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The project Forming Responsible Citizens (FRC) aims at reinforcing the role of schools as the main vehicle for the transmission of values of sustainable and inclusive development, freedom and gender equality values and to promote these values through the development of a renewed civic education curriculum in Morocco and Tunisia
The FRC is based on four main consecutive stages, each of them being the premise of the following one, namely:
|Stage One||Conduct of diagnostic study|
|Stage Two||Design curriculum/ pedagogical material|
|Stage Three||Training of teachers|
|Stage Four||Implementation of the new curriculum (Pilot project)|
The diagnostic document aims, not only at filling the research and analysis gap in the field of citizenship education, but also, at establishing the basis of the design of the new pedagogical material, adapted to each country.
The diagnostic is a specific country based qualitative research; A specific guideline document are elaborate aiming at systematizing instructions for the researchers involved in the diagnostic study (Stage 1), thus providing common standards for the three countries.
To carry out the diagnostic study, local experts, coordinated by the international expert and supervised by local partners, follow four phases:
collection, review and analysis of relevant document about citizenship education and in particular their relation with gender issues, equality between boys and girls; this included general funding documents, such as the constitution, as well as education guidelines and school manuals currently used in primary and secondary schools.
On the basis of the findings of the desk review and the guidelines, the experts selects some areas where to carry out interviews, focus groups in order to collect qualitative relevant information. The collection of information takes place in different areas of each county, which represent also different context/situation (urban, rural, rich and poor areas). Different stakeholders are also mobilised (teachers, school directors, students, families, education authorities, civil society, teachers trainers) in order to recollect qualitative information about citizenship education within the formal schools system, targeting secondary schools, and in particular also focusing about gender equality issues, equality values and relations among boys , girls, men and women and how there are perceived in their community, including the persistence of stereotypical issues.
The experts organize all the information collected and analyse them in the light of the purpose of the study: a better use of citizenship education in school to prevent violence, in particular towards girls and women.
Spain, Catalonia: Ideaborn
Tunisia: Social Development & Empowerment Centre / SDEC (Hammamet)
Morocco: Moroccan Centre for Civic Education /MCCE (Casablanca)
Labeled by Union for Mediterranean
And financing by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway,
& the Principality of Monaco