and surgical apparatus.
This highly attractive offer appeals to those short on time and who want to save money at a time economic & financial crisis is hitting badly Euro-zone. Thus, Europeans (women and men), who are looking for an affordable makeover and vacation wrapped into one deal, keep coming to North Africa from as far away as Sweden, Russia and the United States.
They keep coming because they’re paying half of the medical costs in their homeland, preferring to stay in a hospital like a 5-star hotel, and getting a safe and quicker treatment.
However, it is perplexing to see that countries that attract most medical tourists are often experiencing difficulties to give the adequate medical care to their own populations. So, it’s worth thinking about and one should start shopping around for a clinic that donates some of its profits to providing medical care for those who can’t afford it at all.

“Morocco without Plastic Bags” campaign launched

In a lot of countries you will find plastic bags rolling around the ground like tumble weeds.

Can the plastic bags on the street be recycled or does a ban on plastic bags have to go on effect

A nationwide awareness campaign to the danger of plastic bags on the environment and the need to use other alternatives was launched this week, under the motto “Morocco without plastic bags.” sponsored by “Mawarid”

Before plastic bags many “cultures” used beautiful handmade straw baskets

10 uses of plastic bags, 63 uses of bags,,20310499,00.html

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Moroccan health sector under fire

Morocco’s healthcare system is in need of a revamp, some officials say.

“No evolution can take place in the health domain without resolving the socio-economic problems of sector employees, who live in very difficult conditions,” Health Minister Houcine El Ouardi said on September 20th.

According to the minister, “Morocco is one of 57 countries suffering from a glaring shortage of medically trained human resources”.

“We have six doctors for every 10,000 head of population, whereas in Algeria they have 12.9 and in Belgium they have 35,” El Ouardi said.

He acknowledged that the sector suffers from a litany of problems, including lack of equipment and human resources, as well as poor training and security.

The failings, El Ouardi said, will be overcome through a policy of local management and regionalisation, improved handling of chronic conditions and better governance.

Deputy Mohamed Laassel agreed that some of the healthcare problems can be resolved through improved governance and management. He mentioned that some public sector doctors work in the private sector, which impacts care provision in public hospitals.

The scourge of corruption is another problem invoked by members of the public.

Rahma Cheftili, a housewife, complained that it is almost impossible to access treatment in a public hospital without resorting to bribes. “The nurses ignore patients until someone gives them a backhander. When a woman gives birth, she has to give the nurse at least two hundred dirhams, even though it shouldn’t cost you to have a baby in a state maternity ward,” she said indignantly.


Meanwhile, MP Rahma Tritah said that the necessary measures must be introduced to fight corruption in public health services, particularly in rural areas. Tackling corruption requires political will, she said.

According to the health minister, the top priorities include the need to restore public confidence in state healthcare and hospitals. He insisted, however, that people should not put all doctors in the same boat, because the majority of them are honest and work hard to serve the public.

“We have introduced measures to make the public attending hospitals aware of their duties and their rights, to prevent them falling victim to certain unhealthy practices,” El Ouardi said. “The ministry is determined to improve governance. A number of measures have therefore been introduced such as the booking of appointments by telephone and online, the introduction of social support units, and a system for following up complaints.”

Negotiations are under way with retail pharmacists and the pharmaceutical industry to lower the cost of medicines. The minister said that the first price reductions are expected this December.

how to steam CousCous


Ingredients: 1 package couscous (500 grams)

1 stick of unsalted butter salt to taste ice cold water as needed Method:

1) Place the couscous in a large round shallow dish. Stir in 1 cup of ice cold water. Let stand for 20 minutes. The couscous will stick together in one large, stiff mass. Break apart the couscous with your fingers using a circular raking motion and by gently rubbing the couscous with couscous untill all the grains are seperate.

2) Place the couscous in the steamer insert portion of a couscoussier. Fill the bottom pot of the couscoussier approximately 1/3-1/2 full of water, place steamer insert on top, bring water to a gentle boil. The water level should be low enough so that there is no risk of it touching the bottom of the steamer. Let steam uncovered for about 30 minutes.

3) Turn the couscous into the bowl. Sprinkle with about about 1/4 cup of cold water and 2 tablespoons of salt and add 1/3 stick of butter. Traditionally, North Africans use their hands to incorporate the ingredients, you can use a fork if the heat bothers you. Let stand for about 30 minutes, rake with your hands (or stir with a fork) again to completely separate each grain and return to steamer for a second steaming.

4) Steam for 20 minutes, turn out the couscous into a bowl, add about 1/4 cup of cold water, more salt to taste and 1/3 of the butter, fluff the couscous using the same raking motion, let stand for 30 minutes and return to steamer for final steaming.

5) Turn out the couscous into the bowl, add more salt and butter to taste. The finished product should be light and fluffy, with an al dente texture. It should not be gritty or mushy. Serve on a round platter in a mound as shown. A former student of mine, Jameen Khan, gifted with me a Japanese made tagine. And no, North Africans do not serve couscous in a tagine. That was done for photographic purposes.

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