On the 41st anniversary of the Green March, Mohammed VI has addressed the Moroccan people from Dakar, Senegal in defiance of those handful countries that, now and then, slam the c
Dr Mohamed Chtatou
Dr. Mohamed Chtatou is a Professor of education science at the university in Rabat. He is currently a political analyst with Moroccan, Gulf, French, Italian and British media on politics and culture in the Middle East, Islam and Islamism as well as terrorism. He is, also, a specialist on political Islam in the MENA region with interest in the roots of terrorism and religious extremism. He is teaching Community-Based Learning, Moroccan Jewish Heritage and Amazigh History and Culture to American students at Amideast/Morocco in Rabat, and History of North Africa to IES (Chicago) semester abroad program students, and Introduction to Moroccan Culture and the Arab Spring to CIEE American students and, also, interpersonal and business communication as well as translation and interpreting at the Institute for Leadership and Communication Studies (ILCS) in Rabat, Morocco. During 2015 he worked as Program Director with the USAID/CHEMONICS educational project entitled: “Reading for Success: a Small Scale Experimentation” in cooperation with the Moroccan Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP). He was born in the Amazigh village of Ajdir, which is situated north of Taza (Rif Mountains), in a French colonial prison in 1952 because his parents were imprisoned for being Liberation Army officers fighting French colonialism for Moroccan Independence. He graduated from Mohammed V University in English studies, with honors in 1976, then went to England where he did a General Diploma in theoretical linguistics at University College London in 1977. In 1980 he got an MPhil from the School of Oriental and African Studies –SOAS- of the University of London in Amazigh Studies, and in 1982 a PhD in Amazigh language and anthropology. From 1983 to 1987, he worked for Peace Corps Morocco as Language and Cross-Culture Coordinator and later on as Project Director. He served several times as inter-port lecturer in Middle East politics and culture with the Semester at Sea program of Pittsburgh University. In 1987, he joined the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization –ISESCO- where he worked until 2013 as a program specialist and later on as a director at the Directorate of Education (worked on functional literacy, women empowerment, education planning, curriculum design, teacher training, education of rural women and girls, special education, higher education, etc,),then director at the Directorate of Culture (worked on dialogue of cultures, inter-faith dialogue, women in development, cultural production, etc.) and directo rat the Directorate of External Relations and Cooperation (worked on cooperation with UN agencies, UNESCO, Alliance of Civilizations, WHO, FAO, UNFPA, etc.). During his work for ISESCO, he set up educational programs to teach peace and combat religious radicalism among the youth in various countries of the Muslim World. He also trained trainers in this particular course and helped design specific curriculum. He lectured in education at the Faculté des Sciences de l’Education of Mohammed V University since 1996. He has conducted over 200 trainings in education, literacy, women empowerment, culture and development in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has published several books on language and culture and over 80 articles in Arabic, French, English, Italian and Spanish in his areas of specialization.