Growing leadership among Moroccan youth
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
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