Rabat - Morocco celebrates Youth Day on August 21 to commemorate the struggle of the Moroccan youth who were actively involved in achieving independence.
Rabat – Morocco celebrates Youth Day on August 21 to commemorate the struggle of the Moroccan youth who were actively involved in achieving independence.
The day is also a landmark to celebrate past youth’s contributions to the strength of the kingdom in all aspects of society and the younger generation’s contribution today.
Youth Day is celebrated on King Mohammed VI’s birthday, August 21. King Mohammed VI was born on August 21, 1963. He is the twenty-third King of the Alaouite dynasty. He ascended to the throne on July 23, 1999, upon the death of his father, the late King Hassan II.
Before Mohammed VI’s ascension to the throne, Youth Day was celebrated on July 9, the day Hassan II was born.
When Mohammed VI was crown prince, King Hassan II entrusted him with many tasks and appointed him as an envoy to the leaders of brother countries. He also participated in many forums, at the national, Arab, Islamic, African, and international levels.
King Mohammed VI’s early responsibilities
At the age of four, King Mohammed VI accompanied his father on an official visit to the US February 9-10, 1967.
His first official mission abroad was on April 6, 1974, when, at age 10, he represented his father at the religious mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, following the death of the then French president George Pompidou. The prince also represented his father at the funeral of Emperor Hirohito of Japan on February 23, 1989.
King Mohammed VI made a tour of African countries, from July 23 to 30, 1980, where he met with the presidents of Senegal, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, and Nigeria. He delivered personal letters from his father, King Hassan II.
The monarch also made an official visit to Saudi Arabia between March 11 and 18, 1986, and to Japan from March 7 to 21, 1987.
He also presided over the Moroccan delegations which participated in several international and regional conferences, including:
- The opening of the Ministerial Conference of the “Lakat” on April 12, 1994, in Marrakech.
- The opening session of the National Committee to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations on January 12, 1995.
- The closing session of the International Forum on “Moroccan-European Relations,” held on April 9, 1996, in Paris.
- The opening of the office of the Moroccan American Trade and Investment Council on December 10, 1996, in New York.
He also chaired the organizing committee of the 9th Mediterranean Games in March 1982 in Casablanca and the organizing committee of the 6th Pan Arab Games on April 11, 1985.
The King’s education
King Mohammed VI attended Qur’anic school at the Royal Palace at the age of four. He then completed his primary and secondary studies at Royal College.
In 1981, the King obtained a baccalaureate degree and then his bachelor’s degree in law in 1985 from Mohammed V University in Rabat. His research paper focused on “the Arab-African Union and the Strategy of the Kingdom of Morocco in matters of International Relations.”
On November 26, 1985, the monarch was appointed colonel major of the Royal Moroccan Army (FAR).
In 1987, the monarch received higher studies certificate (CES) in political sciences and then obtained a Master of Advanced Studies (DEA) in public law in 1988.
In 1993, the King received his PhD in law with distinction from University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France for his thesis “EEC (European Economic Community)-Maghreb Relations.”
He then served as the coordinator of the Offices and Services of the Royal Armed Forces until 1994, when he became commander in chief of the Royal Moroccan Army.
In addition to Arabic, King Mohammed VI speaks French, Spanish, and English.