Educators Contests

2021 Abdelkader Prizes for Educators

Emir Abdelkader (1807-1883)
Teacher for the World

The contest deadline has passed. check back soon to see this year's winners!

The Abdelkader Education Project (AEP) invites individual educators or a team of teachers to adapt AEP’s educational resources for their classrooms.


Criteria for Entry

Based upon the life story and values of Emir Abdelkader, coupled with contemporary connections, educators will:

  • Adapt AEP curricula (see "Educational Resources")
  • Implement at least two lesson plans based upon AEP curricula; for more guidance please see the AEP Lesson Plan Format.
  • Provide teacher's reflections and student feedback on the experience


Educators of grades 6-12, teaching in Iowa.


AEP Resources

Materials are adaptable for social studies, history, government, civics, sociology, geography, political science, philosophy, religion, biography, theatre, the military, and leadership development.

Please see our teaching guides and curricula.

We are available to help you craft teaching units.


Why teach Abdelkader in Iowa?

You'll be able to share with your students a little known fact about America's heartland, show history through the lens of the conquered, challenge stereotypes and encourage critical thinking, social emotional  learning, and a broader perspective on history.

Why is Emir Abdelkader important today?

Abdelkader’s legacy serves as a model of cultural and religious diversity, harmony and respectful engagement. He was a freedom fighter whose ethical leadership, statesmanship and moral courage continue to inspire across the globe today.

Respected from Missouri to Moscow to Mecca, Abdelkader was an Arab Muslim hero from Algeria and known as a courageous humanitarian, scholar, statesman, and warrior. He was admired by President Lincoln, Queen Victoria, Pope Pius IX and countless Muslims and non-Muslims from many nationalities, religions, and social classes. In 1846, an Iowa settlement was named in his honor. In 1860, he saved thousands of Christians in Damascus; and upon his death in 1883, The New York Times eulogized, “The nobility of his character won him the admiration of the world… He was one of the few great men of the century.” Emir Abdelkader is remembered as an esteemed humanitarian, ethical military leader and religious scholar, and a founding spirit of the International Red Cross. His relevance for our global society today transcends culture and faith traditions.