Gregor Hackmack & Ghada Louhichi: Web 2.0

Gregor Hackmack is co-founder of parliamentwatch.org, an independent platform that gives German citizens the opportunity to ask public questions and receive public answers from their members of parliament over the Internet. Ghada Louhichi has established marsad.tn one year ago. The objective of the Tunisian platform is to provide citizens with easier and free access to information related to their elected representatives and the writing of the new constitution.



Driss Maghraoui

Driss Maghraoui is a professor of History and International Relations at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (Morocco). He teaches courses on North African immigration in Europe, modern imperialism and its culture, history of the Arab world, and history and memory in 20th century Europe.



Forum 6: “Bringing people together”


The ways in which long-lasting and fruitful co-operation in the field of citizenship education can be yielded cross-regionally were shown by means of presenting three examples of such collaboration networks in today's parallel forum “Cooperation projects between Europe and North Africa”.

Benjamin Barber

Benjamin R. Barber is a senior research scholar at the The Graduate Center, CUNY, founder of the Interdependence Movement, and Walt Whitman Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University.



A new social contract


The second keynote of the first day of the NECE conference was given by Noha El-Mikawy from the Ford Foundation (Egypt). She focussed on the possibilities for democracy and citizenship education from the perspective of the recent transformations in North Africa.

Tahany Shemis: We have a lot to share

Tahany Shemis is a quality education manager at Misr Elkheir Foundation and an in-service-teacher trainer with long-standing experience in the field of education for intercultural understanding and civic education.



Thomas Krüger

Thomas Krüger is the president of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb. The bpb established the NECE network and hosts the conference.



Forum V: Seeing “political choices as human, rather than as sacred decisions”


What is the relationship between religion and politics and how can we use citizenship education to broaden our understanding of the other? These were some of the questions that were picked out as central themes yesterday in the forum 'Politics and Religion: Re-defining the relationship in diverse societies?'.

Forum II: Participatory democracy against distrust


The issue of increasing dissatisfaction with the working of democratic institutions was discussed yesterday in the parallel forum: 'Democracy between distrust and participation: Re-thinking the relationship between citizens and the state?'.

Bekim Agai

Bekim Agai from Bonn (Germany) is the project head of research group "Europe from the outside - Formations of Middle Eastern views on Europe from inside Europe". On Thursday, he gave a lecture on "Mutual perceptions and narratives in the Mediterranean dialogue and their influence on recent developments".



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