Morocco is set to host a premier education conference for participants of 85 countries or more next year.
By Adil Bentahar
Rabat – The Moroccan Center for Civic Education will host the 33rd International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) in Marrakech next year, January 6-10. The Moroccan delegation rejoiced at receiving the honor of hosting the world-class educational event when the closing ceremony of the 32nd ICSEI announced it in Stavanger, Norway on January 12.
The first event of its kind in the MENA region and Africa, ICSEI will be hosted in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Council of the Marrakech-Safi region.
ICSEI brings together educational experts, policy makers, researchers, and practitioners from the five major continents to learn from each other about practices and success stories that could benefit students all over the world. The Marrakech ICSEI will focus on “Education, Youth Empowerment, and Sustainable Development: Collaboration between the Global North and South to Improve Education Quality.”
After gathering 836 participants from 85 countries in Norway, ICSEI-Morocco is expected to host about 1,000 participants during the second week of 2020. ICSEI 2020 opportunely coincides with Morocco’s 2015-2030 Strategic Vision. The organizers hope that the event will encourage stakeholders to reflect on their current practices to improve learning conditions and form strong collaborations between the Global North and South.
Hosting the 33rd ICSEI in Morocco may turn over a new leaf in the history of educational relations among the countries of the North and the South. ICSEI-Morocco could serve as a unique opportunity for the kingdom and the Global South to engage in new conversations on school improvement that leverage the communication tools of the 21st century.
It will also expand the conversations between industrialized nations and developing countries on what it means to provide high quality education that promotes cognitive skills as well as socio-emotional competencies.
Having previously met the ICSEI 2020 team and shown tremendous support for the event, the Moroccan Minister of Education Said Amzazi, in a video recording, delivered a speech welcoming ICSEI to Morocco. He described Morocco as a land for quality dialogue.
The vice-president of the council of the Marrakech-Safi region delivered a similar speech highlighting the imperative of educational reform and welcoming delegates to Marrakech.
ICSEI Morocco will enable participants to interact by offering translations in French and Arabic and inviting Arabic and French speakers to submit papers in their languages.