Children in Dreams of their Future Competences

A project by Lillehammer University College, Norway

Projects

Overview over ongoing projects

Parallel with our supporting activities, we are engaged in and are planning nine different research projects administered by Lillehammer University College in collaboration with University of Cady Ayyad (UCA) and Norwegian Academy of Music:

  • Children in dreams of their future competences – a pilot project (2011-2013)
    • Corresponding person: Pär Nygren, e-mail: par.nygren@hil.no
    • Researchers: Bjarne Øvrelid, Frank Bruun and Pär Nygren.
    • General information: The project addressed questions like: What kind of dreams do children in Ait Abdi have concerning their education, future work, family, home, and friends? What kind of competences do they think that they must develop in order to realize their dreams, and what kind of possible obstacles do they think can stop them from realizing these dreams? Children, teachers and parents were interviewed. The experiences from this pilot project serves as the background and inspiration for the initiative of a collaboration with UCA in Marrakech and for the other eight projects presented below. Results are planned to be officially published in 2014.
  • Children´s development of their every day practices and competences in the tension between tradition and modernity – Participatory action research in a Berber village in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco (2013 – 2016)
    • Corresponding person: Pär Nygren, e-mail: par.nygren@hil.no
    • Researchers and co-workers: Nisrine Lmariouh, Pär Nygren and Omar Aatabi.
    • The overarching question guiding this project is:  How can action researchers support children and young people in a small Berber village (Ait Abdi) in the Atlas Mountain of Morocco to develop and/or change their daily social practices in a way, that support the development of their competences and capabilities in areas considered by themselves as relevant for realizing a good life as children and future adults? The project is focusing on  developing,  trying out and evaluating  new models for everyday local practices designed  to  promote children´s and young people´s learning and competence development. The project will disseminate experiences and results to regional administrative actors. The “Ipad-project” is a part of these action research activities. Methods like questionnaires, participative observations, individual interviews and focus group interviews will be used.
  • Old age, culture and social change in a Berber village in Morocco (2016)
    • Corresponding person: Frank Jarle Bruun, e-mail: frank.jarle.bruun@hil.no
    • This study will investigate the role and identity of elderly people in Ait Abdi and its´ surroundings (i.e. how they see their role in society and how they are seen by others) in the light of ongoing socio-economic changes in the Atlas Mountains. Methods used: interviews and participative observation.
  • Children’s role in a Berber village household – a case study involving three generations (2014-2015)
    • Corresponding person: Frank Jarle Bruun, e-mail: frank.jarle.bruun@hil.no
    • This study will investigate the role and identity of young school children in Ait Abdi and surroundings (i.e. how they see their role in the household and society as well as how they are seen by others) from a three-generation perspective, taking into account the ongoing socio-economic changes in the Atlas Mountains. Methods used: interviews and participative observation.
  • Disability, culture and social change in a Berber village (2015-2016)
    • Corresponding person: Frank Jarle Bruun, e-mail: frank.jarle.bruun@hil.no
    • In this project we attempts to study the role and identity of disabled people in the area (i.e. how they see their role in society and how they are seen by others) in the light of ongoing socio-economic changes in the High Atlas Mountains. Methods used: interviews and participative observation.
  • Transitional experiences among children and youth in Morocco (2014-2015)
    • Corresponding person: Bjarne Øvrelid, e-mail: Bjarne.ovrelid@hil.no
    • This project is concerned with development in self-perception, aspirations, personal and collective concerns for the future among children and youth in Morocco. This is a case study based on interviews and observation among children and youth in Ait Abdi, a little village in the High Atlas situated outside Marrakech. The study will emphasize two aspects concerning child an adolescent development:
      • The transition from childhood to adolescence
      • The transition from traditional to modern society
  • A human being, nothing less! A socio-cultural situated biography of a Moroccan (2014-2015)
    • Corresponding person: Pär Nygren, e-mail: par.nygren@hil.no
    • Co-worker: Omar Aatabi
    • The objective of this socio-cultural biographic project is to reconstruct the personal life history (Narratives) of a man, comparatively paralleled by the life histories of his parents and sister and brothers, in order to understand the socio-cultural transition with accompanying tension between tradition and modernity in Morocco in the period of 1915 – 2013. The focus is on how this historical period of Morocco, with its´ transitions and tensions between tradition and modernity, is manifested and embodied in the life trajectories of persons born in the small Berber village Ait Abdi in the Atlas Mountains. Methods: interview.
  •  Sensations of a Berber village. – Every day life in Ait Abdi (a photo book) (2013-2014) The book was launched in Ait Abdi 28.2.2015 – go here to order a copy!
    • Corresponding person: Pär Nygren, e-mail: par.nygren@hil.no
    • Co-workers: Anne-Li Engström and Omar Aatabi.
    • This project is closely related to the other 8 projects in Ait Abdi. It can be seen as a part of the dissemination from these projects, since it uses photographs documenting the everyday life of the inhabitants in the village supplied with quotes from the interviews in the pilot project (see above).
    • One objective is to supplement the data from the other projects with photographs of the people everyday life while they participate in different social practices, e.g. school, work etc., in order to give a more fully picture of these people´s lives.  Most of the older inhabitants cannot read. The other object is therefore to give the inhabitants of Ait Abdi a gift, documenting their culture and identity beyond what can be obtained trough the written language, and in a way that gives them the opportunity to be proud of their village and their culture. The profit form selling the book in Morocco and the Scandinavian countries will unabridged accrue to the local association of the village, Tidoukla.
  • Young people´s cultural practices and identities in the tension between tradition and modernity  (2014-2017)
    • Corresponding person: Steinar Ofsdal, e-mail: : steinar@ofsdal.no
    • Co-worker: Omar Aatabi.
    • This project is a follow up of the earlier collaboration on exchange of young folklore music talents from the Norwegian Academy of Music and Alhaouz. As a cultural exchange project it will focus on the Berber folklore music in and around Ait Abdi. The aim is to support the possibilities for young musicians from Norway and Alhaouz to learn form each other concerning how to preserve and strengthen traditional values and culture in a rapid changing society. Methods: as a part of their musical education, students from the Norwegian Academy of Music yearly visit Ait Abdi and other small villages in Alhaouz in order to promote the organization of local musical networks of young talented musicians from Alhaouz, and to be involved in joint musical activities in order to learn from each other and strengthen the cultural identities and folklore music traditions in both countries.

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