From 8 a.m. until noon several days a week, Ghita Tajeddine volunteers as a physical therapist trainee at a Casablanca hospital. Then, Tajedinne, 21 years old, goes to Université Internationale de Casablanca (UIC) to study physical therapy.
She’s among the first generation of Moroccans to attend university in large numbers. “College is already having a positive impact on Moroccan life and economy,” Tajeddine says, “and it will help us improve our country in the long term.”
As president of the university’s student office of social and humanitarian affairs, Tajeddine has created and led important initiatives. In October, she led more than a dozen students on a trip to deliver books, toys, food and medical supplies to children in a mountain village more than 300 miles from Casablanca. The following month, she led a co-ed conference on HIV/AIDS that included videos and HIV-positive panelists. “I wanted to shock people,” she says. “We’re a Muslim country. But the truth is, people have sex, so we have to talk about what it means.”
Soon, Tajeddine will study physical therapy in Spain and return to UIC to finish her master’s degree in early 2016. Ultimately, she wants to open a physical therapy clinic for poor people. Ghita Tajeddine fully realizes this remarkable moment in her country’s history and is preparing herself to be a key driver of Morocco’s progress.