By Youssef El Kaidi
By Youssef El Kaidi
Morocco World News
Fez, March 25, 2013
The Association of Moroccan Alumni (AMA) is to hold a five-days training program for the youth on project management and leadership skills in Tiznt, in southern Morocco from 11 through 16 April. AMA is a body of about 34 educators from around Morocco who are graduates of the Teacher Education Institute of the University of the Middle East (UME) in Boston, USA.
AMA members work in collaboration with the UME to professionally develop and promote education in Morocco through the implementation of training programs and the organizations of events in various parts of the country. Among the events organized by AMA are: Train the trainer in Bouznika 2006, Civic Engagement workshop in Rabat 2007, IDEA–Med in Barcalona, Spain 2008, collaborative Art Initiative (CAI) in Rabat and Tiznit 2009, Tiznit-Somerville sister cities partnership 2009, 2011 in Tiznit and Somerville, Boston.
AMA also promotes the youth in various schools and works in collaboration with the US embassy and other partners for the engagement of the youth in their communities. The Youth-Led Projects Initiative Program aims at empowering 40 high school students from 10 different regions of the kingdom with a wide variety of leadership skills. Team building, communication skills, critical thinking, conflict management and civic and political engagement are some of the main themes of the training. The benefiting students will also be trained on how to choose ideas, plan, implement and evaluate their own projects.
In a statement to MWN, the president of AMA Ms Samira Idelcadi said: “Through this program, we target high school students because, in AMA, we see that most training programs of this kind target university students at the expense of high school students. Our program, thus, came to fill this gap. We are willing to implement many more other projects like this one to promote the youth and education in Morocco but unfortunately we always stumble at the lack of financial support. Our education system is, in fact, in dire need of such initiatives and the contribution of NGOs and associations in this respect should be encouraged for the best of our country.”