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iiDebate-AYP : THIS IS YOUR QUICK GUIDE TO UNDERSTAND THE SITUATION OF YOUTH IN TUNISIA

If you haven’t asked the question “How’s the situation of youth in Tunisia?” yet, it’s about time you did. And if you’re looking for the answer, we got it right here!

Several brilliant participants from different parts of Tunisia gathered together for a weekend in Nabeul not to enjoy its beautiful sceneries and quiet suburbs, but to dwell upon a critical topic that is one of the pillars of concern in the Post-revolutionary Tunisia: the situation of youth in the country. This conference is hosted by iiDebate in the context of the national consultations conducted by the African Youth Panel.

What’s the African Youth Panel?

 

Every three years, the European Union and representatives from the African Union organize a summit to discuss collaborations between the two continents and set goals and priorities for work. The central theme for this year is: Youth! In support of this summit, the AYP is conducting national consultations in six African countries; Tunisia, Zambia, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria and Ethiopia; the aim of which is to pinpoint the challenges that youth are facing and to propose solutions to overcome them. The outcomes of these consultations are expected to provide the Panel with concrete diagnosis of the problems and a set of proposed solutions that could be used in the Youth Pre-Summit in Ethiopia and in the ultimate AU-EU Summit. There are six axes that the consultations are supposed to go over:

 

  • Business/Job Creation
  • Governance/Democratic Inclusion
  • Education and Skills Development
  • Peace & Security
  • Climate change and Environmental Sustainability
  • Culture, sports and Arts

During the consultations in Nabeul, the participants have managed to thoroughly criticize and allocate the deficiencies on the first four axes among both the youth and the institutions and proceeded to provide possible solutions to these problems through workshops and informal debates. Malak Loulou, one of the participants in the conference and one of the active members in the Tunisian civil society said that “it is so special to be part of the active young citizens that discuss common issues happening across the African continent and that we are trying to find solutions for these issues.”

In a nutshell, this is your quick guide to understand the situation of youth in Tunisia.

BUSINESS AND JOB CREATION


In this context, participants accounted for the noticeable laziness, low self-esteem and frustration among students and youth in general which hinder them from initiative-taking, information seeking and finding internships and training programs to be more prepared for the professional life. The lack of knowledge and skills among youth concerning entrepreneurial skills and founding start-ups is another issue that was discussed as well as the unpopularity of the notion of professional reconversion.

In terms of institutions, the disparity between the educational backgrounds of graduates and the job market, the overcomplicated administrative and bureaucratic procedures in the creation of entrepreneurial ventures, and the absence of commitment to hire young professionals were the three main challenges that were concluded in this regard. There were also discussions about the lack of information and communication about vocational training programs, online opportunities, and state support programs and the low efficiency of employment forums.

GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRATIC INCLUSION


60% of the population is under 35 and only 9% of youth are active in NGOs. Most of the Tunisian youth live in rural areas that are being marginalized. The youth representation in political parties is flagrantly low despite them being the majority of the population.

The lack of transparency on the financial, judicial and political level stands in the way of establishing trust between youth and the other government institutions which creates tension and disparity between the two parties. The absence of the culture of debate among academic institutions as well as the political arena is the reason behind the lack of coexistence between political parties and their supporters. In addition, there is a dissonance between media outlets and governmental institutions which represent a source of concern and confusion for the youth population.

EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT


The frustration of students and educators is the cornerstone of this section. On one hand, there is a flagrant lack of financial support to education. The repercussions are outdated infrastructure for educational establishments, a very limited number of research laboratories and technological equipments, and a limited number to no existence at all of extracurricular activities and creativity centers. On the other hand, the educational systems are outdated and sometimes affected by political agenda and the schedules are exhausting and overburdening for teachers and students. Also, there is no focus on improving soft skills and harnessing creativity among students as the school systems are based on testing their memories. Since participants were all college students, they criticized the LMD system describing it as “inappropriate and incompatible” with the Tunisian context.

PEACE AND SECURITY


Observations made during the discussions show that youth played an important role in maintaining a peaceful atmosphere immediately after the revolution. They established groups to maintain security among neighborhood and residential areas as well as organizing many hygienic initiatives during that period. However, the problem that was undoubtedly the main concern of the consultations is the tense relationship between youngsters and security forces that is characterized by “enmity and mutual targeting”. The participants also highlighted the importance of abolishing the state of emergency as it is often used by security personnel as a cover for legal abuses. A limited presence of the culture of debate and its correlation to the rise of violence and extremism among youth was readdressed in this section and some participants stated that this represents one of the factors as to why certain groups of youth feel threatened.

“When one realizes one is asleep, at that moment one is already half awake.” P. D. Ouspensky.

Having proven that they’re half awake, the participants moved to the part of getting out of bed – which means finding the solutions. If you – like me – kept nodding your head and thinking “I know right!” while reading the first half of this article, you should proceed to read the next part about the solutions proposed by these brilliant participants!

BUSINESS AND JOB CREATION


The implementation of professional reconversion culture was one of the main solutions that participants proposed along with providing college students with more opportunities for internships, encouraging them to found and join NGOs and organizations, and increase the financial support for startups. In addition, they came up with the brilliant idea of creating a competition through which students can gain grants to support their projects and entrepreneurial ventures along with providing them with field visits to companies and governmental institutions and showcasing success stories to inspire more students to be involved. Arranging meetings between the ministry of higher education, the ministry of employment and civil society organizations was also another proposed solution.

 

GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRATTIC INCLUSION


Participants proposed meetings between governmental institutions and civil society organizations to design strategies that will improve youth representation and suggested that there should be immediate attention to work on projects of decentralization to limit the marginalization of youth. Electing a chairman for the supreme commission and activating the constitutional court were deemed as urgent matters. There was consensus about the importance of digitizing information and activating the right to access information in order to sensitize citizens and increase trust between the government and the people.

EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT


A partnership between universities in North African countries and creating exchange programs on the national and the international levels were two of the many brilliant solutions proposed by the youth in the conference. In addition, they highlighted how creating student councils and groups of sharing between students and administrative staffs can be of positive impact on the overall educational system in Tunisia. The need to focus on soft skills and the need to constantly update teachers on the technological advances that globally affect education were also discussed and suggested as solutions.

PEACE AND SECURITY


Since youth represent the majority of the country’s population, assigning a quota of 30% in governmental institutions was a proposed idea to fix the representation of youth on the political and legislative level. Shedding the light on bureaucracy, reducing administrative procedures as well as starting the digitization of the procedures were suggested. The participants noticed the effect of Law 52 on youth so they proposed that it should be thoroughly and immediately reviewed.

Extremism among youth as mentioned above was a center of attention as it is a threat to peace and security. In this context, combating cultural marginalization and raising the budget for cultural and artistic activities was proposed as well as starting psychological rehabilitation programs for youth who are going through problems.


Coexistence, entrepreneurship, success stories, quality education, youth involvement, decentralization, etc… All these terms and more were used repeatedly in the conference. This conference is one of the many events that are happening across Tunisia and the African continent that give us hope for a prospective better involvement of youth.  


A TRIP TO ETHIOPIA!

The Youth Pre-Summit took place in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia on the 19th and 20th of November. It was an opportunity for the six countries in which the consultations happened to exchange reports and outcomes of these consultations.  In this summit, there was an analysis of a survey that was conducted on several youngsters that came mainly from the six countries. The survey said that job creation, education, and security are the three main concerns of African youth. In regards to government policies towards the six axes of the consultations, there was average to no satisfaction from the asked individuals in the survey but they proved to be more hopeful about the involvement of NGOs in these axes. For example, when asked about policies taken by the government in regards to business and job creation, the survey said that 40% chose “average”, 34% chose “poor” and 13% chose “good”. However, when asked about interventions taken by NGOs in the same field, 41% chose “average”, 36% chose “good” and 14% chose “poor”.

The Summit ended with the conclusion that African youth are “an important resource to the continent and the world at large that needs strategic investment” and that current practices need to be readjusted to be more inclusive and more compatible with their ambitions and demands. The conclusion also included that “It is possible to positively capture the resilience and the energy of the youth to avoid negative impacts that are already being felt in various countries”.


About the writer

Atef Amri :

Hello! I am Atef Amri. I am 21 years old and I go to Tunis Higher Institute of Languages as an English student. I am a member of the communication team interns. What I do in iiDebate is fundamentally content writing which means covering and writing about the projects and the main events that iiDebate is involved in, in order to give people insight into what we are doing and how we are doing it. Also, I am helping in the creation of a newsletter that will include iidebate’s activities in the last semester that will hopefully be ready by the beginning of 2018. My message to youth is “appreciate the good things around you in life and love yourself. Because if you can’t love yourself, then what’s the point of loving anything or anyone else

 About the video editor  

Ahlem Naceur,

I am Ahlem Naceur, a junior student at Tunis business school majoring in marketing with a minor in business analytics. I am in charge of editing all video for iiDebate. During the past two years I managed to become very active within clubs. Also I managed to have a part- time internship within a startup, that experience made me learn more about how to manage time between school and working, managing stressful situations and being successful in both.I participated in TBS MUN where I represented China. That was a challenging experience speaking with the name of a different country and defending it policies until the end. Currently a team leader of ICO_TBS (international cultural organization).

 

 

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iiDebate interns in fall of 2017

In November 2017, the international institute of debate has recruited four interns in the communication departement and they worked with us during 3 months , until the end of January 2018 and because within our organization, we always take into consideration the experience that lives our trainees.

In the following our interns will share with you their experiences :


Ahlem Naceur :

I am Ahlem Naceur, a junior student at Tunis business school majoring in marketing with a minor in business analytics. I am in charge of editing all video for iiDebate

During the past two years I managed to become very active within clubs. Also I managed to have a part- time internship within a startup, that experience made me learn more about how to manage time between school and working, managing stressful situations and being successful in both. I participated in TBS MUN where I represented China.  Currently a team leader of ICO_TBS (international cultural organization).

I have been involved into many debates whether during some classes I had or with my friends and I just want to say that the culture of debate changed me in many ways and it gave me the opportunity to discuss different topics and controversial issues in a more civilized way. So علي صوتك

 

Atef Amri :

Hello! I am Atef Amri. I am 21 years old and I go to Tunis Higher Institute of Languages as an English student. I am a member of the communication team interns. What I do in iiDebate is fundamentally content writing which means covering and writing about the projects and the main events that iiDebate is involved in, in order to give people insight into what we are doing and how we are doing it. Also, I am helping in the creation of a newsletter that will include iidebate’s activities in the last semester that will hopefully be ready by the beginning of 2018. My message to youth is “appreciate the good things around you in life and love yourself. Because if you can’t love yourself, then what’s the point of loving anything or anyone else?”

 

Manel Ben Sghaier :

I am Manel Ben Sghaier, a student at IHEC Carthage, majoring in Management. I am intern in the International Institute of Debate.

I have been involved into many associations and programs in Tunisia. I joined iiDebate for an internship in November 2017 as a community manger intern (CM) .

The CM is responsible for managing and engaging with the organisations online community, my main job is setting and implementing social media and communication campaigns to align with marketing strategies through providing engaging text, image and video content for social media accounts.

This experience has opened my eyes to new things especially in communication management and also allowed me to exploit my creativity.

I hope that young people in Tunisia be open to any kind of opportunity that can challenge them and step them outside of their comfort zone !

 

Houssem Neji :

I am housem Neji. I am 24 years old and I am studying multimedia 

I am an intern in international institute of debate. I am a graphic designer and the responsibility of digital marketing for the ‘cafe talk’ page

I urge you to never grow up on your dreams and most of all to work as hard as you can in order to achieve them.

 

 


If you are interested in joining a challenging environment don’t hesitate to send your curriculum vitae and a cover letter to info@iidebate.org

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Cafe Talk 3.0 Final event : 5 TEAMS, 2 DAYS, 1 MAJOR AWARD, AND A LOT OF PASSION

In a few words, that was the third edition of Café Talk Competition

Five 3-member teams from Bizert, Tozeur, Sousse, Zaghouan, and Mannouba got together for two days – 22nd and 23rd of December – to finalize the café talk competition that had violence in educational institutions as a major theme and that lasted for 4 months. The first day was a series of workshops and debates in Karmel Hotel and the second day was the closing ceremony in Majestic Hotel.

FIRST DAY: A LOT OF PASSION, A LOT OF STORIES

After all the participants gathered together, the workshops started at 2PM. They took place in a small cozy room where different themes under the theme of education were discussed. There were debates about the gender equality in terms of attire in schools, the psychological and sanitary issues of pupils, the funding of NGOs in schools, etc … Through these debates, the participants were asked to find problems that surround the discussed issues and try to come up with solutions using the information they gathered from the café talks during the 4 months of the program. The Youth Convention was also part of the workshop which is a final holistic report of the competition.

A lot of stories that the participants shared with each other about the marginalized schools in rural areas were touching and eye-opening. Long distances, deadly roads, unsafe infrastructure, limited human resources, no funding, lack of motivation and more were the repeated words throughout these stories. The participants talked about these stories with a lot of passion and they shared how the four months of the Program managed to make them more aware of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 which is QUALITY EDUCATION.

SECOND DAY: AS ONE STORY ENDS, A NEW ONE STARTS

In Majestic Hotel, the five teams gathered together with the presence of a panel of four judges: Aida Robbana – a UN Representative, Refka Nsiri – a US embassy representative, Sondes Zouaghi – A professor in the University of Paris, and Elyes Guermazi – the executive director of International Institute of Debate. The teams pitched their project ideas in an attempt at winning 1,000$ to help them initiate the project. They had 5 minutes each to present the final concept of the final project with a 10-minute period for questions by the judges.

The tension was governing the room as the participants were defending their projects and explaining how beneficial and relevant it is to the main theme of the competition, but only one project was going to win. The projects manifested a high degree of innovation, of devotion and of a strong desire to make a change in the education sector of Tunisia. From café talks junior to creating apps that promote scholarships for students to creating an app that allows students to express dissatisfaction and concerns, the projects were interesting and captivating, but it was Tozeur’s proposal that got the attention of the judges and that got a chance to start their story.

TEAM TOZEUR: CONGRATULATIONS!

“علمني نعلمك”

is the name of the project that won the competition. It is going to be destined to around twenty 4 to 5 year-old children in the region of Rmitha which is deemed as one of the most marginalized areas in Tozeur. The project consists of three main steps. First, there will be a campaign to promote the project in which posters, pins, stickers, online marketing and more will be done to draw the attention of the people to the project. There will even be backpacks and comic books designed for the pupils. The second step is recruiting some of the participants from the café talks done throughout the four months of the program to go through a training program of soft skills, public speaking skills, and session moderating skills in order for them to be ready to moderate weekly session to the pupils.

The third step is starting the project with having a teacher (an unemployed graduate from the region) who will have gone through a training himself that will deliver two sessions a week to the children along with the weekly sessions delivered by the café talk participants. The class is going to involve creativity and innovation and the prospect of sustaining the project is very plausible since the winning team showed that they have full support from local governmental institutions and NGOs along the support of International Institute of Debate and the US Embassy.

THIS YEAR’S CAFÉ TALK COMPETITION COMES WITH A TWIST

You wanted a twist? Because we have one! This edition there are TWO winners of the challenge and the second winner is Zaghouan Team! Their project’s name is “غدوة نقريك ليوم ما نخليك” and it consists of three main axes. The first one is creating a moving library in “Sidi Farjallah” primary school in Zaghouan and creating a book club which will harness the kids’ desire to read and discuss books. The second part is creating a sanitary center in the school which will help compensate for the lack of sanitary and medical resources. The third axe is to provide the children with necessary equipments like clothes, shoes, coats, etc …

The competition was described as stressful and energy consuming by the participants but they also accounted for how it made them more solution-oriented, and more aware of the situation of education in Tunisia. Also, the participants shared with each other how grateful they are for the friends they made throughout this program. Whether it’s the participants or the people that assisted the café talks, each one of them got the chance to discuss openly critical topics and to express their opinions. At the end of the event, participants got their certificates and with that the competition ended, but it was in fact the beginning, not just for Tozeur and Zaghouan, but for the other participants as well.


About the writer

Atef Amri :

Hello! I am Atef Amri. I am 21 years old and I go to Tunis Higher Institute of Languages as an English student. I am a member of the communication team interns. What I do in iiDebate is fundamentally content writing which means covering and writing about the projects and the main events that iiDebate is involved in, in order to give people insight into what we are doing and how we are doing it. Also, I am helping in the creation of a newsletter that will include iidebate’s activities in the last semester that will hopefully be ready by the beginning of 2018. My message to youth is “appreciate the good things around you in life and love yourself. Because if you can’t love yourself, then what’s the point of loving anything or anyone else?”

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Updates about “Tabba3 El 9anoun” program

Project Background

Tunisian youth are not only put aside from the decision making process, they are also unaware of the changes that are taking place in the government’s new work strategy of governance which concerns “local governance”.

In this concern, a chapter was added to the constitution which is the “7th chapter”, (You will find it attached in the end of this document), as well as a project law that is being discussed on in the ARP.

Project Description

For this, TABBA3 EL 9ANOUN project, organized by the International Institute of Debate and empowered by the National Democratic Institute, aims to raise youth awareness about these changes and engage them in the decision making process on different axes.

Informal debate in Bizerte 10-09-2017

Project Work Axes

Informal Debates

  • First axe: organize and take part of informal debates about these following topics
  1. The definition of municipality and its role according to the 7th chapter of the constitution.
  2. The role of local collectivity code in enhancing participatory democracy
  3. The role of citizens after the municipal elections; duties and rights.
  • Second axe: take the role of decision maker and suggest feasible suggestions to implement recommendations.
  • Third axe: write recommendations in forms of messages to decision makers that include heads of public authorities and deputies.  

Informal debate in Beja 05-09-2017

Workshops on project laws

  • Fourth axe: by taking part of workshops guided by local experts, participants study and rectify project laws (articles 6, 7, and 13 of the Local Collectivities Code You will have them included in the end of this documents), that have been postponed by the commission.

Online Debates

In addition, the project also aims to involve social media users by raising their awareness through informative posts and engage them in an online debate by asking local governance related questions and see how they react to them.

Online debate

The reports from all informal debates will be summed up in policy briefs which will be presented to local authorities and deputies during the regional debates.

Tabba3 El 9anoun in numbers

  • 5 teams from 5 regions: Bizerte, Menzel Borguiba, Beja, Kasserine, and Mornaguia.
  • 15 informal debates organized about the topics mentioned within the first axe.
  • 15 reports: 3 reports from each team.
  • 177 participants took part of all the debates in all the regions

Regional Debates

Description

5 regional debates will be organized between October, the 23rd and November, the 5th 2017, in the 5 regions included in the project.

The aim of these regional debates is to create a platform where youth and decision makers meet for discussions and focus groups in order to open a door for them to work along on the process of taking decision and in which area citizens can be involved.

Informal debate in Mornaguia 08-09-2017

Policy Briefs

In these regional debates, policy briefs will be presented by moderators that give background of shared opinions of those who took part of the informal debate, include action plan on how to implement different decisions, and propose recommendations as well; all these will be taken from the reports that have been submitted after the informal debates.

Media Coverage

Communicating events is a need in this project in order to maximize its reach. To this end, media coverage, whether via social media or/and media outlets (TV, national and local Radio stations, written Press…) are highly demanded to cover and record the events.

These regional debates will, subsequently, lead us to a Press Conference.

Media

Press Conference

The press conference is the closing event of the project where all the outcomes will be presented and all those who took part of the project will be honored. More importantly, the press conference will have deputies from the commission who are working on the Local Collectivities Code and national experts on local governance who will be there to answer journalists, civil society and citizens’ questions regarding local governance and the impact of the implementation of Local Collectivities Code.

 

Please find the Drive Links to the following support documents

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13g8yjC1BfaQKMRU9GkOffFFW5RJD-jOpAS53eQzWNMs/edit?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B654o8jzYHdoRmtPMEwwLVdFNFk/view?usp=sharing

http://iidebate.org/press-release-follow-the-law/

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IIDebate and YFU are pleased to announce the application for the second edition of the virtual exchange program between Tunisia and USA.

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iiDebate : the future representative of YFU in North Africa

Between 15th and 20th of March 2017, the iiDebate Executive member Houssem Kaabi represented the international institute of debate in the AFRICA’S Youth for Understanding Summit held in the city of Cape Town, in South Africa in order to prepare the strategic roadmap to make the YFU Africa Initiative happen.

Highlight of the AFRICA’S Youth for Understanding Summit

Cape Town, Hotel Strand, South Africa, 16 March 2017 — AFRICA’S Youth for Understanding Summit was a unique opportunity which featured representatives from multiple stakeholders and potentials partners of Youth For Understanding Organization in order to:

  • Identify partners for YFU for Africa Youth Leadership and launch of the YFU Africa Initiative
  • prepare a YFU Africa Contact Group based on 4 main Hubs
  • Agree for a common strategic roadmap in order to make the YFU Africa Initiative happen.

Stressing out the importance in investing in African youth, the amazing YFU international chair, Mr. Claudio ENGGIST along with Mr. Hans, Vice Chair of YFU South Africa, kick off the Summit. Presenting the main guests and the key objectives from the conference with detailed agenda.

With an outstanding and relevant introduction from the guests, the amazing Prof Mr. Brain FIGAJI, a passionate community leader who played an important role in the transformation of South Africa over the past twenty years, youth representative on the National Scout Council and serves as South Africa’s representative on the Executive Board of UNESCO, took the floor to start the first session “Fostering active global citizenship through youth exchange”, with very inspirational speech where he remind the key Mission of YFU (intercultural exchange tied with mutual respect mixed with social responsibility).

Followed shortly with the realistic diagnosis from Mr. Yousuf GABRU, South African National Commission for UNESCO, where he focus on the Social Developments Goals and presenting the framework of UNESCO and especially the forth one: Education. He divided new education vision into two main sections: Direct through global citizenship and Indirect through sustainable education demonstrating the key role of exchange in the both section.

The Second session, highlight the “Our ambitions for Africa’s youth as global citizens” at the ministerial level, with brave speech from honorable Dr Itah KANDJII-MURANGI, Minister Higher Education of Namibia and the outstanding and lovely Mrs. Bendu HOLDER ROGERS, National Director YFU Liberia and advisor for candidate for the Liberian presidential elections. Finishing the morning sessions with African Youth voice, Mme. Caroline Oshwaba, a representative of Action for Youth Development, A civil Society Organization based in Uganda.


The second part of the day was focused on brainstorming session using Business Canvas Model focusing on the key following points: partnershipactivitiesresourceschannels and funding. Divided in two sub-sections to answer these points, the interaction, debate and outcome were very productive and effective. The closing of the day was presenting this outcome along with the Chart which will be adopted by YFU international to initiate the African YFU initiative.

iiDebate the future representative of  YFU in North Africa

The International Institute of Debate presents an interesting partner to relay on in these levels and could be the hub for North Africa. Since the youth organization is working on engaging youth leaders to influence the positive change in their respective communities, the YFU initiative present a great opportunity which fit perfectly with IIDebate vision and objectives.

Stay Tuned for more projects and initiatives from the cooperation IIDebate-YFU under the African YFU initiative.

Ahmed Boulares

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Coming Soon : iiDebate and American Corner “Magazine”

Very soon, an online Magazine will be launched in collaboration between iiDebate and the American Corner Tunis.

In order to know more about this Magazine, we had this interview with the responsible of the project, Riahi Imen, 20 years old, student and social activist.

«The idea has started when Celeste Koppe the current coordinator of the American Corner Tunis told me about planning for launching a magazine. Consequently , I thought about a collaboration between the AC and IIDebate as I volunteered to be responsible for this great project which will lead to combine with the AC’s and IID’s audience . We began with making a call for applicants to join us. The responses were highly interesting and we had to choose the best of the best that showed a great will to lead this project and idea to success.

We’re currently providing trainings to the team such as journalism’s ethics and writing skills… This magazine will be made by youth to youth. Our main goal is to show the beauty of Tunisia and encourage people to participate in social activism. We believe that youth are the key to development , for this reason , this magazine will be the best place where you can find all topics that matter to youth to enlighten their minds , touch their needs and concerns , suggest solutions and entertain their souls , as it’s a place where you’re welcome to express your mind. Because, we strongly believe that words and ideas can change the world.

This magazine will be launched online on the iiDebate website (iidebate.org) and a printed version as the next step of the project. Stay Tuned for more information about the magazine and next iiDebate projects.

Ahmed Boulares

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12 iiDebate members in the MICC school Poland 2017

Between January 28th and February 4th, 2017, 12 iiDebate members (under 20 years old) will be part, for the first time, in the Model of International Criminal Court (MICC) organized by the Kreisau-Initiative e.V.  In Krzyżowa, Poland

What is MICC?

MICC is a simulation of trials before the ICC for high-school and university students from all over the world.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the world’s most sophisticated mechanism for the protection of Human Rights and rules of warfare. MICC is a project that aims to teach core principles of the ICC to high-school and university students.

Since 2005 the Kreisau-Initiative e.V. along with its Polish partner-organization Foundation Krzyżowa for Mutual Understanding in Europe has been organizing the Model International Criminal Court (MICC) with the goal to intensify its work in the field of Human Rights Education.

The working language of every simulation is English, and every session comprises sets of trainings, discussions and workshops with a simulation of the ICC process – preparation, trial and verdict. Bringing in students from all around the globe, MICC fosters intercultural dialogue and understanding among students of various national and social backgrounds. The goal of this work is to encourage students to study human rights and humanitarian law.

Training for Youth Workers and Educators in the field of Civic Education, Human Rights, Facing History and Transitional Justice

From 7th to 12th November 2016, participants from 5 countries took part in this Training which took place in Berlin as a preparation for the MICC, provided a space for youth workers, teachers and activists from Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, Germany and Poland to exchange ideas and experiences with regards to the historical, political and human rights context in their own countries. With an aim to further challenge contemporary human rights violations

 

A Tunisian Delegation for the first time in the MICC

12 Tunisian youth will be part for the first time in the Model of International Criminal Court (MICC School), in Krzyżowa, Poland between January 28th and February 4th 2017, and they were chosen among near to 50 applications in November 2016 after conducting a series of interviews.

Follow the journey of the Tunisian delegation to the MICC on the Facebook page of iiDebate.

About MICC School 2016

Ressources

www.model-icc.org

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6gTi24Ag-g69eZO9nbt4rw