A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

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Mon, 12/29/2014 - 05:59 -- Meryanne

At Jnane Tamsna, we believe that our ecosystem involves more than the flora and fauna within our walls. As custodians of our land, we play a role in Moroccan society and bear a responsibility to extend opportunities in a country that has afforded us so many. Giving back to the community is an intrinsic aspect of Jnane Tamsna’s mission, which is why I am overjoyed to share our latest initiative with the Cogito Scholarship Foundation. Cogito selects and sponsors exceptional underprivileged boys and girls to achieve their highest potential at the world’s most esteemed high schools and universities. 

On December 14th, we launched the Morocco chapter of Cogitoscholar. The founder, Ali Erfan; the director, Ben Bulmer; and trustee, Karim Attiyah, came from London and Dubai to present this pioneering initiative to our friends. So far, Cogito has sponsored four young refugees, primarily from Palestine and Syria, to study at Eton and UWC Atlantic College in the UK. This nascent organisation aims to expand across the MENA region and to sponsor as many young exceptional boys and girls as possible every year. Although these students will be a select few, the benefit of their education will ripple throughout their communities. Cogito scholars sign a pledge to initiate positive change in their communities after graduation, and so far, they’ve all started to do so even before graduation.

You can get involved by taking a few minutes to watch the story of one Cogito scholar, Mohamed, produced by Al Jazeera. Spread the word about Cogito on social media and reach out to us if you would like to get more involved. 

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