Carpet made with recycled materials
Early this month, our president and co-founder, Zayn Abaakil presented the Dounia Project model during a UNICEF-led conference on Innovating for Children’s Rights in Arcachon, France. She conducted workshops on ways to engage young people online and offline and on strategies of sucessful global collaboration. We had a great feedback from the attendees including propositions to implement the project in high schools in France.
The Dounia Project team has now started working with a developer based in Greece on a new collaborative online platform and developing and updating new curricula for school and after-school settings.
Participants in Morocco, after a two-month long break came back and worked on a recycle project conducted by the Moroccan visual artist Maria Karim. They gathered abandoned objects and materials and they are in the process of creating furniture and decorative objects. The most important during these workshops is for the participants to understand the process of reusing materials that are usually discarded and their role as responsible global citizens caring about their environment.
Simultaneously, a group of new participants in Casablanca is starting a three-month long writing, video production and editing for fiction and non-fiction workshop conducted by the Moroccan videographer and Dounia Project assistant director Abdelhadi Zaatari. Participants will receive a certificate after completing all sessions and will apply for video contests relevant to their final productions.
Participants in all locations continue to use the closed Dounia Project Facebook group to communicate with each other, debate on issues and share their activities, talents, and creations. We are planning on migrating all content to the new platform by March 2015, where participants will once again have a dedicated space to debate, create, collaborate and exchange.
Event in Arcachon, France
Conference in Arcachon, France