Grand Ceremony for Fez OIC Youth Capital 2017 Programme held
On 24 November 2017, the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) and Moroccan Ministry of Youth held the closing festivities and ceremony for the Fez OIC Youth Capital 2017 Program, crowning a series of youth events in partnership with the Moroccan Ministry of Youth and Sports, under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
Throughout the program, youth from around the world engaged in activities emphasizing the role of youth in countering extremism, and in developing new narratives for change, growth and active citizenship. In attendance was H.E. Palestinian Minister of Youth and Sport, who was entrusted with the Key of Fez, a symbol of the city as a youth capital. He promised to uphold the example of civilization and diversity set by the historic city of Fez, in the upcoming al-Quds al-Sharif OIC Youth Capital 2018 programme.
The program ended with engaging performances from the Street Art Festival, recommendations from the Youth Forum for the Prevention of Extremism and Violence; and commitments from youth to enhance Islamic solidarity in all that they do.
Youth Forum for the Prevention of Extremism and Violence Opened in Fez OIC Youth Capital 2017 Programme
On 21-24 November 2017, the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) organized an international forum on the ‘Prevention of Extremism and Violence’ in partnership with the Moroccan Ministry of Youth and Sports, and under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco as part of the ‘Fez OIC Youth Capital 2017’ Programme.
The international forum presented a number of dynamic panels on best practices, relevant policy frameworks and implementation mechanisms in countering radicalism, emphasizing the role of civil society in countering violence and radicalism, and the unique role of youth in developing new narratives for constructive change, civic engagement and political participation. The event was held in the historic Fez City Hall, with attendance of a number of high-level dignitaries and scholars including. Also in attendance were a number of representatives of international organizations, NGO’s and youth delegates.
The Forum emphasized the strategic value of youth, and emphasized the need to create inclusive future-oriented narratives that appeal to the inherent civic duty in youth, while calling on youth to identify pathways and mechanisms for constructive changes, develop their capacities in decision-making and policy-building and take on the role of positive agents for change in their respective societies.
OIC Youth Street Art Festival takes off under Fez OIC Youth Capital 2017 Programme
As part of the celebrations of Fez as OIC Youth Capital 2017, the “OIC Youth Street Art Festival” was launched on November 22, successfully organized by ICYF and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Morocco under the high patronage of the Kingdom of Morocco, with the participation of more than 50 local and international young poets, performers and artists.
Throughout the program, Youth showcased their talents, developed their skills and engaged with the expressive festival atmosphere to learn from leading artisans and performers while attending multiple workshops.
Speaking on behalf of ICYF, Ms. Tugba Ceren Cerci (Programme Coordinator of ICYF) delivered a welcoming speech to the participants of “OIC Youth Street Art Festival” during the workshops, encouraging youth to create constructive identities for themselves through creative expression, Islamic solidarity and civic engagement. At the end of the workshops young artists will perform a special show at the closing ceremony of Fez-OIC Youth Capital 2017, as an outcome of the three day festival.