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Organization: Chouala Association for Education and Culture (ACFC)
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

Supported by a set of objectives and principles, Chouala has succeeded in conducting many cultural, social and educational activities and environmental projects targeting children, young people and the public. Such activities and projects have been accomplished thanks to the Association's human and organizational capabilities, good relations at the national, Arab and international levels, capability of making use of all potentials and by the efforts it has been exerting for 30 years to address and advocate for the issues of childhood and youth.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

* Insufficient funding for some of the programmes
* Instability of volunteers; which requires constant training of new members.
* Lack of logistic capabilities; offices, administration and communications.
* Old and traditional culture of the elected municipal and institutional bodies as to the enhancement of nongovernmental associations.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

* Organizing cultural seminars and forums to tackle the issues of: Maghrebi intellect; children; family; public culture; youth; women; immigration; and the different fields of literature, such as poetry, novels, popular Arabic poetry, drama, etc.

* Awareness-raising activities in the areas of education, citizenship, human rights, democracy, women’s issues, environment and social solidarity.

* Educational activities; providing daily services for children and young people and taking part in their everyday life in youth hostels, educational institutions and summer camps, where 3000 children and youths from poor areas are gathered annually during the summer holiday, and accommodated in the camping centres affiliated to the Ministry of Youth.

* Organizing regular gatherings for young people in autumn to exchange views on issues related to citizenship and youth.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?


PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

Chouala is a national organization working for the benefit of all people everywhere. It operates through a network of 70 branches distributed in cities and villages all over the country and has good relations at both the national and international levels; being a founder and member of: the Federation of Moroccan Educational Organizations; the Moroccan Federal Council for Children and Youth Unions; the Moroccan Social Forum; the Moroccan Euro-Mediterranean Network for Nongovernmental Organizations; the Arab NGO Network; the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Human Rights; the Euro-Mediterranean Civil Forum; the Arab Maghreb Children Association; the Arab National Forum; Medforum- The Euro-Medjeunesse; the Arab National Youth Camp

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?


Postal address of organization


E-mail address of organization

chouala@menara.ma

Website address of organization

www.chouala.org

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace


Highest priority country of action (or international)

Morocco

Second priority country of action (or international)

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Organization: Chouala Association for Education and Culture (ACFC)

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