22 representatives from Young Arab Voices civil society partners gathered for four days in a charming Riad in Marrakech, Morocco from the 12th to the 17th of July for a unique training of trainers, designed and adapted for the needs of the Southern Mediterranean civil society.
The training methodology, developed by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) specially for this training, concentrated on how to use public debate for advocacy in order to contribute in advancing positive social and political change in countries covered by the Young Voices project which are: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Jordan.
The participants, representing the partners of the Anna Lindh Foundation and the British Council in addition to representatives from the Head of Networks of the Anna Lindh Foundation in all of Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt, learned during 4 days the principals of critical and analytical thinking, as well as the rules and structure of different debate models and discovered different techniques related to debating and advocacy.
In order to practice their debating skills and to face the public, a group of participants organised a mock debate in Jamaa El Fena square in Marrakech using street theatre tools. The experience was very positive and the show attracted more than 50 curious people from the square. During the last day of the training two indoors debate simulations were organised as well, one in the form of a public debate and the other in the form of a competitive debate.
The training of trainers which took place in Marrakech was the first event for Young Arab Voices - Year II, while a formal launching event will be organised in Rabat on the 10th of September. The best participants from the Marrakech ToT will benefit, in the upcoming months, from a Master training in Istanbul, which will enable them to become certified trainers for the programme.