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Global Classrooms and Cultural Connections for the 21st Century Learners: Morocco’s Bountiful

October 15th 2013

Bird's eye view of a small part of the Morocco global classrooms centerThe University of New Haven (UNH) was awarded a Fulbright-Hays- Group Projects Abroad Program (GPA) Short Term Seminar Project to implement their “Global Classrooms and Cultural Connections for the 21st Century Learners: Morocco’s Bountiful Perspectives” program of study. In an effort to develop cultural sensitivity and global awareness, this Fulbright-Hays GPA will immerse a group of 12 pre-service educators from UNH and practicing Connecticut K-12 teachers and administrators  in a four-week intensive study program in Morocco. The Group members will be accompanied and led by two faculty members from UNH specializing respectively in the Arabic language and Education. Participants will receive over forty hours of Arabic language instruction, will develop curriculum projects in area studies consistent with the Common Core Standards, and will form global partnerships with Moroccan educators.

As a participant in this exciting Fulbright Hayes sponsored program you will be provided with the opportunity to engage in a carefully designed sequence of classroom lectures with professors from Al Akhawayn University (AUI) and surrounding areas and engage in collegial dialogues with fellow educators as well as educators from Connecticut and from Morocco. AUI is a very prestigious university in Morocco. Much needed time for quiet reflection, completion of assignments, and blogging with USA based project leaders will also be provided.

Participants will also be provided with opportunities to visit the imperial cities of Rabat, Fes, Meknes and Marrakesh. These opportunities will allow participants to explore the historical and cultural heritage of the country while reflecting on their own identities as educators and global citizens.

Morocco is rich in history, civilization and culture. Its strategic location at the crossroads between Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic spheres has provided this country with unique and authentic characteristics that have increased its cultural and linguistic diversity. Throughout centuries, Arabs and Amazigh, Muslims, Christians and Jews have lived together in peace, offering examples of acceptance and tolerance. Morocco also shares some common features with most countries of the Middle East such as the Arabic language and the predominance of Islam as a majority religion. In addition, Morocco has its “roots” in Africa and its culture is marked by various exchanges with African countries. These unique characteristics underlie the choice of Morocco as a destination.

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