by Ahmed Alalou
This IMPACT story is contributed by student Ahmed Alalou who lives in Larache, Morocco. Ahmed participated in the Dream Flag Project when he was a high school student in Larache, and Marouane El Baida was his teacher. Ahmed is now a third year college student in Morocco, studying biology. In July of 2017, Ahmed co-presented with me and Marouane El Baidir at the iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit held in Marrakech, Morocco. –Jeffrey Harlan
Our presentation was the best thing I’ve done as a student, to offer everyone the chance to be a part of our dream land, a land where borders and superiority according to race, color or religion are just illusions.
Whenever I hear the word dream, I think of a world that is green. When I heard of the Dream Flag project, I thought of it as a way to connect the world via each other’s dreams, though it might be hard for some of us to share their secret desires that are held deep inside us.
One of the many things I have learned during my experience with the Dream Flags Project is that everyone’s dreams are positive despite no one ever telling us that it should be. And it takes courage to share them.
As for my participation in iEARN’s 23rd International Conference and 20th Youth Summit last summer, I will always be proud of presenting alongside my teacher and mentor Marouane El Baida and Mr. Jeffrey Harlan who came all the way to Morocco for the beautiful purpose that is making everyone’s dream our dream, and showing the world that we, as human beings, can always create a beautiful line of hope when attaching our dreams together and holding each other’s hands through poetry.
Our Presentation was the best thing I’ve done as a student, to offer everyone the chance to be a part of our dream land, a land where borders and superiority according to race, color or religion are just illusions. I think that we were successful in informing the audience about our project and our application. I enjoyed the smiles and the beautiful impressions on everybody’s face in a room where students and educators from more than 10 countries joined together and showed appreciation for our work and willingness to be part of this beautiful project.
Getting to know Mr. Jeffrey Harlan, the creator of the Dream Flag project and the Dreamline application was definitely the most inspiring thing in all this journey which has just started, for he is a mentor who has a heart big enough for everyone’s dreams. It was my pleasure to show him my beautiful country and help him see life through Moroccan eyes. Even though it was just for a short duration of time, it was the best duration of time.
My favorite part was when we hung all the Dream Flags in Mr. Jeffrey’s hotel room and took this funny video:
I want to thank Mr. Jeffrey Harlan for his visit to Morocco and for including us in his incredible project which I’m most honored to be a part of.