URI MENA

CULTURAL EXCHANGE

 
Moroccan Youth Forum for Cultural Exchange and Scientific Research CC
Supporting cultural exchange among young people in Morocco
 
"Our purpose is to contribute to the formation of a new generation of leaders of this community, and to build a prosperous future for our Morocco."
 
Action Areas: Education, Youth
Traditions: Indigenous, Cultural, Judaism, Islam
Sub-Traditions: Amazigh, Arab
Number of Members: 30
Location: Marrakech, Tansift al haouz, Morocco
Joined URI Network: September 2015
 
This Forum is from and for youth. It aims to effectively support the development of Moroccan society and increase the cultural awareness of youth—individuals and groups. The Forum aims to support cultural exchange among young people to serve as a bridge between young people from different nationalities, religions, and intellectual and ideological orientations. In addition, the Forum is a space for scientific research. It looks forward to introduce Moroccan students to the importance of scientific research and help them understand how it is linked to the future of Morocco and the development of Moroccan society. Participants of this Forum want scientific research to go beyond universities, but opened to active institutions in fields at the national, regional and international levels so that all may benefit from their experiences.
This Cooperation Circle (CC) has been pretty active in organizing a huge body of activities. One of their activities, entitled "Peace for Everybody," was created for children to better broaden and deepen their understanding about the concepts of peace and tolerance. Another activity this CC organized, in partnership with the Regional Academy of Education and Formation, was a project called "SPEEK." This project was directed to high school students with the intention of making them productive as well as creative students. An Educational Congress was also conducted by this CC in partnership with AIESEC, through which more than 80 university students and experts in education were welcomed to better discuss the issue of education in Morocco. This duo also organized an activity called "World Wild Classroom," where free classes were given to Moroccan as well as foreign university students on different languages. "Medical Caravan" was a project where CC members distributed medicines and medical needs in different rural areas, with help from the Center of Development. Finally, this CC, in partnership with NAIMUN as well as the Wilaya of the Region of Marrakesh received more than 150 NGOs from different countries to discuss economy and education in Africa in a Model United Nation Conference.
 
 
 
DIALOGUE FOR PEACE CC
 
Building peace among different faiths in Morocco and the Middle East
 
"Our purpose is to build peace and resolve conflict by promoting dialogue and tolerance among different multicultural and interfaith communities."
 
Action Areas:Community Building, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
Number of Members: 7
Location: Morocco
Joined URI Network: June 2013
 
This group of Arab Muslim Sunnis, Jews, Amazigh (Tashelheet, Tamazighet, and Tarefeet) and Sahrawis (nomads) come together to increase their understanding about the importance of intercultural dialogue to build peace and respect among people of different faiths. Members have participated in international gatherings that bring Arabs and Israelis together to work collaboratively in achieving peace in the Middle East. Some are members of YALA, an initiative that uses social media and technology to bring young people together to build an online academy and an online musicians’ forum, as well as organizes sports and cultural activities. They are active in Euro-Arab and Euro-med intercultural exchanges and dialogue.
 
 
 
MICD CC
 
Al Mostaqbal Institute for Citizenship & Democracy (MICD)
Dreaming of peace in the Holy Land of Palestine
 
"Our purpose is to work together for more understanding between all the religions and to look for commonalities to be able to collaborate amongst ourselves and within our communities."
 
Number of Members: 8
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Location: Morocco
Joined URI Network: October 2007
 
 
 
 
SALAM SHABAB CC
 
Salam Shabab CC
Empowering youth to foster cultures of peace
 
“Our purpose is to work together for one world and new life.”
 
Action Areas: Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, Youth
Traditions: Islam, Judaism, Spirituality, Christianity
Sub-Traditions: Shiite, Sunni, Druze
Number of Members: 7
Location: Tiflet, Morocco
Joined URI Network: October 2008
 
Salaam Shabab Cooperation Circle (CC) is made up of young people who mobilize for peace both nationally and internationally. CC members collaborate with the Anna Lind Foundation for Euro- Mediterranean intercultural dialogue and civilization to administer national youth meetings for Moroccan peacebuilders. With the support of Moroccan media, they administer peace education courses for children ages 8-16 years. Additionally, they collaborate with David Adams of the Culture and Peace Alliance of Civilization to create an international report on the culture of peace. Their peacebuilding work includes organizing a summer camp in Turkey for 120 young adults from over 50 countries on the theme of creating cultures of peace.