Young Moroccans refuse to participate in the political life of their country. They lose trust in the government and political parties. The effects are concerning: Young Moroccans are not willing to vote nor know what to expect from various political parties.

Start Making a Change

How can we shape future young decision makers, if the majority of young Moroccan people is not willing to participate in the political development of its country? How can we, as good citizens, be able to positively impact the policies of our countries? 

Founded in February 2014 as an independent, non-profit organization that aims to empower the Moroccan youth, from both an economic and a political perspectives. The OMJD has 780 General Assembly members, 16 Management Board members (50% of which are women) and approximately 19,000 followers and beneficiaries.

First of all, we must offer training sessions, lectures and coaching sessions on the importance of being a good citizen. The next step is to practice the lessons learned by participating in the political decision making of the country. Organizing debates on the different questions young people have on the different political aspects. Mainly issues that they have been ignored about. Narrowing the existing communication gap between politicians and young Moroccan by simply inviting these politicians and parliament members to directly answer the questions of the young participants.

Let’s Ask Questions

The training seminars we will cover different aspects and answer different questions such as:

  • “What are the missions of the city councils?”
  • “What are the priorities for our cities?” The trainees get to put the different missions in a priority order according to what they see to be the most important aspects that their respective cities need. Then at the end, the participants fill in a survey form. The data will be used to give a general overview of what the Moroccan youth think of politics.
  • “How to act effectively?”. The main idea here is to explain how one can administratively report the councils’ potential corruption or incompetence to higher authorities, petition signing, using the press… etc. All of the abovementioned elements will be in line with the legislative framework.
  •  “Making policy makers listen to us” (in Moroccan dialect + law consultant). This seminar tackles the means through which it is possible for youth, and civil society in general, to make pressure on city councils and policy makers in general.

In addition to workshops :

  • “How to develop my country in small steps by making the change in my direct environment?”
  • “Media and public decision making”
  • “Social networks and policy making” (giving examples of pressure that were made on politicians all around the world just by Facebook Users. How suggesting alternatives in social networks can promote the implication of youth in the decision-making process (many examples in Morocco and elsewhere))

Democracy in Expression

In rural areas Social Media is the only access to political participation. How could we use this tool to empower young citizens?

The participants will work on different forms of expression (pictures, videos, posters etc) in order to come up with content that could go viral through the internet and social networks. The idea is to choose meaningful, motivational and simple messages and create HD videos and pictures, in order to penetrate a large part of the Moroccan public, especially the young generation. The messages will encourage people to take actions before, during and after the elections, to seize their rights and fulfill their duties.

Aiming for Awareness

The ultimate objective of this project is to demystify the concepts related to the management of public affairs, especially at the local level. Through several workshops on various themes, we aspire to create a platform for discussion and debate, creating alternatives by encouraging young people to be more aware of their important role in the development of their country and to become involved in the public decision.

We firmly believe that the future of our country depends on our collective awareness and the maturity of the actions of each of us as Moroccan citizens. It is obvious to say that young people are the future of the country and the nation, but we must never forget that the future begins today; now.

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Youssef Faleh

President of "L´Organisation Marocaine des Jeunes Décideurs" (Moroccan Organization of Young Decision-Makers). Bachelor in Law 2011, Master Degree 2014 in International and Diplomatic Studies in Rabat/Morocco. Currently on his Ph.D. project.