2021-2022 ‘Youth for SDGs’ Virtual Exchange Program Wraps Up in Marrakech
Marrakech – The closing ceremony of the “Youth for Sustainable Development Goals” virtual exchange program for the 2021-2022 academic year was recently held in Marrakech, in the presence of representatives of the initiators of this project and the beneficiary youth.
This ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate the productions of participating students and partner schools as well as the facilitators of this program.
Initiated by the International Foundation for Training and Development and the Onslow County School District (USA), this virtual exchange program has targeted some 8 Moroccan and American schools for the 2021-2022 academic year and has involved 240 young people in several experiences.
Launched in December 2021 from the Al Hilali school in Marrakech, this pilot experience, which targets four schools in Marrakech, aims to strengthen language skills, soft skills and integration of the youth into the labor market.
Supported by the Stevens Initiative, under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of State, the program provides a unique opportunity for the youth to develop essential skills (leadership, communication, problem-solving, and active listening) without leaving their community, preparing them for their future careers.
The program focuses on three SDGs: 4-Quality Education, 10-Reducing Inequalities, and 17-Partnerships. Trained facilitators engage students in both synchronous (live) and asynchronous exchanges.
Through facilitated lessons focused on social studies/world affairs and arts education, participants develop greater global awareness while building critical 21st century skills and attitudes.
The program is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by the Aspen Institute.