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 encourage them to be positive citizens who will add a lot for the country and make the impact to change things.
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.
We were hard controlled by the administrators in the dormitory and most of the students were afraid of punishment.
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".
The interviewer counts on human interest and succeeds in the very beginning: "separated from my family, lonely, hard. It was a bad time." Short, clear sentences. In the second paragraph the short story with the professor, a story with a great impact: It changes the life of Salem. Everybody likes stories with a great impact. Later the interviewer gets back to the dormitory which was mentioned in the first paragraph. I like this. It's so interesting.
Salem wants to help young people. He likes to teach them, to give them advices. This is not so interesting for me, also because Salem is 23 years old. I mean if he were 70 and created a company like Apple or Facebook, probably I would pay for his advices. Isn't it more interesting for us to read more about his exeriences in the dormitory and how he managed to become a honest young man, who's motivated to learn and to shape his country?
Comment by Claus Sixt
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?