Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 June 2010

Morocco / Rap music to prevent illegal migration by young people




Morocco / Rap music to prevent illegal migration by young people



RABAT, Morocco, June 30, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Thousands of people have been thronging the streets of downtown Khouribga, the Moroccan town where the “Awareness-raising weekend for the prevention of illegal migration by children and young people” has been taking place over the last few days. The event coincided with the launch of an information campaign organised under the SALEM (Solidarité Avec Les Enfants du Maroc) programme. The project was organised by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) with funding from Italian Development Cooperation, in partnership with the Moroccan institutions.

30 information booths for local associations and institutions, opportunities for debate on young people’s issues and on their vision for the future in Morocco, treasure hunts and break-dance competitions. These and numerous other initiatives featured in the 2-day event in Khouribga, the climax being a performance by rap, fusion and traditional musicians.

As Giulia Micciché, the leader of the IOM project, explained, SALEM’s goal “is to help prevent the unlawful migration of young Moroccans. One way to do this is to develop social activities organised by young people themselves. The challenge is to set up a social system at the local level, a system that can offer real alternatives to migration. Thus, to transform migration into just one of many options and not the only escape route from a situation of social exclusion”.

During the event, which attracted not just adolescents but also families with young children, the young people of Khouribga were provided with information on opportunities to sign up for training courses or university studies, or to discover various activities to occupy their free time – from theatre courses to football tournaments.

Launched in October 2008, the activities organised under the SALEM project have involved about 1400 beneficiaries aged 9-22 and will end in September 2010.



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