Historic Gathering in Morocco

by | Mar 20, 2020 | Uncategorized

Dear friends,

Last week, Hardwired Global, in collaboration with Essaouira Mogador Association, hosted a gathering for Ministry of Education officials and teachers from around the world in Essaouira, Morocco to promote pluralism and respect for the rights of people of diverse faiths among children.

Essaouira Mogador Association was founded in 1992 by Mr. Andre Azoulay to promote dialogue between cultures and peace between peoples. The Association leads efforts on programs and events in Essaouira — a historically religiously and ethnically diverse region in the Kingdom of Morocco — to build friendship and solidarity among Moroccans and its visitors.

Andre Azoulay (in the image below with Hardwired President Tina Ramirez), welcomed guests to the gathering.  As one of the most prominent Jewish leaders in the region and the Senior Advisor to the King of Morocco, his support was inspiring.  He shared, In this time, so regressive and archaic, being Moroccan is a privilege because I feel so rich by sharing with you that when the world is splitting and there this kind of rhetoric of break between religions, civilizations, between cultures…if you’re still able to say that in place of denying anything or anyone, we as a Moroccan country… we are in this logic of adding, not splitting.”

He continued, “Morocco is doing well because we have made our cultural, historical and spiritual diversity – as the engine of our modern society – and let me tell you that it works.”

The gathering brought together leaders from countries like Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Morocco and South Sudan who have participated in our teacher-training program and piloted it in their schools.  It also brought leaders from Oman, Mali, Pakistan, and Tunisia who are looking for ways to counter the ideas of intolerance, hate, and violence among children.     

It was the first conference to not only address the challenge of how to help children become resilient against extremist thinking, but to provide models and resources that have been tested and proven by stakeholders to make a positive impact among children.

In a press release prior to the event, Tina Ramirez, the Founder of Hardwired Global, notes that “Hardwired’s approach to resolving and mitigating religion-related conflict is grounded in our work across more than 30 countries in diverse regions around the world. We recognize that understanding the root causes of conflict — the fears, misconceptions and biases held by those involved — is integral to long-term resolution.

She continued, “We look forward to sitting with leaders from around the globe and exploring how, together, we can utilize the education system to promote pluralism and better support students in their journeys to combat extremism.

Mr. Azoulay shared, “Tina, when you decided to organize this meeting here and to address this issue of peace plurality, peace diversity, and peace as an issue that needs also, not only to be done by politicians or by diplomats, but has to be one of the priority, one of the key items, because we need it vitally in all of our education systems. Education will provide the answers we need, we are looking for. Because politics is no longer able to address those issues.” 

In a press release prior to the event, Tina Ramirez, the Founder of Hardwired Global, notes that “Hardwired’s approach to resolving and mitigating religion-related conflict is grounded in our work across more than 30 countries in diverse regions around the world. We recognize that understanding the root causes of conflict — the fears, misconceptions and biases held by those involved — is integral to long-term resolution.

She continued, “We look forward to sitting with leaders from around the globe and exploring how, together, we can utilize the education system to promote pluralism and better support students in their journeys to combat extremism.

Mr. Azoulay shared, “Tina, when you decided to organize this meeting here and to address this issue of peace plurality, peace diversity, and peace as an issue that needs also, not only to be done by politicians or by diplomats, but has to be one of the priority, one of the key items, because we need it vitally in all of our education systems. Education will provide the answers we need, we are looking for. Because politics is no longer able to address those issues.” 

Educators, like Aya from Jordan (shown above), shared how they piloted Hardwired’s curricula in their schools.  And officials, who supported the implementation among schools in their country, offered best practices to help other leaders gathered learn more about the ways they can implement the program in their country.

As a result, more countries have invited Hardwired to conduct teacher-training programs in their country and expand our work to spread pluralism and respect for the rights of others around the world through education.

I invite you to watch the stories of impact on children around the world by visiting our website today using the link above. You will be inspired by their powerful message of hope.