ICSEI 2020

33rd International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement

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The conference will be hosted by the Moroccan Center for Civic Education in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Training, and Scientific Research, and the Regional Council of Marrakech-Safi Region. This will be the first time the conference is being held in Africa. The time is right for such an encounter because it occurs at a juncture when Africa and other developing nations seek genuine collaboration to achieve sustainable quality school improvement for all.

Participants from about 80 countries will get together for the first time in Africa and the Arab region to share experience and exchange knowledge and best practices on quality education and school improvement. Under the theme: “Education, Youth Empowerment, and Sustainable Development: Collaboration between the Global North and South to Improve Education Quality”, policy makers, researchers, civil society leaders and practitioners will meet to develop shared priorities for collaboration between the global North and South that is focused on improving education quality for all.

The conference will be hosted in Ryad Mogador Palace Hotel and Palais De Congres, located in the heart of Marrakech. The venue is 10 minutes from the airport, the famous Jamaa El Fna Square and other attractions.

Please make sure you plan a few days before or after the conference as there is no better place for an intellectual retreat that doubles as a dream vacation than Marrakech.

We look forward to meeting you all at ICSEI 2020 in Marrakech.

El Arbi Imad, Mohammed Elmeski
ICSEI 2020 Co-chairs


New Submission Deadline

Key Dates

Proposals are coming in very quickly from across the globe as the submission deadline approaches. Due to the enthusiastic response, coupled with multiple requests to allow for just a bit more time during this busy period, the deadline has been extended to June 30th, 2019.

Thank you to all those who have already submitted proposals and we look forward to welcoming you to Marrakesh!

1 March 2019 Call for Proposals
30 June 2019 Proposal Submission Deadline
June 2019 Registration Opens
6 Aug 2019 Notification of Successful Proposals
30 November 2019 Deadline for Registration

Keynote Speakers

Aicha Bah Diallo
Former Minister of Education in Guinea and former Assistant
Director General for Education in UNESCO
Keynote speech
Kathryn Riley
Professor of Urban Education, UCL,
Institute of Education
London, UK
Keynote speech
Kouider Mokhtari
Professor of Literacy Education,
Anderson-Vukelja-Wright Endowed Chair,The University of Texas at Tyler
Keynote speech
Gender equity and youth empowerment: Maximizing the global South demographic dividend How to create schools which are places of welcome and belonging for all The Global Imperative of Investing in Early Childhood Learning: Pathways to Educational Quality and Equity for Young Children Across the Globe


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