Youth Empowerment is one of the most important causes of advocacy for Lamia Bazir. She participates in many events and conferences for and with youth. Nonetheless, Lamia considers that empowerment should not be exclusive to urban youth and should target youth in rural areas as well.
Indeed, Lamia Bazir is convinced that rural populations can not be considered as passive beneficiaries of national strategies and plans, but rather need to be empowered with tools and knowledge to become powerful actors of change. To be part of this dynamic, Lamia has coordinated a very inspiring and impactful program from April 10th to April 17th.
Ten youth who never got the opportunity to go beyond the boundaries of their communes took an airplane for the first time in their lives and traveled to Norway for a week. In this program coordinated by Lamia Bazir and Joshua Cabell, a peacecorp volunteer who lived in the village years ago,- the young participants discovered another country and way of life, exchanged with children their age, participated in educational activities, and as importantly, took part in a workshop on solar energy that will be used for the local development of their village.
One week after their return to Morocco, on April 26th, the norwegian students will also visit Morocco and together they will apply solar energy learnings in the instalations for the multiservice center launched by the local women in the village of Adghagh(EWA).
For Lamia Bazir, the goal of this program is to empower youth in marginalized villages with leadership, ambition, confidence and important values among which cooperation and tolerance.
For Lamia: “Cultural exposure can be a life changing event for every single child, in this small initiative I tried to showcase that it should not be restricted by income or geography anymore!”
Read the full story on Huffington Post http://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/2016/04/12/ewa_n_9669358.html?1460470087