By Khaled Driouch
By Khaled Driouch
Tinghir, Morocco – “We believe that Morocco is a country for all young people, north … Deep South, east and west. We are all together here today to say that we are all young for one and only one Morocco” with these words, Ismail Hamraoui, president of the Youth Parallel Moroccan Government opened the ceremony.
Faithful to its objectives which revolve around continuous engagement and promotion of youth role, skills and competencies in society; the Moroccan youth Forum organized a three-day Training workshop on December 7th, 8th and 9th, 2013 at Dar Attalib, Agdal in Rabat in collaboration with the Moroccan Youth Voice , Anna Lindh Foundation, British council, European Union and others.
“We believe that engaging youth in all aspects of social life will lead to a better understanding. For this reason, we set up the Moroccan Youth Forum to work hard towards a better society that involves all Moroccan youth in a well-organized, influential, and collaborative body. Our responsibility is shared no matter what our beliefs, origins, and thoughts are. We all have one goal: to encourage youth to take part actively in a better sustainable development towards a better future for our country and the world as well,” said Abella Ibourk, Project Manager of the Moroccan Youth Forum board.
The event was held as a platform for 30 participants from 15 Moroccan cities to meet, discuss and share inspiring experiences as well as learn new techniques and practical strategies that can be applied within their environment to help the voices of young Moroccans to be heard.
The uniqueness of this initiative is that it offers a new opportunity and environment in whcih Moroccan youth can feel free to express their opinions, attitudes, agreement and disagreement on issues of concern in the social, economic and political environment around them, whether national or international, without any constraints and where freedom of expression is guaranteed.
The idea is to encourage Moroccan youth to take part in professional debates where they speak in public, and stand up for or against a cause at the top of their agenda. The debate allows them to express their views and arguments in front of a public in an effort to convince their counterparts as well as the audience of their position, all in a friendly atmosphere.
“Being part of the National program promoting youth skills in Debate and Advocacy makes us committed participants to teach and to share what we’ve learnt with our cities’ youth so that we can be FJM’s ambassadors for change in our own regions for a better future for our country,” Khaoula Erraoui, a University Student and freelance fashion designer participant from Agadir said.
The participants expressed satisfaction with the quality and depth of the workshops and presentations conducted by Mr. Brahim Benrais office director of the MYF. They seemed excited and enthusiastic to start a new debate as soon as they got back to their cities. “We are ready to share what we have learnt and put into practice the activities and skills we have acquired because we know that young people in our region need this kind of event and would enjoy it the same way we did,” Annas Eljaziz, a sports teacher participant from Boumalen Dades said.
The training sessions closed with an expression of warm support from the Allchaabab Parallel Moroccan Government members in the presence of Mr. Ismail Elhamraoui who is the prime minister of the youth Government. Farouk Zine, health minister in the youth Government, as well as others who insisted on attending the three-day long event, personally encouraged all youngsters to believe in what they want and go for it while working together for a better future for all Moroccans.
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