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Youth Forum 2020

Youth Forum 2020

Addressing the Youth Challenge. How to Avoid a Lost Generation in the Mediterranean

Monday 30 November, 9 am CET

 

In 2020, the world has come together to face the global challenge of COVID-19. With its health, economic and social repercussions, the pandemic has indistinctively disrupted nearly all aspects of life for societies throughout the Mediterranean, posing a considerable threat for the region’s youth in the spheres of education, employment, and access to essential services. Furthermore, these concerns go hand in hand with several pre-existing issues in the area, such as the growing rate of youth unemployment, social exclusion, vulnerability, and institutional barriers. Overall, few issues in the region seem as urgent as finding solutions for the inclusion of the large youth population, expected to carry the burden of the long-term consequences of the crisis.

In order for the region’s youth to thrive as global citizens, their empowerment through the application of their untapped potential is crucial. In this regard, the Mediterranean area is not exempted from action. With its long history as a hub for creativity and invention, this could be an opportunity for the Mediterranean to reaffirm its role as a region capable of innovation and inclusiveness. But to exploit the untapped potential of the region’s youth, significant changes will have to be made.

To this end, MED Mediterranean Dialogues 2020 launches the second edition of the “Youth Forum Contest – Ideas and Project at Work” – realised by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI, in collaboration with the Representation of the European Commission in Italy, the Boston Consulting Group, the European Training Foundation, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, as part of MED Mediterranean Dialogues 2020. The purpose of this competition is to give a selected number of Mediterranean youths the chance to present their innovative ideas in front of a high-level audience, in order to promote their work and enhance their visibility. This year, the Youth Forum Contest will promote young leaders whose ideas and projects focus on finding innovative and creative responses to the pandemic crisis in the Mediterranean region. Participants will have a unique opportunity to present projects aimed at facilitating dialogue and fostering development and cooperation in the broader Mediterranean region. In line with the purpose of the contest, all the advanced projects will cover topics related to one of the two groups, respectively focused on Culture and Civil society (Culture and Education; Civil society; Health) and Business and New Economic Models (Employment and Business; Food and Water Security; Urban Innovation). At the end of all presentations, the professional jury and the audience attending the event will vote a winner for each group that will be proclaimed during the following panel. The two winners will then be awarded a prize of € 2,500 for the further development of their projects. In addition, participants will also be given the chance to present the development of their projects to a dedicated panel at MED2021 Mediterranean Dialogues next year.

OPENING REMARKS

Chiara Lovotti, Associate Research Felllow, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Italy

YOUTH CONTEST

Mahmoud Abd Rabu – project “Decentralized School System”

Tariq Al-Olaimy – project “Recipes for Wellbeing”

Haidar Anbar – project “Design an integrated Sharing system to link the diferent medical facilities remotely with a central unit”

Sofa Ditano – project “UNVEIL”

Paola Ibrahim – project “COVID-19 Emergency Health Response in Syria”

Marilena Maragkou – project “WE AfriHUG2021”

Bouchra Messaoudi – project “IRADA”

Hala and Heba Nasreldin – project “Mediterranean Homeless Initiative”

Roberto Renino – project “Lebanon’s Farmers Souk”

Hibah Shadi – project “Dronegency”

Chaired by:
Forsan Hussein, Zaitun Ventures and Adel Hamaizia, Chatham House

“ARAB YOUTH SURVEY” PRESENTATION
Florence Gaub, Deputy Director, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and Osama Filali Naji, Founder & CTO, Arab Research & Advocacy Bureau

CLOSING REMARKS
Marina Sereni, Vice-Minister of Foreign Afairs and International Cooperation, Italy

NOMINATION OF THE 2 WINNERS OF THE YOUTH FORUM CONTEST

 

Winning Projects


These are the 2 awarded projects

Lebanon’s Farmer SOUK

Project by:
Roberto Renino

The COVID-19 outbreak had worsened the already critic conditions concerning food security in Lebanon. In this situation, several residents started to produce their own processed food and dairies. Supporting Lebanese citizens before and in the aftermath of the pandemic is crucial. To this end, this initiative aims at connecting local farmers and food producers with consumers through developing a website, a mobile application (using GIS), and organizing training (in different sectors like home agriculture, food processing and production). These training will also allow young employees to develop their own business.

COVID-19 Emergency Health Response in Syria

Project by:
Paola Ibrahim

The main goal of the project is to raise the awareness of 1,000 vulnerable Syrian families from the Jaramana Rural Damascus area (selected according to a Vulnerability Assessment) about the pandemic, on how to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, and the safe attitude to adopt. By the end of the intervention, these families will be followed by qualified staff to accompany and assess their needs and to develop the project further.

All Projects


The selected participants

DRONEGENCY

Project by:
Hibah Shadi

This pioneering project, considered the first of its kind in North Africa, answered to the frequent need for immediate blood transfusions in Libya by offering fast and safe blood delivery services through the employment of a fleet of GPS-tracked drones. Starting with the capital Tripoli, the proposal aspires to save lives in crowded and remote places across the country by connecting and supplying all the Libyan medical centres with the few blood banks available.

Mediterranean Homeless Initiative

Project by:
Hala & Heba Nasreldin

At the core of this initiative are the Mediterranean homeless, hidden victims of the pandemic whereby staying at home to isolate themselves from the virus is not an option. To solve this issue, the applicants intend to launch a homeless response system by establishing a youth-based electronic platform for raising awareness on homeless across the Mediterranean and providing the necessary means for improving their lives through dedicated supporting institutions.

Recipes for Wellbeing

Project by:
Tariq Al-Olaimy

The project works towards shifting the culture of social entrepreneurship, business, and change-making to include a focus on holistic wellbeing to enable anyone to contribute more effectively to creating positive change in the world. Its website display 140+ freely accessible wellbeing “recipes”, covering mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and digital wellbeing practices, as well as interactive workshops, and wellbeing labs. Applicable to teams, individuals, organizations, and communities.

COVID-19 Emergency Health Response in Syria

Project by:
Paola Ibrahim

The main goal of the project is to raise the awareness of 1,000 vulnerable Syrian families from the Jaramana Rural Damascus area (selected according to a Vulnerability Assessment) about the pandemic, on how to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, and the safe attitude to adopt. By the end of the intervention, these families will be followed by qualified staff to accompany and assess their needs and to develop the project further.

UNVEIL

Project by:
Sofia Ditano

By implementing unconventional non-formal education and youth work, this project aspires to prevent domestic violence by teaching young people from high schools to recognize the phenomenon since its initial phase, as well as to create a community of aware youngsters capable of identifying, reacting and reporting domestic violence. Developed in high schools across Italy, it also aspires to scale in local schools in Egypt and potentially UAE.

Lebanon’s Farmer SOUK

Project by:
Roberto Renino

The COVID-19 outbreak had worsened the already critic conditions concerning food security in Lebanon. In this situation, several residents started to produce their own processed food and dairies. Supporting Lebanese citizens before and in the aftermath of the pandemic is crucial. To this end, this initiative aims at connecting local farmers and food producers with consumers through developing a website, a mobile application (using GIS), and organizing training (in different sectors like home agriculture, food processing and production). These training will also allow young employees to develop their own business.

IRADA

Project by:
Bouchra Messaoudi

The initiative has a clear goal to provide Algerian Down syndrome individuals with the opportunity to improve their skills in different spheres (such as drawing and arts) to integrate them with other social groups through their works. Furthermore, it also aims at changing the social stereotype around this group in the Algerian society by raising awareness on social media. This program will gradually result in encouraging people to include them in the community efficiently and give them space to show their capacities and be productive individuals.

Decentralized School System

Project by:
Mohamad Abd Rabu

This project has been designed to assist teachers and students in adopting distance education strategies instead of traditional, face to face classroom activities, severely affected by the impact of COVID-19. By offering a new online-based platform, it aims at improving the education system by decentralizing the testing process and providing various competitive educational services that could meet the needs of teachers and students.

WE AfriHug 2021

Project by:
Marilena Maragkou

The fourth edition of the broader WE AfriHug project, an educational initiative of the Youthmakers Hub, this project aims to promote Erasmus+ and widen the participation of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in all African Countries and the Mediterranean region including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, through digital training seminars. A Country Ambassadors (CR) will connect the WE AfriHug team with local partners, to collaborate for identifying the local needs.

Design an Integrated Sharing System to link the different medical facilities with a central unit

Project by:
Haidar Anbar

This project’s objective is twofold: to develop a low-cost system to support telemedicine services related to digital medical images and laboratory test; and purchase an integrated, automated system that stores, distribute and displays these images. By facilitating the share of information remotely, this system will play a unique role in avoiding the spread of COVID-19 and connecting isolated or low-serviced areas in the MENA region and beyond.