Growing lead­er­ship among Moroc­can youth

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The Tariq Ib­nou Ziyad Ini­tia­tive (Tizi) is an in­de­pen­dent, non-par­ti­san ini­tia­tive act­ing to in­form and en­cour­age young Moroc­can vot­ers to take part in elec­tions. Part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s plan is to cre­ate 25 po­si­tions for young lead­ers in Morocco’s gov­ern­ment and to in­te­grate five young lead­ers into each of the coun­try’s ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties to am­plify the po­lit­i­cal voices of the youth. A group of young Moroc­cans formed Tizi in Au­gust 2011, in the midst of the Arab Spring up­ris­ing, with the aim of both in­creas­ing the po­lit­i­cal en­gage­ment of the younger gen­er­a­tion and search­ing for the po­ten­tial po­lit­i­cal lead­ers of to­mor­row. Through a va­ri­ety of or­gan­ised events and so­cial-me­dia cam­paigns, Tizi hopes to see the elec­tion turnout reach 65%, due pri­mar­ily to an in­crease in youth par­tic­i­pa­tion. As well as try­ing to pro­foundly re­politi­cise the younger vot­ing gen­er­a­tions and en­cour­ag­ing them to en­gage through the use of so­cial me­dia, Tizi is hop­ing to nur­ture the po­ten­tial po­lit­i­cal lead­ers of the fu­ture. The ini­tia­tive has or­gan­ised a num­ber of con­fer­ences over the past five years, invit­ing mem­bers of po­lit­i­cal par­ties from both sides of the fence to in­spire and con­nect with stu­dents and young, bud­ding politi­cians. Tizi is also of­fer­ing more than just words of en­cour­age­ment to th­ese bright young po­ten­tial lead­ers. At one of the more re­cent or­gan­ised events to pro­mote lead­er­ship, a cou­ple of se­lected in­di­vid­u­als were of­fered fi­nan­cial aid to help them study at the Har­vard Kennedy School.

Ja­cob, The Econ­o­mist – Stephanie

City Press is the South African part­ner of Im­pact Jour­nal­ism Day, a global ini­tia­tive that col­lects so­lu­tions-based sto­ries from around the world. See page 15

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