Climate change and overgrazing have brought poverty to the old nomad tribes of the High Plateau of Atlas in Morocco and forced them to partial settlement.
School of Hope tells about a nomad tribe struggling to get education for their children, and a young teacher trying to help them while suffering himself of the Government’s indifference toward rural regions.
The nomads are a proud people who value their freedom; they were the last people to resist colonial rule. Now faced with the changing environment and the necessity to settle down, they feel more lost than when wandering with their cattle in the endless desert. They’d need wells, electricity, health care and schools, but the Government is not interested in their troubles.
When the Dehbi tribe couldn’t get a State school to their area, they decided to build it themselves, and through an association managed to get a teacher to come there. The small school can only offer the first elementary classes, after which the children should move to town to continue studying. Even if the family might be able to afford sending a child there, they don’t want to send the girls, worried of their safety. The situation is complex; the nomads know they need education but are also afraid of it, afraid of losing their children.