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.

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.