More than 40 exceptional Moroccan participants to the British Council Active Citizens programme will have the opportunity to highlight and present their social action projects during the big showcasing event on Friday 16 March 2018 at hotel Terminus in Rabat. The main purpose of this event is to bring together all Active Citizens participants in order to showcase to a larger audience their achievements and their grass-root level engagement within the programme.
Active Citizens Programme
Active Citizens is a global programme that promotes community cohesion through civic engagement and volunteering in more than 50 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, South and East Asia, Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK.
The programme aims to increase the contribution of individuals influential within their community towards achieving sustainable development both locally and globally. It provides them with tools and support to better understand how to work with people from diverse backgrounds. They then put their new skills into practice by setting up or adapting the way they run their own social action projects to tackle a social issue within their community.
The programme is owned and managed globally by the British Council. It is funded and delivered in partnership with a wide range of organisations that work internationally, as well as at a national and local level.
Active Citizens in Morocco
The programme in Morocco traces its roots back to2012.In 2012-2017,the programme has worked in partnership with 8 local partners from various Civil Society organisations and associations who have increased their knowledge and established new networks, contributing to better community relations and fund raising efforts. These are: ADFM, OFR, RFMN, YFDC, FOBDEC, JIBER, SWANI, ASTICUDE.
The project is being implemented in 8 regions of Morocco: Rabat-Salé-Kenitra / Fès-Meknès / Casablanca-Settat / Beni Mellal – Khenifra / Marrakech-Safi / Tanger-Tetouan-Houceima/ Oriental / Draa-Tafilalt.
Since 2012 till date, the programme in Morocco trained and built the skills and competencies of over 250 facilitators from different backgrounds, capable of adapting and mainstreaming the Active Citizens training toolkit within their networks, with more than 2000 participants (Active Citizens) trained by the facilitators who supported them, by developing their skills and confidence to make a positive change within their communities.
The programme has supported Active Citizens participants to launch 36 Social Action Projects tackling different themes related to gender, youth, citizenship education, environment, employability, social economy, social inclusion and education, which have directly or indirectly brought benefits to over 3000 community members within different local communities across the 8 regions of Morocco.
The showcase event will be also used as a platform to increase the understanding of the power of connections to establish networks, share experiences and lessons-learnt for success in social development.
John Mitchell, Country Director, British Council Morocco, comments "I have been truly inspired by what can be achieved through our Active Citizens’ programme. The programme has equipped young active citizens with vital 21st century skills such as communication, management, inter-cultural dialogue and network building making them committed to change”.