CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES
Sidi Moumen Cultural Center and Neighborhoods Association Idmaj offer a variety of different opportunities including many classes and activities as well as summer camps. Classes include sports, mathematics, physics, exam preparation, tutoring, computer technology, and English and French language courses for children and adults. They also offer creative art classes such as theater, dance, sewing, painting, music, guitar, drums, and marching band.
WORKSHOPS AND PROJECTS
Idmaj holds a variety of different workshops and projects including the Al Mowaten and Social Mediation projects. Al Mowaten << The Citizen >> is a project developed by Neighborhoods Association Idmaj in partnership with the British Embassy in Rabat to foster citizenship education to youth and women from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Casablanca. Through workshops on leadership, good citizenship and family mediation, beneficiaries of the program developed skills in solving conflicts and fighting violence in a civic way. The Social Mediation project is a 12 month program that aims to educate individuals on the Mudawana (Family Law), and provide them with conflict-resolution and social mediation skills to prevent violence in schools and resolve day-to-day family and community problems. Idmaj also offers workshops on public speaking, leadership and volunteerism.
Idmaj is also participating in several intercultural projects and exchanges with schools in the United States such as the Global Voices project with Syracuse University and the School2School project with Grand Rapids high school.
GLOBAL VOICES PROJECT
Sidi Moumen Cultural Center has a long standing and quite wonderful project with Syracuse University and Baker high school linking Moroccan students with American students in producing photos, essays and short videos. Our joint Photo Voice and Literacy project bring together students from Morocco and USA, via skype, social media, and email, in order to help them develop research, reading, writing, comprehension, and cultural literacy skills. We believe that our project will become a template for other communities, in our two countries and elsewhere, to learn about each other’s cultures and values and to implement future iterations of such programs to help students become better citizens of the world.
SCHOOL-TO-SCHOOL PROJECT WITH GRHS
For the second consecutive year, students from Sidi Moumen Cultural Center and Grand Rapids High School are engaging in virtual classroom-to-classroom exchanges. The core element of the S-2-S experience is for students from both sides to learn about each other’s cultures through taking part in bi-weekly Skype sessions, producing and sharing videos, engaging in parallel activities and having a pen pal relationship with a peer from the partner school. The topics for discussion include: Youth participation in social issues, diversity in our communities, day-to-day life, environmental concerns and planning for the future.