NACE Partners’ Meeting

2017

The first NACE Partners’ Meeting took place in May 2017 in Tunis. During the conjunction of several organizations with NACE and its partners, there were raised topics like How can we pitch Civic Education on the Agenda of international organizations and what could be NACE’s role in it? What should be the key priorities of NACE? How does Civic Education contribute to capturing the complexity of the societies we live in and overcome polarization? NACE should be a service provider for philanthropists as an advisory consultant in the region and promote critical thinking. Civic Education is the tool to deal with complexities. While dealing with these current issues, there were also some ideas for the future of NACE as a network. Taking everything into account, the invited audience carved out that the media representation should be promoted and the first steps of institutionalization of NACE should be advanced.

2017لقاء شركاء الشبكة العربية للتعليم المدني تونس

عُقد الاجتماع الأول في شهر مايو 2017 في تونس. بالتزامن مع لقاء الشبكة العربية للتعليم المدني وشركائها من المنظمات المختلفة ، طرحت موضوعات مثل كيف يمكننا تقديم التربية المدنية على جدول أعمال المنظمات الدولية وماذا يمكن أن يكون دور الشبكة العربية للتعليم المدني في ذلك؟ ما ينبغي أن تكون الأولويات الرئيسية للشبكة العربية للتعليم المدني ؟ كيف يسهم التعليم المدني في استيعاب تعقيد المجتمعات التي نعيش فيها والتغلب على الاستقطاب؟ يجب أن تكون الشبكة العربية للتعليم المدني موفر خدمة للمحسنين كمستشار استشاري في المنطقة وتشجيع التفكير النقدي. التربية المدنية هي أداة للتعامل مع التعقيدات. أثناء التعامل مع القضايا الحالية ، كذلك كانت هناك بعض الأفكار لمستقبل الشبكة العربية للتعليم المدني كشبكة. ومع أخذ كل شيء في الحسبان ، رأى الجمهور المدعو أنه ينبغي تعزيز التمثيل الإعلامي ، ويجب التقدم بالخطوات الأولى لإضفاء الطابع المؤسسي على نظام الشبكة العربية للتعليم المدني.

EUROCLIO 25th Annual Conference

Marseille, France
21-26 April 2018

EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators was delighted and honored to organize the 25th Annual Conference and Professional Development and Training Course from 21-26 April 2018. The conference was hosted and co-organised by EUROCLIO’s co-founding member organisation from France, the Association des Professeurs d’Histoire et de Géographie (APHG). The conference took place in Marseille, France’s door to the Mediterranean horizon.
To understand the current challenges around the Mediterranean, history, heritage, and citizenship education has a key role to play. That is precisely the reason why EUROCLIO and APHG have decided to choose “Mediterranean Dialogues: Teaching History beyond our Horizons” as the theme for its 25th Annual Conference.

Different NACE members attended the 25th Euroclio Conference in Marseille. The conference was an interesting opportunity to explore the lines of intersection between history teaching and civic education. It also offered a networking opportunity for the different members to get in touch with similar organizations across the Atlantic, as well as different Arab organizations participating. Topics of teaching controversial issues as controversial, empathy as a tool of teaching, and also how civil wars are taught in schools were the highlight of the controversial issues discussed. 

For more information please visit euroclio.eu | facebook.com/euroclio | @EUROCLIO

NACE meets NICE

A model for empowering citizens in Sub-Saharan Africa?

NICE – the National Initiative for Civic Education from Lilongwe, Malawi – has been present as a facilitator of civic education for more than 15 years. It emerged in cooperation with a civil society initiative in the light of the 1999 general elections and received guidance from the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and its Malawi-German Program for Democracy and Decentralization (MGPDD). Since then, it has developed into a public trust with more than 8,000 trained volunteers in the communities, 200 professional civic educators, and 31 district offices. The board of NICE consists of six elected members and three government secretaries. NICE’s goals comprise the education of high-quality civic education and the empowerment of the Malawian citizens, which in turn help to ensure good governance by politicians. With their expertise, they could be a valuable partner for civic education across the African continent. As a grassroots organization, NICE can offer some helpful insight on how to reach citizens at the local or community level and is experienced in working closely with policy-makers on a national scale. On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, representatives of NACE met up with two members of NICE in Bonn, Germany. Petra Grüne and Sascha Scheier from the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) had an interesting discussion with Ollen Mwalubunju and Amos Tizora about common issues, the exchange of good practices, and possibilities for networking beyond national boundaries. For the future, the aim is to explore further opportunities for collaboration with NICE.

For further information, NICE can also be found online at www.nice.mw or via Facebook @NicePublicTrust

الشبكة العربية للتعليم المدني تلتقي المبادرة الوطنية للتربية المدنية بمالاوي

نموذج لتمكين المواطنين في أفريقيا جنوب الصحراء؟

المبادرة الوطنية للتربية المدنية من ليلونغوي ، مالاوي – حاضرة كميسر للتربية المدنية لأكثر من 15 سنة. وقد ظهر ذلك بالتعاون مع مبادرة المجتمع المدني في ضوء الانتخابات العامة لعام 1999 وتلقى توجيهات من التعاون التقني الألماني وبرنامجها الملاوي الألماني للديمقراطية واللامركزية  ومنذ ذلك الحين ، تطورت لتصبح ثقة عامة مع أكثر من 8000 متطوع مدرّب في المجتمعات ، و 200 معلم مدني محترف و 31 مكتبًا محليًا. يتكون مجلس المبادرة الوطنية للتربية المدنية بمالاوي من ستة أعضاء منتخبين وثلاثة وزراء حكوميين. وتشتمل أهدافها على تعليم التربية المدنية عالية الجودة وتمكين المواطنين الملاويين ، مما يساعد بدوره على ضمان الحكم الرشيد من قبل السياسيين. مع خبرتهم ، يمكن أن يكونوا شريكا قيما للتوعية المدنية في جميع أنحاء القارة الأفريقية. كمنظمة شعبية ، يمكن أن تقدم المبادرة الوطنية للتربية المدنية بمالاوي بعض البصيرة المفيدة حول كيفية الوصول إلى المواطنين على المستوى المحلي أو المجتمعي وتتمتع بالخبرة في العمل بشكل وثيق مع صانعي السياسات على المستوى الوطني.

وقد التقى ممثلوا الشبكة العربية للتعليم المدني مع اثنين من أعضاء المبادرة الوطنية للتربية المدنية بمالاوي يوم الأربعاء الموافق 26 يوليو 2017 ، في بون ، ألمانيا.  حيث قامت بترا جرون و ساشا تشاير من الوكالة الفيدرالية للتربية المدنية بمناقشة شيقة مع ألين موالوبونجو و آموس تيزورا حول القضايا المشتركة ، وتبادل الممارسات الجيدة وإمكانيات االتشبيك خارج الحدود الوطنية. بالنسبة للمستقبل ، الهدف هو استكشاف المزيد من الفرص للتعاون مع المبادرة الوطنية للتربية المدنية بمالاوي.

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Eastern African Civic Education Forum 2017

22 – 24 November / Uganda

The NACE Supporter Robert Bosch Foundation organized the first Eastern African Civic Education Forum in collaboration with the Ugandan Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, in Entebbe, in November 2017. The Forum brought together 15 of the most influential, young, and innovative Eastern and Southern African Civic Education organizations. The general objectives of the Forum 2017 were to map current challenges and best practices in Civic Education, to provide an opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing among participants, and to explore interest in and ideas for possible future collaborations.

The keynote speaker Hon. Dr. Abdullah Makame (East African Legislative Assembly), reminded the audience of the importance of cooperation, especially in the East African Community (EAC). Since the borders were made by the colonial powers, the East African countries share common values, languages, characteristics, and cultures in border communities. He illustrated his arguments by quoting the African proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”

A pre-workshop survey conducted amongst all participants laid the ground for 13 workshops to discuss pressing issues like the involvement of women and girls in CE; how to teach CE in fragmented societies; effective learning methods to unlock young people´s interest; how to establish a culture of peace or whether the political or the economic comes first. Workshop discussions finally led to three main topics that were further elaborated: Sustainability, Innovation, and Networking.

NECE and NACE were represented by the NACE Steering Committee Members Mr Moez Ali, Tunisia, and Mrs Petra Grüne, Germany, who shared their experience about the benefit of networking and ways to establish them. Further, they emphasized the importance to promote solidarity among Civic Education actors (and their sponsors) at all levels, national, regional, and international. Participants stressed their interest in an enhancement of the south-to-south exchange of ideas and experiences on Civic Education via such networks in Africa that would allow sharing of perspectives in the policy formulation processes. Beneath synergies and avoidance of duplication of actions, mutual support in form of peer review, learning, measuring of impact of the actions undertaken and collective advocacy and bargain and to establish a network between NECE, NACE and Civic Education actors in the Eastern and Southern Africa region were mentioned as important potential benefits. These connections would allow structural exchange and advancement of Civic Education programs and could open access to the political framework of bodies such as EU, EAC, Arab League, OECD by joining forces for the sake of Civic Education. As a consequence, the participants established a new network: CENESA – Civic Education Network for Eastern and Southern Africa.

Citizenship Education International Conference

Haus am Maiberg

The Haus am Maiberg, a German organization for civic education, organized a workshop with the title “Citizenship Education International” in Heppenheim, Germany from 19th to 20th June 2017. 41 participants discussed political education in ten different countries. Rana Gaber, Sandy Kebir, and Wissem Missaoui contributed their perspectives on civic education in their countries of origin and also presented NACE during the meeting. The participants from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Russia welcomed the idea and emphasized the need for international networking. Furthermore, everyone was interested in getting to know more about civic education in the individual countries and hoped to gain a better understanding of civic education processes by international Exchange.

مؤتمر تعليم المواطنة دوليا / هاوس أم مايبيرغ

نظمت مؤسسة هاوس أم مايبيرغ ، وهي مؤسسة ألمانية للتعليم المدني ، ورشة عمل تحمل عنوان ” تعليم المواطنة دوليا ” في هيبنهايم بألمانيا في الفترة من 19 إلى 20 يونيو 2017. ناقش 41 مشاركًا التعليم السياسي في عشرة بلدان مختلفة. ساهمت كل من رنا جابر ، وساندي كبير ، ووسام ميساوي بمنظورهم حول التربية المدنية في بلدانهم الأصلية ، وتم التعريف بالشبكة العربية للتعليم المدني خلال الاجتماع. ورحب المشاركون من أذربيجان وجورجيا وألمانيا وإيطاليا وبولندا وروسيا بالفكرة وأكدوا على الحاجة إلى إقامة شبكات دولية. علاوة على ذلك ، كان الجميع مهتمًا بالتعرف على المزيد حول التعليم المدني في كل دولة ، وفهم أفضل لعمليات التعليم المدني عن طريق التعاون الدولي.