Young Voices is part of the Future Leaders of Tunisia project, a partnership between Danish and Tunisian scouts. Since 2014 we organize media trainings for scouts and guides from all regions of Tunisia. The trainings cover subjects such as advocacy, communication and democracy.
The trainings empower young people to be the voice of their region towards media as well as political representatives.
It is also our aim to train and empower young people to become active citizens and leaders that take responsibility for their society.
We want to plant the spirit of citizenship and leadership in them using non-formal education and learning-by-doing pedagogy.
Within the Young Voices sessions we give trainings on democracy. For example we played a game where all participates landed on an isolated island after a plane crash. The young people had to work in different groups to establish a new country, a new political system, with a government, set rules and laws.
Through this exercise they not only learned to respect each other but also to take responsibility, to make an influence and give visions for a society.
This shows that we should motivate young people to become active. It is important for the future of Tunisia to empower our young people – they will be the decision-makers of tomorrow.
Young people can act and they do have an impact. I can give you a recent example of a young girl from the young voices session who was nominated as an International Youth Advisor to the 2017-2020 World Scout Committee. This shows that we should motivate young people to become active. It is important for the future of Tunisia to empower our young people. They will be the decision-makers of tomorrow.
We give them the opportunity to speak, to participate in youth programs, take part in debates, develop their own opinion and stand up for it. We provide an open space to create ideas and think freely.
Let the action speak!
That’s true, and they do have a lot of opportunities but of course they have to fight to find their places and to convince others.
Yes, the most important achievement that came with the revolution was the freedom of expression. Since 2011 there are a lot more organizations and parties in Tunisia than before.
When you are active and have an ambition, and you are doing good work you can achieve anything. Then, those positions and responsibilities come to you. I never planned to become national commissioner, I didn’t work for this. I work for my organization and my beliefs and principles. For me it is a way of life.
Interviewed by Lisa Gutt, member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Germany.
There is so much enthusiasm in this interview. It's so powerful. There is something going on! The training and the reasons for the trainings are explained. The interviewed also compares the time before and after the revolution. Reading this interview (Revolution 2011, scout member since 1995) you're not surprised that the revolution was possible and suddenly you are convinced that Tunisia has a great future.
Unfortunately it's not written, how many young people take part in these trainings and how many trainings are offered during one year.
Comment by Claus Sixt
Imen, a 28 year old PHD student in Cultural Sciences, is the national commissioner of Guides with Tunisian Scouts organization. A scout member since 1995 and was the leader of the first Young Voices session.