Since the age of 12 I have been separated from my family. I was in a dormitory. I tried to forget about my environment, but things were to hard for my personality in that age. I felt lonely and without any ambitions. It was a bad time.
One day when I was in my first year of university my literature professor asked us: “Is there anyone involved in an association?” – The answer was a laughter by all the students.How do I want to live my life? This was the moment I decided I have to change things.
I took part in a youth exchange where I got in contact with the association “AVER” (Assossiation de Voix d’Enfant Rural).
Back at home I joined them and their activities. I recognized civil society is full of useful opportunities and full of real friends through which you will learn a lot.
The most important aim is to get more conscious about issues that affect our society. Also, to be open minded to other people in spite their diversity in religion, race, gender and so on. In addition to that we want to make them searching for solutions, to share their knowledge and to express their idea through political participation when they meet decision makers and authority people.
Yes, I was participating in a debate course to spread the culture of debate, organizing parties, games and energizer activities in rural primary schools to entertain pupils. For me it was a great chance to take part in kind of activities, so I think it will be interesting for other Teenagers as well.
Start to change yourself and try to work hard for your civil society. Make your own impact if you want to change something.
Interview and photo by Ingo Zahlheimer, Germany
Awarded for the best headline in 2017 in the project "Teaching Political Tools to Young People".
Salem Ben Khaled, living in Mednine, 23 years old, graduated student in business english wants to give young people a vision of the right path to live. How does he do that?