What We Do
Advocate for cultural understanding
- Collaborate with partners to increase cultural understanding
- Coordinate efforts & programs that advance cultural knowledge
Educate future leaders
- Develop curriculum for distribution to educators & students
- Augment existing social studies & history with perspectives from multiple cultures
Promote a model humanitarian
- Present the life and times of the Emir to a global audience
- Prioritize the Emir as the central figure of our organization
The Abdelkader Education Project (AEP) believes everyone must work together to protect and unify our shared society at a time when it is threatened by division. We live this belief by advocating for cultural knowledge, educating leaders, and promoting the Emir Abd el-Kader as a model humanitarian.
We advocate for cultural understanding and educate leaders through curriculum development, scholarship contests, and community engagements. Our curriculum, created by experienced educators, is designed to educate students of history and social studies from sixth grade to the university level about different cultures. The lessons can be downloaded free of charge on our website. We provide scholarships to students and educators through annual prize contests that require applicants to demonstrate an interest in cultural understanding. Finally, we engage the community by participating in various events that enable us to present our material to broad audiences.
The Emir Abd el-Kader is a model of humanitarianism and civility. We promote his life as an example of unity in a world afflicted with division. The Emir is a central and consistent theme in our educational material, scholarship contests, presentations, and community engagements.
"Emir Abdelkader's strong moral character has had the most effect on my life. Reading about his life has helped me come to see Muslims in a whole new light, and I only wish that I could show others my new perspective as well."
— Bob Spielbauer
2011 Elkader High School essay winner
"Abdelkader's jihad provides Muslims with a much needed antidote to the toxic false jihads of today dominated by anger, violence and politics."
— Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
"The Abdelkader Education Project provides opportunities for people across this globe to engage in the important and urgent work of building civility, enhancing cultural and religious literacy, and fostering mutual understanding among peoples. In a deeply divided world, the witness of Emir Abdelkader, who was a bridge-builder, is exemplary."
— Kathryn Lohre
Assistant to the Presiding Bishop, Executive, Ecumencal and Inter-Religious Relations, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago IL