Ramadan Mubarak (Have a blessed Ramadan).
Today is the first day of Ramadan. I will be fasting until 7:30 pm today, and I cannot wait to tell you all about it and share Morocco with you. I am Badr; since all Arabic names have meanings, mine means “the full moon.” I will be your instructor alongside Kevin and Keshet, and this will be my second program with Dragons. I was born in Sale, the sister city of the capital Rabat, but I what I call home is a small town 51 KM east of Rabat called Tiflet. I grew up all over the country due my father’s job in the military. For that, I feel blessed to have the chance to meet people from different communities and to create so many wonderful relationships that have shaped me to become the person I am today, a teacher.
Before joining Dragons, I worked for Peace Corps Morocco for 4 years teaching Moroccan Arabic (‘’Darija’’) and culture to American volunteers. During three of my four years teaching, students from my classes got the highest level in Darija in a group of over 100 people. It was a humbling moment and a source of pride at same time. I love teaching and I am very curious about my own language and culture and the different factors that came to create it. I am in the middle of creating a Moroccan Arabic text book, and I would be so happy to share my passion with you.
Growing up as a Moroccan, I am advised to follow my parents’ norms and act upon them, but I am a curious creature. I like to meet new people, explore new places, and see my own culture from different perspective. I feel so fortunate to know I will be working with people that share the same mind set.
The thing about traveling is it humbles you in a way you cannot begin to imagine. You get to see people as people and that we share the same humanity. Traveling gives you a mirror to look into yourself and become the best version of you, and as long as you are on the go to explore and embrace other cultures, you do not cease bettering yourself and people around you.
In the coming summer, I am excited to meet one another and learn from each other, to share my country and her people with you.