How is Young Arab Voices growing?

Young Arab Voices is expanding to include, not only the South Mediterranean countries but also Europe hence becoming the Young Mediterranean Voices (YMV). YMV is, thus, grounded on the positive experience of Young Arab Voices and benefits from the support of the EU. 

The overall objective of Young Mediterranean Voices programme is to: Empower young people to enhance a culture of dialogue, to contribute to public policy and shape media discourses, and to create a shared understanding with peers across the Mediterranean on how to address issues of common concern to their communities.

Young Mediterranean Voices is a 3-year programme. It is primed to become the central flagship regional youth network connecting civil society, education institutions and policy-makers across Europe and the Neighbourhood South.

Which countries are included in the South Mediterranean neighborhood?

Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.

What has changed with Young Mediterranean Voices?

Young Mediterranean Voices will implement a Hub structure to ensure a greater geographical reach, whilst also engaging hard to reach and marginalised communities.

During the first year, which will run from June to December, Young Mediterranean Voices in Tunisia will set up its debate hubs with the following essential partners: Civil Society Organisations, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

 

What is the structure of hubs?

 

There will be 18 Hubs across six regions. Each region will have three hubs as follows:

  • One Hub working with Civil Society Organisations
  • One Hub supporting the Ministry of Education.
  • One Hub supporting the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Each hub will be led by a hub lead.

What is the role of hub leads?

Each hub will have a hub lead who will play an important role in the delivery of the programme by cascading training and competitions nationally. The hub leads will set up debate clubs, coach, monitor and evaluate training in hub remit as well as send regular progress reports to the British Council country manager.

Hub leads will be selected based on strict criteria, after being assessed through online applications. They will be nominated by the regional hubs and act as focal points.

Civil Society Organisation Hubs

Hub Leads will be in charge of leading, monitoring, evaluating the debate clubs progress within the Civil Society Organisations in their respective region and cascading local debate activities.

It is important to note that hub leads will communicate directly to the country programme manager and the corresponding essential partners.

Hubs supporting the Ministry of Education

There will be two hub leads per hub:

1. A Hub lead selected from High School Teachers/Debate Coaches:

These Hub leads will be in charge of cascading local debate activities.

2. A Hub lead from a Civil Society Organisation:

 

These hub leads will be supporting the above mentioned Hub leads by managing funds in the benefits of the Young Mediterranean Voices Programme Key Activities in the high schools, as well as, reporting on a monthly basis to the British Council country manager.

Hubs supporting the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

There will be two hub leads per hub:

1. A Hub lead selected from the university students:

These Hub leads will be in charge of cascading local debate activities.

2. A Hub lead from a Civil Society Organisation:

 

 

These hub leads will be supporting the above mentioned Hub leads by managing funds in the benefits of the Young Mediterranean Voices Programme Key Activities in the high schools, as well as, reporting on a monthly basis to the British Council country manager.

Key Activities

•National Training of trainers:

The selected hub leads will go through an annual two-day training to develop their communication and public speaking skills, be more informed about debate theory and practice and also demonstrate the ability to lead, monitor and evaluate local YMV activity. This training acts as a primary component to YMV annual cycle by providing the necessary theory, skill and practice of debate and its formats.

•Peer Facilitator Boot Camp (National):

Hub leads who show the highest potential during the National Debate Training will be selected to take part in the Peer Facilitator Boot Camp. They will gain the necessary theory, skills and practice for debate curriculum delivery. They will also learn how to better lead and cascade activities that reinforce debate learning.

•Cascade Training

The hub leads will be in charge of cascading the training to the debate clubs helping them gain an initial capacity to run a programme of local debate activities and contribute to promoting a culture of debate at the local community level, including local level competitions.

•Senior Facilitator Boot Camp (Regional)

A 'Senior Facilitator Boot Camp' will be organized with a total of 16 participants (2 per country) for an advanced two- day regional training in adjudication, debate skills and formats.

•Inter-hub Competitions

This will be small-scale competitions which will be held with local universities / high schools and NGOs and club-teams to practice debate and prepare for National Competitions.

•National Debate Championships

National debate tournaments will be held to complement and strengthen the proposed training cycle. It will also include debate motions directly linked to national and regional policy agendas. 

The tournaments will be held over 2 days and will involve teams from the different debate hubs.

Who are the beneficiaries?

The beneficiaries and stakeholders of the programme are divided into the following principal categories:

  • Young people (“YMV community debaters”), in the participating programme countries, - principally aged 16 to 25 - from diverse backgrounds.
  • Youth leaders (“YMV Ambassadors network”), who have gone through the first level of YAV Training and are primed to be involved in a next level of media and advocacy work,
  • Young Mediterranean Trainers principally aged between 18 – 35 who have gone through the delivery of YMV trainings (national, regional and master levels) 
  • CSOs - Youth NGOs and Cultural Organisations; Educational Institutions – Schools and Universities (“YMV Debating Hubs”) working at the delivery level and benefiting directly from the programme’s capacity-building measures, exchange schemes and support. 
  • Decision-makers who can benefit from knowing the priorities and needs of their young constituency and hearing their direct and credible voices that would inform their planning and decisions.
  • Media interested in having access to authentic voices that are not usually heard in mainstream media, as well as organisations working in the domain of digital media and digital debate facilitation.
  • Public sector institutions, interested in promoting education and social development as well as open and pluralistic society. 

How will communication take place?

The coordinator of the debate club, belonging to a specific hub, will communicate the debate club activities to the Hub Leads who will communicate the progress to the Country Manager ensuring easier and smoother interactions amidst the programme.

In which language will we debate?

Debate clubs shall choose to debate in either Arabic or English following the international debate standards. 

I want to be a Hub! - For Civil Society Organisations -

 

Application Form:  YMV - Hub Application 

 

Interested Civil Society Organisations are requested to submit their complete application by email to Rahma.Mida@tn.britishcouncil.org

Please put “ Young Mediterranean Voices – CSOs Hubs Recruitment ” in the subject of your e-mail.

* Only complete applications will be considered.

*Selection starts immediately upon publication of this call for application and placements may be filled before the indicated application deadline. Therefore, we encourage you to submit your application early. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

* Interviews will be held in June. Applicants are expected to be available during this time period for a personal/telephone/Skype interview.

Deadline: 03 June 2018.

 

I want to be a Hub Lead! - For High School Teachers / University Students -

 

Application Form: Arabic| English| French

 

Interested High School Teachers / University Students are requested to submit their complete application email to Rahma.Mida@tn.britishcouncil.org

 Please put in the subject of your email:

-  " Young Mediterranean Voices - High School Hubs Leads Recruitment " for High School Teachers applicants,

-  " Young Mediterranean Voices - University Hubs Leads Recruitment " for University Students applicants.

*Only complete applications will be considered.

*Selection starts immediately upon publication of this call for application and placements may be filled before the indicated application deadline. Therefore, we encourage you to submit your application early. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

*Interviews will be held in June. Applicants are expected to be available during this time period for a personal/telephone/Skype interview.

Deadline: 03 June 2018.

Civil Society Organisations Hub Leads will be recruited by the selected Civil Society Organisations.

 

For further information Info@tn.britishcouncil.org