On Thursday, December 3, 2020, a working session between the state of Tunisia and the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy was held intending to collaborate toward community projects implemented within the framework of the "Youth Leader for a Better Tomorrow" Project.
This session took place in the headquarters of the state of Capital Tunis under the supervision of Mr. Al-Shadli Bouallag, the center's chairman Mr. Radwan Al-Masmoudi, his deputy Mr. Salah Al-Din Al-Jurshi, representatives of regional official institutions, Namely the regional delegate of education, the regional delegate of culture, and the regional delegate of vocational training and employment.
The youth leader gave a detailed account of these projects and their needs for implementation, calling on the provincial authority represented by the governor and the various attendees from public institutions and civil society to help, especially on the level of funding.
These projects affect several areas: "Fighting Drugs among Youth" in Sidi Hussein, "Our Garden" (Reopening of a Public Park in Sidi Hussein), "Communication between the municipality and the citizen" (Establishing an interactive application between citizens and the municipality), "What We Leave You Back" (Integrating young prison graduates into vocational training and facilitating their access to work), "Solidarity Economy and certificate creation" Empowering Tunisia's Youth With Anti-Corruption Mechanisms), RE-SET (Reducing school dropout in Sidi Hussein area).
In response to youth projects, Tunisia's governor Al-Shadli Bouallag confirmed his willingness to provide the necessary means and facilities to support these youth. He expressed his appreciation for these initiatives and their role in resolving some of the problems that occur in many areas in the province.
The governor also pledged to coordinate with public institutions and civil society components in this regard, both in attendance and by expanding the scope of cooperation to execute these projects.
The governor confirmed that such initiatives solidify the partnership between civil society and the state to lift the youth of marginalized areas out of loss and restore hope to them.
Radwan al-Masmoudi, head of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, praised the positive reaction of the state and most of the regional actors and expressed his hope that these promises will be translated into reality in the shortest time possible.
Al-Masmoudi said these initiatives aim to give youths the chance to make their community projects successful in collaboration with the state and its representative institutions.
The youth leaders participating in the first part of this project proposed 31 community-based projects to be implemented in five states to address some of the problems in their areas, after having received more than 9 months of training on fighting corruption and extremism, instilling citizenship and democracy values, leadership skills, and community entrepreneurship. And the states are Greater Tunis, Bizerte, Jendouba, Kairouan.