The first Civic Education Conference (CEC) took place from 8 to 10th of December 2013 in Alexandria, Egypt. Over 200 participants from a variety of fields and countries joined in a discussion to draft 60 recommendations providing a basis for a road map to develop the sector. The CEC was organized by the Goethe-Institute Cairo and the Tahrir Lounge in cooperation with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Center for Democracy and Social Peace Studies, the Hanns-Seidel Foundation as well as the Federal Agency for Civic Education. The conference explored outreach, terminology, policies, and stakeholders’ engagement. Plenaries offered a number of impulses to present questions of common concerns. It was the first conference on citizenship education in Egypt. CEC I documentation:
The second CEC convened from 13th to 15th of May 2016 in Tunisia. One of the repeated recommendations from the participants was the urgent need for an umbrella network and for CEC to continue.
Building on the first conference, it focused on assessing the development of the sector, built on the 60 recommendations and updated them in an effort to align to the current context, ensuring relevance through a participatory approach. About 200 experts, academics and practitioners from 31 countries gathered to discuss the current state of Civic Education in the MENA region. Several NACE Members took active part in the framework of the conference in the thematic workshops. CEC II documentation:
The NACE team hold the third edition of the CEC by the end of 2018 (03-07 December) in Casablanca, Morocco. The conference gathered 200 participants from the MENA region, Europe and other regions in order to ensure geographical diversity involving various backgrounds (Civil society, Academia, Media, Corporate institutions and Governmental bodies).
The conference was preceded by a stakeholder meeting from 3 to 5 December that gathered Civic Education key stakeholders (experts and practitioners) who developed the previous recommendations in order to draft the key milestones of a common road map, along with informal parallel sessions about different national experiences. Adopting a functional approach in the different sessions contributed in building on the CEC I & II recommendations and most importantly in strengthening the cooperation between the potential Civic Education actors. Civic Education was the main conference topic that was treated from different functional angles: Institutionalization, content, advocacy and communication.