“Education lies at the heart of creating a shared memory which consolidates the concept of ‘coexistence’. Schools play an essential role in forging a sense of belonging to a community based on the values of equality, citizenship and mutual respect”, stated DSG Delphine Borione.
Tunis, 20 October 2016. – In partnership with Ideaborn, the Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat organised a regional workshop entitled “School as a key vehicle for the prevention of violence and promotion of gender equality values” at the Institut Français in Tunis.
This workshop was organised as part of “Forming Responsible Citizens”, an UfM-labelled project that has been implemented with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway and the Principality of Monaco’s government.
In the presence of the Tunisian Minister for Women, Children and Family Affairs, Her Excellency Neziha Labidi, and various European, Moroccan and Tunisian authorities, the workshop presented results of studies carried out in Morocco and Tunisia based on the role of citizenship education in schools and its impact on promoting a culture of equality and non-violence.. The stakeholders involved also discussed the best strategies and necessary tools for restoring the role of schools as key vehicles for the prevention of juvenile violence and the promotion of the principles and values of gender equality, as well as reinforcing the role of key stakeholders including the student’s parents and students themselves.
The workshop presented national strategies for both countries on the subject, as well as the best practices in the Euro-Mediterranean region with the aim of enhancing and improving the project’s intervention logic.
The project “Forming Responsible Citizens” was implemented in partnership with the Moroccan Center for Civic Education (MCCE) and the Tunisian Social Development and Empowerment Center (SDEC), with the aim of contributing towards the reinforcement of civic values in young people and establishing schools as the key vehicles in the prevention of violence and the dissemination of citizenship and gender equality values. In order to do this, a curriculum guide on citizenship education has been designed in cooperation with the relevant public authorities and has been trialled in 20 pilot schools, as well as the development of a training programme for teachers and students.