Pre-conference EVENTS: 3rd & 4th December 2018

Two parallel activities are planned prior to the general conference: a stakeholders meeting bringing key actors from the region to review past recommendations and draw a roadmap for cooperation and a Training on Civic Education implemented by Goethe-Institut Cairo.

Parallel Event 1: Experts’ Meeting

The conference will be  preceded by a stakeholder meeting from December 3 to 5 gathering Civic Education stakeholders who will assess the status of previous recommendations in order to draft the key milestones of a common road map, keeping at the heart of it the national experiences.

This meeting adopts a functional approach in its sessions  to build on the CEC I & II recommendations looking at strategies strengthening the cooperation between the Civic Education actors present. Participants will be invited to look at civic education from the following different functional angles: Institutionalization, content, advocacy and communication, to formulate dilemmas, hot issues and blind spots in the field, that impact the field across the board. These conclusions will be transferred to the main conference under a set of thematics for further discussion with a wider audience.

Parallel Event 2: Goethe Institut Civic Education

In parallel to the stakeholder meeting, a Training of Trainers in Civic Education will be conducted for a selected group of young participants. The main conference (6-7 December) aims at bringing together different influential actors in the framework of interactive, dynamic and engaging sessions covering a variety of themes. The conference will include inspirational speaker sessions, interactive discussions and will be an opportunity to learn, to share and to exchange. NACE team and all the participants will be actively involved in ensuring a concrete follow-up on the different recommendations and outcomes of the conference.

03/12: Monday

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Arrival and Registration
12:00 a.m. – 12:30  a.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks (Rana Gaber & Ahmed Naguib)
12:30 a.m.  – 12:45 a.m. Presentation of NACE
12:45 a.m. – 1:30  p.m.   From Alexandria to Casablanca: moving civic education forward
1:30 a.m. – 1:45  p.m. Coffee break
1:45 a.m.  – 2 :30 p.m. Parallel sessions

A.       Content

B.       Advocacy

C.       Institutionalisation

D.      Communicating

**further details in Annex I

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.    Lunch break
3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.     Parallel sessions
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.     Plenary: Reporting back
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.     Reception / dinner

04/12:  Tuesday

9:00 a.m. – 9:30  p.m.        Opening of the day
9:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. Parallel sessions
12:30 p.m.  – 2:00 p.m.     Lunch break
2:00 p.m.  – 3:30 p.m.         Parallel sessions:

  • World Café for workshops recommendations
  • Drafting committee of the recommendations
  • Preparation meeting for the workshop Facilitators
3:30 p.m.  – 4:00 p.m.     Coffee break
4:00 p.m.  – 5:30 p.m.       Plenary: Reporting back
5:30 p.m.   – 6:00 p.m.  Concluding remarks

Parallel Event 2: Goethe Institut Civic Education Training

The Goethe-Institut Cairo offers a two-day Training-of-Trainers course that will be conceived and implemented by alumni of its Civic Education programme. The training approach relates principles of democracy to everyday decision making. Concepts such as equality, freedom or diversity are applied in the group context itself, allowing the participants to reflect on their role in group processes. Rather than learning about democracy as a theory, this training will thus be based on a practical and experiential approach. The number of participants is limited to 20 persons.

Main Conference : 5th- 7th December 2018

05/12: Wednesday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.       Arrival and Registration
12:00 p.m.   – 2:00 p.m.   Welcome by Mr Omar Azziman (Head of Council for Education and Scientific Research, Morocco) (tbc)

Interactive Introduction (Networking I) (Rana Gaber & Ahmed Naguib)

NACE Community (Including presentation of the Database)

Keynote-Speech: The Role of Civic Education for Social Cohesion (Mr André Azoulay) (tbc)

2:00 p.m.  –  3:00 p.m.    Lunch break
3:00 p.m.   –  4:30p.m.


Civic Education for Resilient Societies

Nelly Corbel, NACE, Secretary (Moderator)

Elke Kaschl-Mohni (Goethe-Institut)

Grace Maingi, Uraia Trust, Kenya

Moez Ali / Youssef Seddik, Tunisia

Loubna Rais, Morocco

4:30 p.m.   –  5:00 p.m.   Coffee Break
5:00 p.m.   – 5:45 p.m.  Tell your Story about Civic Education: Interview and Session with Jaafar Abdulkarim (tbc)
5:45 p.m.  –  7:00  p.m.     Project Market/Elevator Pitch (Networking II) (Rana Gaber & Ahmed Naguib)
7:00 p.m.   –  9:00 p.m.   Reception / Dinner

06/12: Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Check-in

Stories of Civic Education from the Participants with Jafar Abdelkarim (tbc)

Welcome to Day II by Thomas Krüger, Federal Agency for Civic Education, Director, Germany

Keynote: Bryony Hoskins, University of Roehamptons, UK

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Short Interviews by NACE representatives with selected experts from the pre-conference: Main topics, challenges, findings

Presentation of Outcome of Experts meeting and Intro Workshops (Rana Gaber)

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Coffee Break
11:15 a.m. –  01:15 p.m.        10 Parallel Workshops

Human Rights Based Approaches to Civic Education

Facilitated by Georges Ghali

×           Sherouk Ali

×           Amro Ali

×           Omar Fassatoui


Civic Education in the Digital Era

Facilitated by Hatem Ben Youssef

×           Pamela Brandt

×           Amr Sobhy

×           Ismael Ilsouk

×           Karolin Schwarz

The impact of “Countering Violent Extremism” on Civic Education

Facilitated by Noufal Abboud

×           Sami Kallel

×           Khalil Elmasry

×           Amir Alexander Fahim

×          Sébastien Boussois

Civic Education Reshaped by Migration and Refugees influx

Facilitated by Eya Jrad

Youth in Civic Education

Facilitated by Mr Mohamed Yassien

×           Amin Barkallah

×           Yassine Bazzaz

×           Daham el Daham

×           Narine Teknejan

Mainstreaming Gender in CE Programming

Facilitated by Mrs Sally Zohney

×           Wiem Melki 

×           Tatevik Hakobyan

×           Farah Barqawi (tbc)

Challenges and Opportunities Social Entrepreneurship offers to CE

Facilitated by Mr Ziad Haddara

×           Lobna Saidi

×           Tamer Taha (tbc)

×           Dina El Mofty (tbc)

×           Julian Gröger (tbc)

Exploring the relationship between Religion and Civic Education

Facilitated by Mr Samy Chachira

×           Youssef Seddik

×           Farook Mullah

×           Thomas Dandmission (tbc)

×           Sabine Achour (tbc)

Challenges and Opportunities Media/Journalism offer to Civic Education

Facilitated by Mr Hassan Hameli

×           Abdessalam Harchi

×           Asma Laabidi

×           Arafat Hassan Al Majid 

The influence of Arts and Culture on Civic Education

×           Mohamed Fawzi

×           Anja Besand

×           Naceur Sardi

×           Geoliane Arab (tbc)

01:15 p.m.   –  2:45 p.m.       Lunch break
2:45 p.m.  – 4:15 p.m.       Continuation: 10 Parallel workshops
4:15 p.m.   – 4:45 p.m.       Coffee break
4:45 p.m.   – 6:45 p.m.       Drafting Conclusions: 10 Parallel Workshops
6:45 p.m.   – 7:15 p.m. Check out in Plenary
8:00 p.m. Cultural event

07/12:  Friday

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Check in  

More Civic Education Stories

9:30 a.m.  – 11:00 p.m.      World Café on the conclusions of the 10 Workshops (Rana Gaber & Ahmed Naguib)
11:00 p.m.   – 12:30 p.m.       Open Space and “NACE desk” (Networking III)
12:30 p.m.   – 1:30 p.m.       Lunch
1:30 p.m.   – 3:30 p.m.     Plenary: Discussion and voting on the conference resolution (Rana Gaber & Ahmed Naguib) 

Closing remarks

Additional Information

Content of the Experts Pre-Conference

I. Content

In this track, participants will discuss the vision to lead civic education in the region, as well as exchange experiences of strategies, practices, methods, and techniques. The meeting will also be a chance to deliberate about the different approaches to localize the curriculum development to enrich the learners’ understanding and implementation of the civic values.  

During the two days of the experts meeting, practices and experiences of formal and informal educational organizations, civil society networks and institutions targeting school and university students with focus on Human Rights, ICT, CVE, Youth, Migration and Refugees, Gender Equality, Social Entrepreneurship, Religion, Media/Journalism, Arts and Culture will be shared and discussed.

Drawing on the recommendations of CEC II, the content track will further explore capacity for civic educators, partnerships between the formal and informal sectors participants  and the different evaluation practices in civic education in the region.

Finally, this track will be a space for practitioners to share their good-case practices, innovate to respond to challenges and interact with experts in regards to the latest trends in civic education; which is an important step to co-create a community of practice in the region.

II. Advocacy

Experts and practitioners agree that more collaboration between civic actors and decision makers is needed for the advance of civic education and engagement, hence the need for the assembling of such advocacy encounters. The track will present and explore models and cases of advocating for civic education, and using education and awareness as a tool to advocate for civic causes and values like refugees, gender equality and social entrepreneurship.

More importantly, the participants of this track will analyze and come out with lessons learnt and recommendations for further action and advocacy efforts.

III. Institutionalisation

This main focus of this track is how to further integrate civic education in primary and higher education institutions, and how educators can be ambassadors for civic values and practices among their students and peers.

During the two days, experts and civic education practitioners will collaborate in showcasing different case studies of bringing community-based learning and action into educational institutions, as well as discuss the opportunities and challenges in this regard.

Finally, this track will explore the efforts of cooperation between civil society actors and formal education institutions in civic education.

IV. Communicating

This track will be answering the key question of How to effectively and creatively reach out to the civic education target audience?, AKA the whole society and specifically young people! With today’s tech savvy generation spending more time online than doing anything else, it’s important to creatively reach out to them and engage them civically.

During the two days civil society actors, creatives and civil servants, along with experts will convene to exchange practices on successfully reaching out to target audiences of different civic education campaigns and programs.

Additionally, this track will hold a space to experiment how arts and culture communicate the civic values, and motivate civic engagement and community participation.

Finally, the Communicating track will discuss the different models of using a participatory approach in including youth and marginalized groups in civic education.

Workshops Briefs

Human Rights Based Approaches to Civic Education

Human rights based approaches can be options to go beyond Civic Education that is based mostly on national legal frameworks. While exploring these approaches, some important questions are inevitable to explore:

  • How relevant is the Human Rights based approach to Civic Education?
  • What challenges and opportunities do educators working with these approaches face while working in and across different national contexts?
  • What tools proved to be successful in promoting human rights for various target groups in the context of civic education?

Civic Education in the Digital Era

We are living in a digitalized world where new trends are coming up every day. How civic education is coping with the digitalization trends became an important area to explore. While unpacking this relationship, some important questions are inevitable to explore:

  • How are existing technologies contributing to Civic Education?
  • What is the untapped potential of new technologies to creating tools that empower citizens?
  • What kind of risks can arise from using the new trends within digitalization in Civic Education?

The impact of “Countering Violent Extremism” on Civic Education
The concept of violent extremism has been gaining more and more attention in the world we live in. Its relevance to Civic education is highly debated within the scope of countering violent extremism (CVE). In this workshop the debatable nature of the topic is to be unfolded by tackling the below questions:

  • How does the Security Paradigm impact Civic Education when it comes to CVE?
  • What kind of impact does the call for quick responses to violent extremism have on Civic Education?
  • How can Civic Education contribute to building resilient communities as an alternative to CVE?

Civic Education Reshaped by Migration and Refugees influx

Migration and refugees are a reality. In the last years countries in the Arab world have been receiving as well as sending migrants and refugees. The questions set forward to explore are:

  • How migration and integration policies are affecting Civic Education?
  • How are migrants and refugees presented in Civic Education?In societies where migrants and refugees are present, how do Civic Educators work with “othering” and other challenges that arise?

Youth in Civic Education
Youth represent the majority of the population in terms of numbers today in the Arab region. They have also proven to be a driving force behind social and political change in recent years. However, youth are not represented properly and are still marginalised. In Civic Education, youth are both the main target audience of activities and programs as well as  content creators and actors themselves. This workshops addressed these questions:

  • How does CE answer to marginalization of Youth?
  • How Youth contribute to reshaping CE?What successful youth led projects/programmes/ initiatives exist?

Mainstreaming Gender in CE Programming
Amidst the international and regional focus on Gender issues, It is vital to examine the practices and implementation of Gender related issues in the field of Civic Education.  This focus addresses both behavioral change on the individual level as well as institutional change.  Within this scope, the below questions become important to answer:

  • What are the efforts made to institutionalize Gender mainstreaming, operationally and structurally in civil society organizations in general and CE programs in specific?  
  • How consistent are CE programs to the values it promotes within Gender mainstreaming?

Challenges and Opportunities Social Entrepreneurship offers to CE
Social Entrepreneurship has been introduced to the field of CE to offer unconventional approaches. Using entrepreneurial models to achieve social impact offers numerous challenges as well as opportunities. In this workshop, those challenges and opportunities are discussed based on the following notions:

  • What successful models or experiences exist within the realm of social entrepreneurship that had an impact on CE? (Case studies highlighting the different theories of change. )
  • What new knowledge and solutions SE offers to CE?

Exploring the relationship between Religion and Civic Education
The sensitivity that arises when talking about religion and civic education needs to be addressed. This workshop aims at exploring this sensitivity while working with the below questions:

  • What role do religious institutions play regarding Civic education?
  • How are religious identities and personal faiths represented in Civic Education?
  • How can civic education promote social cohesion in societies where religiosities and non religiosities play a role?

Challenges and Opportunities Media/Journalism offer to Civic Education
Media are an important resource for CE. Media literacy is thus a crucial competence.   The workshop seeks to explore approaches and best practices for critical media education while also tackling the role of media in shaping decision making processes and to examine the role of journalists as partners in CE.

The influence of Arts and Culture on Civic Education

Arts and culture mirror and transcend social realities while providing critical and provocative approaches to them. How these approaches are influencing Civic Education is the overarching question of this workshop. While homing in on this question, some important aspects need to be addressed:

  • How does the history of art and culture shape CE?
  • How can Art contribute to Civic Education in terms of tools and approaches?In what ways can artists be partners in CE?
  • How transnational experiences within the arts and culture field are shaping CE?