Next Phase of Tanweer in Jordan: Community Engagement Roundtable included a wide Array of Integral Examples from the Trans4m Community

22 November 2018: About 70 community developers from across Jordan, and the world, came together to share functioning models and practices of community engagement, as a vital next step in the process of building up towards an Integral Arts College for Jordan and the Middle East

The community enagement roundtable was co-hosted by Ahliyyah School for Girls (ASG) and Bishop’s School for Boys (BSA), and covenend and opened by their superintendent H.E. Haifa Najjar. The roundtable is part of the Tanweer (Renaissance) Initative, guided by the vision of creating a new educational model for Jordan and to drive integralrenewal of educational and societal systems culminating in the establishment of an Integral Arts College.The Tanweer initiative sees itsself as a response to a pressing need to review Jordan’s and international educational paradigmscritically, and to tear down walls of isolation between society and the educational system.

Community Engagement was identified as one of five central dimensions of an integral educational paradigm – and this workshop served as bring together some of the best community engagement initiatives from Jordan and abroad.

Through the roundtable, key aspects of a future community engagement program that the convening schools (ASG and BSA) as well as the envisioned Integral Arts College aspire to integrate, were surfaced. Main themes of the workshop were: Sharing of voices from the community; experiencing cultural and artistic community engagement spaces; learning about community mobilising; and social responsibility.

After a wide range of impressive Jordanian cases were presented, Trans4m was invited to share some key community engagement practices from its local global integral community, including: the CARE-process underpinning the Community Building activities of MedLabs in Jordan; the Trans4m Junior Fellowship Program active around the world; the Communiversity Case developed in Zimbabwe; the community engagement case of Providence Human Capital and its Rumoko Circles from Zimbabwe; and the Pakistani case of Akhuwat and its Soulidarity Circles.

The engaged and interactive workshop was seen as a milestone within the Tanweer process, leading directly to a design workshop in January 2019, aiming to develop concrete designs of the emerging Integral Arts College and the surrounding institutional “E-College-Y”.

More to come soon!