This first meeting of the “Le Citizens” movement was held on January 27 in the city of Casablanca which allowed the participants to share several inspirational stories and experiences in education, employment, democracy and human rights.
“Les Citizens” was represented by four of its members, the company director, Ghita Lahlou; Abdallah Tourabi, journalist; Laila Bennis, consultant, and Adnane Addioui, social entrepreneur. Other participants of the event include researchers, associative actors, artists, teachers, students, investors, journalists, civil servants and consultants. The event brought together several other enriching and inspiring experiences. The movement also opens up its African followers. By merging the analyses, sharing benchmarks and drawing on success stories, it aims to help build a strong, rich Africa with strong citizenship values. They shared their experiences, their backgrounds, their ambitions and above all their models of inspiring success. The Moroccan and other citizens from other parts if the world met their visions during the first Citizen Workshop called Insijam. This conference aims to mobilize various participants from the political, economic, cultural, media and civil society circles around the best incentives of living and working together and the key issues of education, growth, employment, democracy and human rights.
In this context, Ahmed Mrabet, director of the Hajrat Nhal School in the Tangier region, presented an example of successful and inspiring education. Taking the initiative to change course schedules, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, the teacher gave the students a time to discover other activities, to help their parents, to do their homework and to live their life while maintaining the link with the school. The school director manages all the details of his establishment and shares only not the major concerns to his associates. In this strategy, the teachers are more motivated and above all creative. The Hajrat Nhal School operates through workshops and clubs. Everyone is involved, even parents, through meetings and literacy classes. Thus, this small public school covers a size compared to the whole village.The transformation of public schools was also the subject of another statement from India. Despite the religious and cultural differences and the distance between Morocco and the country, their education systems have several points of resemblance, especially at the level of concerns. According to the Associate Director of Boston Consulting Group India and a specialist in education and social development, the audaciousness of change and creativity can lead to success. The statement is based on an experiment conducted with the State of Haryana to transform the public educational offer.
A young Moroccan from Tizi N’oucheg shared an inspiring model which can defy unemployment, poverty and marginalization. With the other villagers, he decided to take matters into his own hands. The determination of these people was triggered to stop the rural departure and to fight the disease and the lack of drinking water. In 2011, they identified their needs and automatically took action by seeking funding where they could access it. They thus traced the road leading to the village, located 55 kilometers from Marrakech. After that, the young Moroccan and his co-villagers address the lack of clean water and sanitation.
According to the young Moroccan, they have everything in the village, and they just have to think and work. The villagers started to set goals according to their priority and they are looking for ways to achieve it. Furthermore, to address failure and lack of educational facilities, they have created kindergarten classes. Launched over the past 20 years, the experience of the young Moroccan has inspired neighboring villages. At present, there are 92 villages registered in the federation of the region. He concludes his statement sharing to the other participants that the key to success is the willingness to self-develop.