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!
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.
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.