Messages for Europe and North Africa

On the last conference day, we asked some of the participants the outcomes after four days of exchange and collaboration. Agnieszka from Poland, Maartje from the Netherlands, Gihan from Egypt and Gunnar from Norway let us know their messages for Europe and North Africa.



NECE Partners: “What does Europe think?”


A very heated and stimulating debate took place yesterday morning when looking at the way the European press pictures the uprisings in North Africa in the forum 'Brave Muslims finally fighting for Western democracy? Reflections of the Arab Spring in European media'.

Azelarabe Lahkim Bennani

Azelarabe Lahkim Bennani is professor of Modern Philosophy and the Philosophy of Language at the University of Fès in Morocco. It is his first NECE conference.



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 I: "History is constantly rewritten, and this is wonderful!"


The way we remember and how history is written has a direct influence on our society and politics. In the forum History and memory culture and its impact on society and politics the participants discussed, on the basis of current events in North Africa, how history narrates and, at the same time, is also interpreted differently by social groups.

How do we see each other?


In the first panel session of this morning the possibilities for dialogue between Europe and the Mediterranean were considered from the angle of different narratives and images that prevail in our societies about the respective other.

NECE Conference starts today


This years NECE Conference starts today in Córdoba Spain. It will address current phenomena concerning democracy and participation in the face of worldwide processes of change. The developments in the Arab world after the "Arab Spring" in 2011 and the crisis of the EU will be the focus of attention.

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