07 October 2021

School of Democracy- Engaging with politics (Basic Course 2021)

We are back and ready to pick up where we left off.

The ‘School of Democracy’ is an initiative of several Dutch political foundations to reach out to young Moroccans, to support and motivate them to strengthen democracy worldwide, starting from their own environment.

Are you a young adult, with an interest in politics and democracy, with a hunger to expand your network in Morocco and abroad, and are you looking for ways to translate your ideas and dreams into concrete action? Then this is your chance!

The training series aims to inspire young adults to engage in a dialogue with politics, with civil society and with each other. They are intended for young adults who are interested in political and socio-economic issues from a democratic perspective and include topics such as the role of the state, society and individual in the country. Participants are invited to look at the situation in Morocco, at the possibilities and solutions that are within reach. The trainings are more practical than theoretical and aim to provide the tools and skills to become an active citizen aware of the responsibilities and opportunities.

The topics that will be discussed include theory on politics in Western Europe, Moroccan politics and socio-economic issues, tasks in public life. A lot of attention will be given to training skills: debating, presenting, analyzing, negotiating, lobbying and advocacy, problem-solving in your community via politics and civil society, management of projects,…

The course consists of two training sessions of three days. Selected participants are expected to participate in all of the trainings. The trainings will take place in Rabat from Friday until Sunday.

COVID-19 status
We will follow the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic and will follow the safety measures required by the Moroccan government. If possible the Dutch trainers will be travelling to Rabat to give the training in person. We will work with local trainers and online elements should it not be possible for our trainers to travel.

22-24 Oct             Voices of the Youth on Democracy and Political Participation.

26-28 Nov             The Message in a Bottle: how to get it out.

The trainings are free of charge and participants will be accommodated in shared rooms in a hotel in Rabat. Reimbursement of transport costs by train or bus is possible if participants are unable to provide for this themselves.

  -   English-speaking.

  -   Able to attend both training sessions.

   -   Haven't participated in a previous "school of democracy" training.

If you want to participate, please send your resume and motivation letter in English to nimar@hum.leidenuniv.nl before October 17th. We will contact you at the latest on the 20th of October to let you know if you have been admitted.

This project is organized together with NIMAR, by the Eduardo Frei Foundation of the CDA (the Christian-democratic party in the Netherlands) since 2014. As of 2018 three other Dutch political foundations have joined: De Helling, foundation of the Green Left for Democracy Development Abroad, the political foundation of the Dutch Liberal Democrats (VVD) and of the political foundation of the D66 Party (Dutch Democrats).