English Committee for Dialogue and Communication

E.C.D.C. Conceptual Framework Guidelines
Target audience: E.C.D.C. Administrative Office. Objectives: Discussion, decision, and action.

Assessing ECDC achievements and making right decisions:

Since the beginning of its foundation on the 28th April, 2006, ECDC has witnessed some-not to say many- changes on the level of project works and organization. Yet there hasn’t been approximately any basic development in our conceptions, vision, and common understanding of our objectives and framework. Yes, many works have been performed and proved the physical existence of our committee among students; however, the obscure and incomprehensible identity of our body reveals the weakness of our soul and consequently exposes our project- if it deserves to be called as such- to risk and decline. We need to make sure all ECDC members have learned common conceptual framework guidelines by heart so that we can have a coherent body and deserve to be called ‘committee’ or ‘organization’. To overcome this dilemma, it’s urgent for any INTERESTED member to talk, collectively with other members, over all the problems we consider to be serious and pressing. Such talk should consider figuring out practical and reasonable solutions to each problem provided that any suggestion the Administrative Office agrees upon should be backed up with a sense of commitment and responsibility. Any judgment, decision, or action shouldn’t be based on vacuum. ECDC should draw on its historydocuments, reports, drafts, publications-to take a right step forward. Archiving any action taken by ECDC, collectively or individually, is of paramount importance in rating our development, checking the points that need improvement, and make the right decision(s) for the phase to come.

Containing differences philosophy of work:





Since the outset, ECDC has been communicative in nature. It hasn’t had no pre-set ideas or ideology about who specifically to address and what discourse to adopt. Yet, communication has taken place openly, safely, effectively, and successfully. The secret behind this will be the key word to contain the differences around us and build up our philosophy of work. The experiences we have accumulated since the rise of this project are enough to know what discourse to opt for among many other discourses. Most of the mainstream discourses on the field seem to advocate ideology, politics, revolution, fanaticism, racism, extremism, exclusivism…etc. These have proved their failure in establishing a positive rapport between themselves and their audience/students. The right choice is therefore the one we have been practicing without being aware; it is the one that addresses the other as a part of ourselves, not as an enemy to overpower. If you noticed, most of us feel happy expressing his mind in English and listening to others taking their turn in lovely and respectful manners. It’s here where the secret lies: A mutual interaction where all parts of communication negotiate and struggle to find out the points of

English Committee for Dialogue and Communication intersection among them- That is, to achieve a common general consensus. We might have been different in details, as in how we look at a particular issue, yet we often feel joined by a common sense of shared values: communication, listening, respect, tolerance, understanding, and other germs of character.

3.Broadening our space and thinking up new horizons:
After we decide on the general philosophy and discourse as pointed to before, much endeavor shall be made to broaden our work space and devise new areas of communication. Central to this objective are membership and partnership. To start with membership, as already explained somewhere, is broken down into three categories: 1st grade member (any member of the Administrative Office who manages one of E.C.D.C. sub-committees), 2nd grade member (any member inside any sub-committee), and 3rd grade member (any member who is not in charge with any responsibility in the committee). This division is based, not on effectiveness and participation, but rather on the tasks/functions and responsibilities assigned to each member. It is recommended that any member, especially those in charge with a high responsibly in the committee, to suggest his or her ideas, plans, and proposals to contribute to the acceleration of E.C.D.C. development from his or her part. It is also advocated that Administrative Office should consider VARIETY in the form and content of E.C.D.C. activities. For instance, A.O. should vary the form and patterns of communication in both Oral and Written activities. Likewise, the content of the topics suggested for discussion should embody the principle of variety and tackle interesting, present and past issues, no matter what category they belong to. Besides, E.C.D.C. should devote much time to think up a plan to widen E.C.D.C. work space. There shouldn’t be such overdependence on one field (which is here Moulay Ismail faculty of arts and humanities) to realize our objectives. WE must establish more forms of partnership and work spaces. Here, I suggest TWO large categories: On-land partnership and On-line partnership. On the On-land level, E.C.D.C. can further enlarge its body by creating as many branches as possible all over Morocco. A very simple plan can be made to realize this objective. If we take by granted that E.C.D.C. constitutes an organic part of O.S.R. (Organization of Student Renewal), the matter will be easy for us to contact O.S.R. members in different branches and offices in Morocco, explain to them the IDEA, have them adopt it and constitute their branches provided that Méknes branch will be the Central Office. If we manage to take this step, E.C.D.C will make a shift from the local level and become national. The process of nationalization is the next phase to think about, so let us overlook any UNREASONABLE feelings as far as the relationship between E.C.D.C. and O.S.R.

English Committee for Dialogue and Communication On the On-line level, ECDC should think forward to start up online relationships with broad partners- individuals, committees, leagues, organizations, associations and schools- to benefit from their experiences and transfer to them our own. Such partnership should be based on common interests, values and concerns. An initial step has been made on this way when we started creating some forums, yet that initiation, and all ECDC works too, still lacks that sense of professionalism and formality. I herby call all ECDC members to exert more and more effort to formalize their work and make it a little bit accurate and legible. I hope these suggestions will be of utility to keep the lamp of our project burning. Thank you.

E.C. D.C. Ex- supervisor Abdelouahed OULGOUT
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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