Empowering young people

Many young Tunisians want to speak out about the cultural and political issues affecting their lives, but may lack the opportunity or know-how.

That’s not the case with our Young Arab Voices programme, which aims to equip young Tunisians with the skills and confidence to speak up and be heard.


The programme in Tunisia is part of a regional programme in five other countries trying to collectively establish a culture of debate and dialogue in the region.

Partnering with the Anna Lindh Foundation – an organisation tied into the 43 governments of the Union for the Mediterranean – and working in co-operation with the education and civil society sectors, the work of our programme is based on setting up debating clubs and organising debating forums involving diverse groups of young people. Its objectives are:

  • increasing young people’s skills for public debate 
  • providing platforms for youth from diverse backgrounds to meet and exchange views 
  • providing targeted support for young bloggers, enabling them to bridge the gap between virtual and public space.


We have trained hundreds of  young  women and men on debating skills who cascaded the training to young people in their surroundings, in addition we  run a series of debate forums in cooperation with partners tackling some of the most pertinent issues in the country. We have started working with several student associations,  universities, high schools and local NGOs

Visit our post on the British Council Voices blog to watch participants in the British Council’s Young Arab Voices project confidently discuss international affairs with three of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders.

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