Who are We?
The Moroccan Center for Civic Education (MCCE) was established in 2003, and has built and sustained an extensive network of partners.
Our mission is to train and educate younger generations to become responsible, effective and active citizens committed to democratic principles.
Our vision is Morocco as a democratic society of responsible citizens guaranteeing the key attributes of good governance active participation, responsibility, accountability and responsiveness to the needs of the people.
- Education of citizens for active participation and contribution to the development of an open democratic society;
- Promotion of education in the field of democracy, civic society, human rights and good governance;
- Promotion of an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy and with high level of participation in decision- making processes.
- Encouraging initiatives of the citizens and empowering women and youth.
MCCE has extensive experience adapting civic education curricular programs for the Moroccan context, as well as significant teacher training capacity, and an established record of securing external funding. Over the past 10 years, MCCE has worked in over 1000 schools with over 90,000 students and more than 9,500 teachers. MCCE also has excellent relations with US, Canadian, European and Moroccan government authorities with whom it regularly serves as an advisor on civic education matters.
Civic education programs offered by MCCE include: Foundations for Democracy for primary school students and Project Citizen for middle school students. The civic education programs that are promoted by MCCE have also been adapted for use by the NGO community in Morocco so out-of-school youth also have access to civic education programming. MCCE has active civic education programs in 10 of Morocco’s 12 regions. The MCCE works closely with governmental and non-governmental organizations across Morocco and has the steadfast support of the Higher Council for Education, the education advisory authority of HM Mohamed VI, King of Morocco, and is linked to the Ministry of Education, with whom a partnership agreement has been signed.
MCCE has significant leadership and staff development potential, as well as on-the-ground experience with a demonstrated capacity to conduct conferences, implement training workshops, and host international events as well as smaller delegations, including visiting teams of US congressional staffers, civic education experts, and exchange groups of teachers and administrators from the MENA region, Europe, the U.S. and Canada.
MCCE cultivates grant-based partnerships and has worked on several important projects. The Civic Education Partnership Initiative (CEPI), a three-year project with Bowling Green State University and then Maryville University in St. Louis funded by Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and USAID through HED, has designed a stand-alone civic education curriculum for 9th grade students and for teacher educators which has been piloted and implemented in six provinces. MCCE has also actively worked on a two-year project funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) that supports the engagement of civil society in Morocco’s elections through the use of a thematic Project Citizen curriculum. MCCE remains actively involved in the Civitas International Network partnership that includes South Africa, Poland, Ukraine and four US States (Kentucky, Alabama, Missouri, and Ohio) focused on sharing curricular innovations across cultures. MCCE was recently named as the Civitas International Regional Institute. MCCE developed a partnership with the University of Ottawa, Canada to establish a satellite campus in Morocco and started implementing civic education projects in partnership with the British Council, Morocco. MCCE has also embarked on a Mediteranian project called “Forming Responsible Citizens”, labelled by the UFM and funded by Norway and Monaco. Finally, MCCE has been recognized as the MEPI Alumni local chapter in Morocco.
MCCE’s activities are regularly featured in local, national and international media including major Arabic and French newspapers, television programming, and radio broadcasts.
- The 2nd International Annual conference on Democratic Citizenship “The Role of Youth in Promoting Global Citizenship Education: Challenges and Opportunities”, February 4 – 8, 2015 Marrakesh, Morocco
- The 1st International Annual Conference on Democratic Citizenship “Educating Youth for Democratic Futures” February 26 – March 1, 2014 Marrakesh, Morocco
- Civitas regional institute in Casablanca, May 2011
- The Civitas Professional Development Seminar: Integrating Project Citizen and Teen Court, Benslimane April 15-16, 2010
- The Morocco Canada Partnership Initiative in Education international conference, September 07, 2009.
- 12th World Congress on Civic Education, Casablanca and Ifrane, May 24–30, 2008
- Civic Education Partnership Initiative Civic Attitudes International Conference Marrakech, January 29-30, 2008