As a continuation of the first phase of Young Moroccan Voices programme, the local version of Young Arab Voices, we are now launching the second phase of the programme under “Young Mediterranean Voices”.
As part of the preparations for this new phase, the British Council is launching a call for nominations for youth organizations active, in particular in under-privileged regions.
Do you run an existing youth organisation? Would you like to become part of our delivery network to deliver the programme locally? Would you like to apply to become one of our hubs across regions of the Kingdom?
Apply now and fill out the application form below ( in arabic) and email it to the email address: YMV@britishcouncil.org by 23 February 2018 at the latest.
YOUNG MEDITERRANEAN VOICES is primed to become the central flagship regional youth network connecting civil society, education institutions and policy-makers across Europe and the Neighbourhood South (Southern Mediterranean and Europe).
Building on more than five years investment in the field, as well as established networks, pioneering methodologies and independent research, the overall objective of Young Mediterranean Voices programme is to: “Empower young people to enhance a culture of dialogue, to contribute to public policy and shape media discourses, and to create a shared understanding with peers across the Mediterranean on how to address issues of common concern to their communities.”
This programme will bring the experience of Arab youth-led debate to other parts of the Euro-Mediterranean region. The programme will provide opportunities to open doors for young influencers to shape policy and media narratives. One of the most pioneering aspects of this programme is to contribute to enhance the “Euro-Med dialogue” paradigm by bringing the experience of a pan-Arab programme to the North and consequently challenging the traditional cooperation dynamics that were dominated by programming towards the South.
This project is grounded on the positive experience of Young Arab Voices and benefits from the support of the EU. “The EU will support the second phase of the Young Arab Voices programme to deepen the dialogue between young leaders and civil society representatives and counter extremism and violent radicalisation”.
Young Mediterranean Voices has 4 inter-related strategic objectives through which we will deliver the programme:
train young people in debate and dialogue techniques, and equip them to participate more effectively in their communities and enhance their life opportunities;
provide further leadership development opportunities to young people (Young Mediterranean Voices ambassadors), and equip them to engage with existing leaders and the media to influence public policy;
equip young people with the skills to engage more successfully with social media;
provide opportunities for young people to engage together across the Euro-med region then building the networks for future collaboration and breaking down barriers and stereotypes that lead to a lack of intercultural dialogue.
The four strands build from country based training and capacity building to the regional level and onwards to a Euro-Med level. We will work with policy makers to gain access to education and other formal systems to deliver the programme and to provide opportunities for young people to engage directly to influence public policy. The programme will work with our ‘ambassadors’ to engage with traditional media and we will provide opportunities for them to engage in social media labs to practice content development to present positive narratives of young people and their contribution. Finally we will provide opportunities to connect north and south young people and partners to further the programmes objectives and create opportunities to enhance intercultural dialogue building mutual understanding and trust.
Young Mediterranean Voices have implemented a ‘Hub’ structure to ensure a greater geographical reach, whilst also engaging hard to reach and marginalised communities. The ‘Hub’ plays an important role in the delivery of the programme by cascading trainings and competitions nationally, and are those directly involved with the young people. The ‘Hubs’ will be required to:
Deliver and Cascade training to a number of Young People;
Deliver and Cascade training to marginalised and hard to reach areas;
Deliver Inter-Hub/University Competitions;
Develop ‘Clubs’ with active participants as per country targets;
Monitor and Evaluate ALL trainings in hub remit;
Issue monthly ‘Progress Reports’ to country Project Manager.