‘Canada’s Moroccan community angry at closing of “Dar Al Maghrib” in Montreal,’ ChoufTV (Morocco), 30 January 2014

The Moroccan community of Montreal is upset at the sudden and indefinite closure of the “Dar Al Maghrib” cultural centre due to flooding. Moroccans are left searching for new schools for their children to learn Arabic in. The Moroccan cultural centre was opened two years ago by Princess Lalla Hasna.

مغاربة كندا غاضبون من إغلاق “دار المغرب” بـمونتريال

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خلف قرار إغلاق “دار المغرب” بمونتريال، التي أشرفت على تدشينها منذ سنتين الأميرة لالة حسناء، استياءا شديدا لدى مغاربة كندا، الذين أعربوا عن استغرابهم للقرار المفاجئ الذي اتخذه المشرفون عن دار المغرب، دون سابق إشعار وإلى أجل غير مسمى

وفي تصريحات لقناة “مونتريال” المغربية، دعا العديد من أبناء الجالية المغربية بهذا البلد، المسؤولين المغاربة إلى إعادة النظر في قرار إغلاق هذا المركز الثقافي المهم جراء غمر المياه لقاعة المعدات وهو المشكل الذي يقول عنه المغاربة “يمكن حله دون اللجوء إلى إغلاق المركز في وجه المستفيدين من خدماته

وأضافوا أن العديد منهم اضطر إلى البحث عن مدارس أخرى لتعليم أبنائهم اللغة العربية، كانت تدرس لهم سابقا في دار المغرب قبل قرار الإغلاق، والتي تعتبر حسب قولهم “معلمة مغربية بامتياز تذكرهم بوطنهم الذي يفتقدونه كثيرا



Canada’s Moroccan community angry at closing of “Dar Al Maghrib” in Montreal

30 January 2014

The decision to close “Dar Al Maghrib” in Montreal, whose launch was supervised by Princess Lalla Hasna two years ago, led to strong discontent amongst Canada’s Moroccan community, who expressed their shock at the surprising decision to close the cultural centre indefinitely, which was taken by supervisors of “Dar Al Maghrib” without prior notice.

In a television statement, several members of the Moroccan community in Canada call on Moroccan officials to reevaluate the decision to close this important cultural centre due to flooding in the equipment room, a problem which Moroccans say “could be solved without resorting to closing the centre in the face of those who benefit from its services.”

They added that a number of them are forced to look for other schools to teach their children Arabic, which was previously taught at “Dar Al Maghrib” before its closure by an :excellent teacher who reminded them of the homeland that they greatly miss.”

Translated by Kevin Moore.

Article available at ChoufTV.

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