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Educational Governance for Democratic Citizenship Education in Morocco

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WASHINGTON, DC

Visiting Scholars Program Final Presentation: Hajar Idrissi

The Educational Governance for Democratic Citizenship Education in Morocco and the MENA Region

The research provides important insights into the normative underpinnings of
citizenship in Morocco and the approach used to inculcating citizenship in its
citizens. Our research interests focus on the construction of democracy and
participation through citizenship education. For that reason, the thesis aims to explore
the role of citizenship education via formal and informal education in shaping
democratic principles in Morocco to develop actively engaged citizens in the light of
the new reforms after the so called Arab Spring It has been argued that citizenship
definition and citizenship education approaches are influenced by contextual factors
and are ideologically and politically driven and used as a means for indoctrination.

Hajar Idrissi is from Morocco. She is 25 years old and a second year doctorate candidate in the
Department of ‘Discourse, Creativity and Society’ at the faculty of Letters and Human Sciences,
University of Sidi Mohammed Ibn Abdellah, Fes-Sais, Morocco. Hajar is currently a Fulbright Visiting
Scholar at George Washington University, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
Her PhD research addresses the role of citizenship education in promoting democratic values and
principles after the so called ‘ Arab Spring’. Hajar has gained some leadership experiences by
participating in conferences and trainings nationally and internationally namely the NAIMUN (North
African International Model United Nation) held in Marrakesh and a week training in Political
Competencies held in NIMAR (Netherlands Institute in Morocco) by members of the Dutch “Christian
Democratic Appeal” (CDA) party. Hajar has been selected as the only Arab young leader in the “Third
Hague Peace Conference: Contest Essay” in The Hague, Netherlands. In addition, she has been selected
to participate in the “Second Civic Education Conference” in Tunisia organized by the Goethe Institute
o discuss challenges of youth citizenship and civic engagement. She has also participated in the
regional youth exchange program on gender equality, organized by the Swedish Institute Alexandria
(SwedAlex) and the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI), in Egypt. Besides, Hajar had an
internship in AIESEC LC Warsaw of 2 months period, where she had the opportunity to work with an
international team under the project: “Peace Cross Cultural Understanding”, Warsaw. Furthermore,
Hajar has been selected as the only Moroccan youth delegate to participate in the UNESCO Week for
Peace and Sustainable development: The Role of Citizenship Education to be held in Ottawa, Canada.
Recently, Hajar has been selected to take part in the Introduction to Data Analysis for the Social
Sciences Workshop organized by the Odum Institute, North Carolina University and the Arab Council
for the Social Sciences, in Beirut, Lebanon.

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