In 2016, Cartooning for Peace was asked by UNESCO’s NET-MED Youth programme to set up a pilot project in Morocco. NET-MED Youth is a three-year programme (2014-2017) funded by the European Union which works with youth organisations along the Eastern and Western Mediterranean Sea basins and more particularly in Algeria, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia. The programme addresses common challenges related to youth: social inclusion, lack of interest in civic engagement, insufficient representation in public, political and media spheres, high unemployment and low participation of women in the labour market.
Unesco Ned Med Youth, the programme “Youth Networks in the Mediterranean – NET MED Youth” implemented by the UNESCO with the support of the European Union, aims to promote youth citizen participation through capacity building of collaborative networks of youth organizations. Through the Media component of NETMED youth, UNESCO is committed to promoting better youth representation and strengthening the capacities of youth organizations and young media professionals. The later to analyse youth representation in the media and to conduct awareness-raising and advocacy actions to better take into account young people, their concerns, challenges, aspirations and creative forces.
Médias et Cultures is a young association based in Mohammedia that shares the values of social democracy, tolerance, social justice, human rights and citizenship. While these last years a significant development and/or a legal progression and positive rights are engaged in the country and starting from the simple observation that at the same time the Moroccan society is in resistance to these changes and to the social transformation, the members of the association gather around of digital campaigns projects in order to popularize, sensitize, inform, prevent and act on the topics of the human rights.
Institut français du Maroc (IFM) belongs to France’s cultural network abroad. It is based in Rabat and has 12 branches in the cities of Casablanca, Tangier, Marrakech, Rabat, Fez, Meknes, Tetouan, Oujda, Essaouira, Agadir, Kenitra and El Jadida. This establishment constitutes the main platform for dialogue between France and Morocco in the fields of culture and knowledge.
“Tsawar M3aya” is an original educational project based on press cartoons and caricatures developed to reflect the challenges and aspirations of Morocco’s youth. Presented in the form of thematic panels, it highlights young people’s views on issues relating to education, health, equality, employment and access to information. The aim of the exhibition is to promote the critical spirit of young people and to raise their awareness on Human rights through press cartoons.
The exhibition “Tsawar m3aya” (Imagine with me) is the result of a meeting between youth organizations engaged in promoting youth civic participation, promoting Human rights and freedom of expression in Morocco, and professional cartoonists: Saad Jallal, Khalid Gueddar, Mohammed Saadani, Ali Ghamir, Riham El Hour, Rik, Lahsen Bakti, Dahdouh, Curzio.
They participated together in training workshops about the Cartooning for Peace methodology for the liberation of speech through press cartoons and set up the first pilot workshops for young Moroccans.
Medias et Culture extends the process by organizing with the support of the French Institute of Morocco cycles around the Tsawar M3aya approach in 5 Moroccan cities (Rabat, Casablanca, Kenitra, Meknes and El Jadida) in partnership with the network CHOUALA (youth movement and popular education).
Thus, the pedagogy of Medias et Culture and Chouala is based on the recognition of young people’s desire to understand and build the world in which they live.
“Because young people are a force for proposals, often creative and innovative, these times of mediation around press cartoons place young people as actors by encouraging the exchange and emergence of citizen responses with and by young people themselves.” Abdelmajid Moudni, President of Media and Culture.
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Read more on the beginning of the program launching exhibition here.
Discover the exhibition “Tsawar M3aya” here.