Future Leaders’ project: Making Impactful Youth is Possible
The Tunisian Scouts organized starting from June 20th three successive activities: the Young Voices Training, the Training of Trainers (TOT), and the annual Citizenship Day within the frame of “Future Leaders” project. The project is financed by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Danish-Arab Partnership Program (DAPP), Messengers of Peace, and Eric Frank Trust. It is created with the overall objective of reducing polarization and radicalization among youth in marginalized areas of Tunisia through extending scouting activities.
The agenda started with the Young Voices training in its third edition, which was held on June 20th-23rd at a training center in Gammarth, Tunis, Tunisia. The program included 67 Scout and non-Scout participants representing multiple regions around the country, as well as a delegation of six Danish trainers and participants. Young Voices is one of the activities of the Democratic Change Agents component of the Future Leaders’ project, which is an ongoing partnership between the Tunisian and Danish Scouts. The Young Voices activity aims to enable young people to not only understand the value of their voice, but to utilize their skills to create change in their communities. The training teaches the concepts of advocacy, democracy, dialogue, and communication and provides the means for youth to effectively participate in debates, speak persuasively, network, and utilize social media to communicate to a wider audience. Participants also learn about advocacy and theories of change, equipping them with strategies to become active citizens.
As part of the training, Tunisian youth took part in a national Forum, discussing Tunisia’s digital issues with a representative of the Ministry of Women, Family, Childhood and the Elderly, and the a representative of the Ministry of Communication Technologies and Digital Economy. Utilizing the tools of the past week, the participants prepared a variety of questions, in both English and Arabic, to engage in an active dialogue with the two guests. Following the training and the national Forum, the participants will be able to initiate and participate actively in the youth forums on issues such as gender, youth, rights, and volunteering, at national, regional, and local levels. The youth participants are required to create and implement both a national advocacy campaign and a local advocacy campaign, as well as a local forum on a topic of their choosing.
In coordination with the Young Voices activity, the Tunisian Scouts also administered the Training of Trainers (TOT) from June 21st to June 24th at the training center in Gammarth. The training hosted Scout leaders from around Tunisia, as well as three trainers from Denmark (also part of the Danish/Tunisian partnership). Following the four-day training, the thirteen participants presented on and discussed topics regarding social initiatives and evaluation, change-making, influencing factors, creative thinking, and graphic facilitating. The intention of the training is to empower a group of trainers with the skills necessary to train other leaders in the conception and concretisation of social initiatives.
Following the national Forum and with the participation of all scouts engaged in both Young voices training and training for trainers, the Scouts also participated in the the annual Citizenship Day which took place on June 23rd . This year’s Citizenship Day, which worked on the theme of refugees, was organised in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide informational workshops and activities to Tunisian citizens regarding refugees. While Young Voices participants gathered signatures for their national advocacy campaign to stand with refugees, volunteers from both the Tunisian Scouts and the UNHCR delivered 20 workshops for about 900 Scouts and almost 2,000 citizens in Habib Bourguiba Avenue in Tunis. Gathering signatures was meant to raise awareness about refugees and to support their case internationally. The evening ended with performances made by local Scouts of all ages, as well as several international musical groups including a Syrian group.
By Julia Roberts & Amel Jabrane