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Farah CHERIF D’OUEZZAN

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Farah Cherif D’Ouezzan has a degree in Arabic Language and Literature, in Comparative Literature and Religion from the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences at Mohamed V University in Rabat, Morocco as well as from the International Women’s University in Hanover, Germany.

She is currently the Founder and Director of the Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL), as well as the President of Thaqafat Association Morocco, and has served since April 2014 to May 2017 as President of the Federation Experiment in International Living (FEIL).

Farah started her career as an Arabic teacher to non-native speakers since 1989 at the school for International Training (SIT) and Marlboro College, in Vermont, USA and in various French and Moroccan schools in Morocco.  She has also been involved in the training of the Arabic teachers of SIT Study Abroad Morocco since 1992, taught Arabic classes in various semesters and has elaborated textbooks for the teaching of Arabic for SIT Study Abroad Morocco programs.  She has also been a co-Director of the SIT Study Abroad semester program off and on since 1993 until 2013, and a lecturer on Gender and Religion as well as an advisor to several students in their Independent Study Projects.

Her academic interest has led her to conducting modules, seminars and workshops on religion and culture in Morocco for all CCCL programs.  She teaches SIT students in Morocco a course on Religion in which she lectures about women and the veil, Mary in the Qur’an, Islam and Human Rights and Sufism in Morocco.

She also conducts the pro-seminar for the BU study abroad students in Morocco related to the service learning and internship courses.

Since 2003, Farah has been involved with the Council of Europe Directorate of Youth and Sports, the Anna-Lindh Foundation, Adyan Foundation and the Euro-Med organization, as a freelance trainer, a consultant andan expert in the field of Intercultural Learning, Human Rights Education, Youth Participation in Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, and trainings for trainers in different fields of non-formal education in three languages (Arabic, French and English).  In this capacity, she has participated in workshops, conferences and seminars in several countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She also has contributed in the editorial team of textbooks for those organizations in both English and Arabic.

Active in civil society and founding member of Thaqafat association, Moroccan national office of the Federation of Experiment in International Living, she developed summer programs for World Learning High School students whose aims is to introduce youngsters to Arab and Muslim culture through community service projects and initiation to Arabic and Tamazight (Berber) languages.  One of her main achievement in Thaqafat is structuring a culture of formal volunteerism in Morocco aiming to enhance cooperation in the area of volunteerism between Morocco and international NGOs.

Thaqafat association is actively involved in the National projects of volunteerism with the UN-Volunteers (UNDP), as well as a member of the Anna Lindh Foundation network.

Farah is married and a mother of a 23 year old daughter.