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17 May 2014

1st International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship

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1st International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship

Marrakesh, February 26 to March 1, 2014

The Moroccan Center for Civic Education in collaboration with its international and local partners organized the 1st International Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship in Marrakech, Morocco, from February 26 to March 1, 2014

Under the theme of “Educating Youth for Democratic Futures,” the conference gathered more than 150 academics, professional educators, civil society leaders and high level representatives from over twenty countries across the world together with experts and civil society leaders, educators, students, media and youth representatives from Morocco.

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Participants explored how teachers and schools can educate learners to be effective and active citizens who are committed to democratic principles. Through presentations, workshops, discussion groups, and networking sessions, the conference provided a forum for dialogue and sharing of innovative practices and experiences. Keynote speakers included Michaëlle Jean, chancellor of the University of Ottawa; Alden Craddock, associate vice president, associate professor of education, and director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy of Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri; and John Hale, associate director of the Center for Civic Education. Workshops and discussion groups explored numerous topics and subthemes, including intercultural and interreligious dialogue, civic engagement in nondemocratic settings, collaborative inquiry, the role of higher education, education for peace, character education, and other areas.

Students of the US Department of State English Access Microscholarship Program in Morocco presented their community project addressing the problem of School Violence. The students demonstrated how they developed public policy proposals to address community problems through the highly successful Project Citizen curriculum to engage NGOs and youth in public policy issues and enable them to participate in informed policy dialogue with policy makers, community members.

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The conference was based on established partnerships between the Moroccan Center for Civic Education, the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Morocco and partners in the US, the UK, Canada, Europe and MENA region namely APEF- Education, the British Council, CEPEO (Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario), Civitas International/ Center for Civic Education, Los Angeles, California, Maryville Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy, St Louis, USA, Ministry of Education, Morocco, RELO (Regional English Language Office), US Embassy, Morocco and the University of Ottawa, Canada.

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