2019 Abdelkader Prize for Educators

Congratulations 2019 Winners!

“A student reflected: ‘It was interesting to learn about another historical figure that has not been included in textbooks.’ Going through this process was such a great learning experience for me. I researched and read about the Emir and can easily see how his story connects to the curriculum. After reading the NY Times obituary, I thought of how students could write their own obituary for him as yet another activity. I like the lesson online that compares Abdelkader to Gandhi and Washington (how about Mandela?) and feel that could be modified to fit NY State curriculum standards of writing an Enduring Issues Essay. Long story, short, this is a man who impacted many and deserves to be taught!”

Christina Cone
Smithtown High School West
Smithtown, New York


“The students learned the story of Abdelkader and worked to identify his core values while imagining how these characteristics could be portrayed as musical elements. Further discovery led students to uncover their own core values and explore how they would live out these values in their everyday lives.”

Jennifer Larson
Decorah Middle School
Decorah, Iowa


From Jennifer Blanchard Sayed’s student in the assignment:
Myth and Facts: What did you learn about the society that Abdelkder lived in?

Jennifer Blanchard Sayed
City Lab High School
Irving, Texas


In 2019, the Abdelkader Education Project (AEP), in partnership with the Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College, invited middle and high school teachers, and college and university faculty to adapt and use AEP’s educational resources in their classrooms.

AEP curricula suits learning objectives in history, social studies, geography, military, religion, biography, or leadership classrooms. Winners implemented 3 lessons about the life story and legacy of Emir Abdelkader, including contemporary connections and offered feedback on the experience.

Since 2009, AEP has held the Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize for high school and college students across the U.S., awarding over 60 student monetary prizes. The 2020 Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize contest for students is open. Learn more here.

Kathy Garms and John Kiser, AEP Co-founders, with student essay winners from Texas, Iowa, and N.J. 2017.