Lamia Bazir was invited to deliver an opening speech during the Ceremony of the National Competition of the Junior Enterprise that honored 24 teams of Young entrepreneurs coming from all over Morocco.
This event was attended by key economic and political leaders including: M. Abbad Andaloussi (Founder of Injaz), Mrs Meriem Bensalah (President of CGEM), Mr. Hassan Ouriaghli (CEO of SNI), and M. Benkassmi (SG of the Ministry of Education).
In her speech, Lamia commanded Injaz Al Maghrib for promoting the entrepreneurial spirit within public schools. But she also emphasized that these initiatives should not be isolated. Indeed, Lamia insisted on the need to promote equal access to quality education to all children, and not to content with the minimum for the less advantaged ones. Lamia called all actors to go beyond standard infrastructural considerations, and promote all children’s access to extra-curricular activities, self-discovery, and fulfillment.
She questioned: “Let’s Wonder why your children, why our children, have the right to extraculricualr activities, to opening, to entrepreneurship and not others? Should we be limited because of the place where we are born?”
Lamia also stressed that public education should be a priority for all, even for those who send their children to private schools, because it is what will instill meritocracy, strengthen social cohesion, and make inequalities of arrival -and not departure- be accepted.
Indeed, Lamia advocated for social mixity in the class room rather than social divisions across public and private schools. She referred to the times of her father, when children of different social and economic classes were enrolled in the same class room and had the same chances to succeed. Hence, she highlighted the danger of the growing lack of social mixity.
For Lamia Bazir, this can lead not only to frustrations and feelings of injustice, but also to a disconnect of a certain elite who, even if she accesses positions of power, would be unaware of the real needs and realities of its society.
Last but not least, she praised Injaz for promoting values of cooperation, constructive and transparent competition, hard work, integrity, group solidarity and merit; values that she considered essential to Morocco’s growth and development.
The event was a moment of celebration, Learning, and sharing for all participants and winners!
On Saturday 30, for the very first time, the school of Adghagh Ain Mersa, in the Middle Atlas Mountains, was transformed into a space of life and learning, and was equipped with innovative and interactive pedagogical material (maps, globes, games, skeletons, etc ).
More than 200 children from Adghagh participated in this unique event in their village. They learned to bypass their spatial isolation by locating themselves on maps, presenting their Amazigh and Arabic cultures, meeting youth from other countries, adopting environmentally friendly practices, and even learning astronomy!
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Knowing that children in the Middle Atlas Mountains face a lot of difficulties in education (distance, lack of school support, linguistic barrier, spatial isolation) and rarely (if never) benefit from extracurricular activities, this initiative addressed the risk of school alienation, broadened children’s cultural, geographic, scientific horizons, and stimulated their creativity and imagination.
The “Discovery Day” is the second component of this initiative. From April 10th to 17th, ten youth from the same village got passports, visas, and traveled outside of the Ifrane area for the very first time! They participated in an exchange program in Norway, where they built new friendships and were introduced to another culture and education system.
This initiative was launched in the form of a citizen action by Lamia Bazir that aims to promote volunteering and social responsibility among youth.
Lamia Bazir came up with this project thanks to her friendship and consultation with the local women of the village. She also mobilized Joshua Cabell a peace corp volunteer who lived in the village, regional NGOs like AESVT, professors and students from Al Akhawayn University, volunteers from peacecorps, the school pedagogical corps, and friends.
While she was a student at Columbia University in 2014, Lamia Bazir was invited by the United Nations’ Secretary general special envoy on youth Ahmed El Handaoui to an interactive working session organized by UNICEF. This session aimed at highlighting the common mindset and challenges of this new generation of youth.
This session gathered young leaders from Europe, Asia, and Africa who exchanged on their needs and aspirations for their respective regions and the world. Lamia stressed the priorities of youth in Morocco and the MENA region which include quality education, stability, and more space and representation in public institutions.
Lamia Bazir was invited on Moroccan Radio Channel Medi 1, to speak of her award by the United Nations and MBC.
After describing her own volunteering work, she emphasized that “in societies where the youth is marginalized and hopeless, volunteering can be a source of integration, recognition, and growth.”
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Lamia Bazir participates in the the United Nations General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) and reports on several sessions.
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I belong to this new generation of youth that refuse to be reduced to a role of figuration.
I belong to this new era, where each individual is a national and global citizen claiming the right to achieve himself, and to contribute to the future of his country and to the prosperity of our global community.
Therefore, I have acknowledged the Millennium Development Goals and committed to their promotion and bettering in my various activities. I have also integrated the 8 MDGs in one single project (EWA) to showcase that it is through an integrated approach that we will have the strongest impact.
I also had the opportunity to participate in the United Nations Working Groups (in New York) to design, discuss, and elaborate the SDGs, and the post 2015-agenda. This involvement and adherence at an early stage has also led to a new commitment in the global goals and their more concrete form and targets.
In my country Morocco, I participate in awareness campaigns in order to get people, especially youth, think and discuss the meaning, relevance, and impact the SDGs can have on their daily lives, and on the advancement of the country at large.
It was during an open session on women in the global agenda that Lamia Bazir was spotted and selected to be a representative at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
Her outspokeness, and innovative vision attracted the “Third World Network” to nominate her as one of their representatives at the United Nations.
For one year, and in parallel to her graduate studies, Lamia was able to attend some the highest level panels and most decisive sessions on the elaboration of the Sustainable Development Goals and the post 2015-Agenda.
Hence, this exposure enabled her to know and understand the internal dynamics within the United Nations, to be exposed to the UN Body, Member States, and NGO representatives, and most importantly to get diversified perspectives on the challenges of development, cooperation, and security within and among nations.
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In 2015, Lamia Bazir was awarded the United Nations’ Volunteering Award by the United Nations and the MBC Group.
This award was attributed to her in recognition of her sustained support for rural women in the Atlas mountains, her innovative and sustainable vision, and her volunteering activities in favor of women’s empowerment.
She received her award from Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, the United Nations Secretary- General’s Special Envoy on Youth and Mazen El Hayek Spokesperson of the MBC Group.
Lamia uses this award as a symbol of confidence in her work and values. Eversince her recognition, she continues to support local women and promotes youth volunteering in Morocco. She has engaged young students from different schools as volunteers to support women’s projects.