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Ideal for AP, TAG, and independent study students, the contest relates to global civic education, social studies, world history, English, and Human Geography with focus on culture, civility and leadership.

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Entry forms due: Nov. 30, 2011

Essays due: March 15, 2012

The contest presents knowledge needed to excel in today’s global environment as related to 21st Century Skills:

  • Learn why an Iowa town was named after an Arab Muslim freedom fighter.
  • Evaluate the significance of Emir Abdelkader’s life and his struggles during peace, war, imprisonment, and exile as applied to today’s world.
  • Combine history and cultural understanding while supporting positive moral and social skills.
  • Utilize analytical, innovative and resourceful thinking beyond the facts.

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” target=”_blank”>In Their Own Words…Excerpts From 2011 Winning Abd el-Kader Essays

“>For more information about the Abd el-Kader Essay Contest