When a tragic event triggers civic engagement: Discover the story of Zinab, member of the NET-MED Youth network in Morocco

September 29, 2016
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“Since the launch of EU-funded project NET-MED Youth in Morocco, Zinab has not missed an activity. Between her full-time job and the many hours she dedicates to civil society, she continues to be highly involved in the analysis of public policies, particularly those related to youth employment,” a feature story published by the project tells the story of Zinab, a pedagogical director at an apprenticeship training center in Rabat, Morocco and her involvement as a youth organisation leader.
Zinab was marked by a tragic accident at the training centre where she works and which caused the death of one of the young trainees.  The incident marked the real start of her civic engagement to improve employment policies and guarantee the safety of employees, including through the Net-Med Youth project. “Through NET-MED Youth, I am learning a lot,” she says.
“This expertise will be very useful to civil society organizations, like mine, because it will give us a foundation to forecast what skills youth need to access the job market.”
“We are different civil society organsations in our NET-MED Youth working group, and this is a valuable aspect in its own. We work as a team, feed the project with ideas stemming from our varied backgrounds, and are very much immersed in the revision and implementation of public policies on the ground. It’s not just a matter of having a public policy or not, it is about ensuring that the target audience, youth, can participate in its development.”
NET-MED Youth aims to improve the access and effective participation of young people in mainstreaming their priorities into legislation and national planning in the Southern Mediterranean Partner countries. Specifically, it aims to build the capacities of youth organisations in ENP South countries and to enhance networking among them in order to reduce the fragmentation of efforts and harness the collective potential of young people in achieving democratic transition towards active citizenship, political participation and social inclusion. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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NET-MED Youth – webpage
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre – Youth

Countries covered:

  • Morocco