Life Screen Camp: Enhancing Economic Opportunities for Youth in Morocco

Life Screen Camp: Enhancing Economic Opportunities for Youth in Morocco

Twenty-seven high school students from Ouarzazate, Tata, Errachidia, Marrakesh and Tinghir benefited from a two-week training camp in Kenitra. Life Screen Camp offers young students from underprivileged areas in the south-east region of Morocco a new perspective to entrepreneurship and art. The camp is supervised by Tamdolt Association for Youth and Cultural Development and is sponsored by the US Embassy in Rabat through My Summer of Discovery Program, which gives associations a chance to organize such camps all over the country.

Abdderrahim Boualy a MEPI alumnus, the founder of Life Screen for Qaryati Initiative, and the Life Screen Camp manager said that the objective of the camp is to encourage young people from the south to leave their comfort zone, meet new people and discover their potential. According to Boualy, the camp is the first of its kind, and it is a great opportunity for students. “Life Screen for Qaryati has been my vision for many years, and now that it has come true, we’re trying to offer the participants the best experience.” Boualy added: “the camp is a follow-up of the initiative we started in different schools we had toured in Draa Tafilalet region a year ago. He went on to say that the trainings and workshops offered at the camp will surely help students develop their careers, and build a strong vision that will enable them become future entrepreneurs and change ambassadors in their communities.

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Participants have met inspiring speakers who shared their successful stories and experiences with them. They also benefited from various workshops including workshops in design thinking, public speaking, US exchange programs, and entrepreneurship. Abderrahim Bouassass, a participant from Errachidia expressed that the camp was a unique experience for him. “I really enjoyed all the workshops, but my favorites were design thinking workshop with AbdelAziz Noujoum, public speaking with Zakia Hmayda, and the exchange programs workshop with Ichrak Touri”. Wissal Boulahriss, a 17 year old participant from Marrakesh said that she came to the camp to get a new perspective on social entrepreneurship. “I learned from the skills and workshops accessible at the camp, and I met a lot of inspiring people”. Wissal added that she has made great friends, and was motivated to work her fellow campers and discover each one’s culture.

The activities of the camp were diverse, and included site visits to the AMIDEAST, the parliament, and the Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. One of the main activities of the camp was the entrepreneurship competition. The young entrepreneurs worked and developed project ideas throughout the duration of the camp and had the chance to present their projects and their business plans in front the Life Screen jury. Five projects were awarded for their innovation and ability to solve social problems. The team will conduct an online follow-up to advance and develop these projects and turn them from ideas on paper into businesses in real life.

Life Screen Camp just finished its first version, but Abderrahim Boualy and his team insists that it will not be the last. “We have equipped the participants with skills and a mindset to discover and solve some of the problems in their communities” said AbdelAziz Noujoum, the camp coordinator and a speaker at the camp. Nojoum added that all the workshops will benefit the young students in their studies, career and life in general, which is the main mission of the Life Screen for Qryati.

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Otmane Ikinou

Otmane Ikinou is a senior student at the Faculté polydisciplinaire De Ouarzazate belonging to English department. He is also a U.S. Department of State Alumni. He participated in NESA UGRAD Exchange Program. He was a student for two semesters at Humboldt State University in California. He joined Ouarzazate eNews as a citizen Journalist since 2012. He is currently one of the founders of the training program, 'Youth: Let's Learn Politics', and one of the board members of eNews Association. Otmane Ikinou is a young leader, volunteer, social activist and change maker in his community.