Farah Cherif D’Ouezzan is the Founder and Director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Learning, as well as the President of Thaqafat Association.
Farah studied Comparative Literature and Religions at the Mohammed Vth University in Rabat and started her career as an Arabic teacher to non-native speakers at the school for International Training (SIT) and Marlboro College, in Vermont, USA and in various French and Moroccan schools in Morocco. Farah became involved in teaching, training, and researching in the fields of education, cross-cultural education, comparative religion, Human Rights Education, Volunteerism, Youth Participation in Civil Society, Conflict Resolution and curricula development. In this capacity, she has participated in workshops, conferences and seminars in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the USA. She also has contributed in the editorial team of textbooks and wrote a few articles in these fields in both English and Arabic.
Her academic research has led her to conducting modules, seminars and workshops on religion and culture in Morocco for all CCCL programs as well as for partner organizations and universities abroad. She has contributed in writing a few articles in the field of Comparative Religion with a focus on Islam, Women’s issues in Islam as well as studies of the religious texts in the Abrahamic faiths.
Farah has worked as a freelance expert trainer in the field of non-formal education, and a consultant with several national and international organizations, such as the Council of Europe, Adyan Foundation, Anna-Lindh Foundation, UNV-UNDP, INGO-UNDPI.
The Center for Cross-Cultural Learning (CCCL) founded in 1995 aims at offering programs to groups and individuals to learn about the Moroccan culture.
Building bridges between cultures, bringing people together to learn from each other, respecting humanity, and recognizing the potential of youth are the core objectives of CCCL.
I will focus on five axes in which CCCL contributes to empower youth and enhance employability as well as share the best practices.
- Create jobs based on our industry, mainly study abroad and educational tourism.
- Explore the potential of Morocco and find ways to make the culture -embodied in people- a source for employability
- Select from the resources to employ young people, help them develop their skills to make them compatible with the needs of CCCL, and offer them an on-going training.
- Highlight the human dimension of our employees. We support them and stimulate them to learn from participants’ evaluations to adapt the training and expand our program development.
- Be up-to-date of the changes occurring in clients, cultures, the youth, in order to adjust the approach of the training and the program components.
Our work is a constant learning process but our values are the same.