Leading stakeholders in the future of Tunisia’s youth came together in Tunis on March 28th to discuss how to better serve youth needs in Tunisia’s poorer, largely interior governorates.

More than 40 people, including the HAICA president, representatives from different ministries (Youth and Sport, Education, Women, Ministry of Technology), the CAPJC, local NGOs, youth media clubs from greater Tunis, INGO representatives (Deutsche Welle Akademie, Globe Reporters, etc.), representatives from UNESCO as well as from the private sector, including media came together to discuss how to institutionalise Media and Information Literacy (MIL), and establish MIL centres in Tunisia’s interior governorates.

This first stakeholders’ meeting was organised by IREX Europe, Alternative media and Savoir*Devenir under the AFD-funded project JAMIL.net. JAMIL.net is a three-year project that aims to build the resilience of young Tunisians in the interior governorates to propaganda and extremist influences by teaching them media and information literacy and especially digital literacy. JAMIL.net will also work with local community media and community centres to increase youth citizen engagement and participation in local and national issues. Our goal is to institutionalise MIL by establishing a MIL Centre in Tunis with satellite centres in the governorates.

Our approach here is to facilitate a local stakeholder-led process, ensuring involvement of the authorities, local civil society including teachers’ groups, education institutions, local media and international organisations.

The meeting provided an opportunity for the participants to present what they are doing in the field of MIL and to update a mapping of MIL work presented by UNESCO in November 2017. In the afternoon, three working groups were formed to discuss the governance of the future MIL center, its mission and goals, as well as the mobilisation of resources.

This is just the beginning of the adventure, and if you or your organisation are interested in joining the discussion, do not hesitate to contact us!



IREX Europe’s project Jamil.Net is implemented with the support of The Agence Française de Développement (AFD)