MENA Salam Fellowship (Middle East and North Africa Salam Fellowship)
“Create Social Change through Inner Change”
Morocco, 21 - 23 March 2014
“We shall see value in synergizing our intentions while synchronizing our efforts across the region”
The recent events and the social movements across North Africa and the Middle East (MENA) region have highlighted the emergence of a new generation of leaders that yearn for social change. They long for meaningful work but don't know how to focus their energy and effectively impact their societies in the time of crisis. They shall see the creative chaos of this time as a great gift and opportunity to rethink, reconnect, and reinvent. If their authentic style of community organizing could be matched with the self-awareness, mindfulness and compassion practices of meditation, it could revolutionize how they affect social change.
The purpose of the fellowship is to engage young open-minded leaders and support their growth as change-makers to effectively contribute to the region’s democratic transition. The retreat will include interactive activities, meditation sessions, lectures and discussions providing the participants with new skills for non-violent resistance. They will wield the power of their position responsibly, with care for others in their heart, as a result of embodying the qualities of meditation.
This fellowship will be the first of its kind in the MENA region to bridge the gap between inner transformation and social change, which will lead to transformational activism.
- Bring young leaders and activists from the MENA region together, provide a forum for networking and exchange of experiences by fostering mutual understanding and dialogue and fighting against stereotypes and prejudices.
- Provide the participants with the tools to inner peace and leadership skills through mindfulness, self-discipline and compassion that helps strengthen their activism and place them in meaningful work.
- Promote active citizenship among young people and enhance their sense of solidarity by sharing their visions to manifest tangible changes in their communities.
- Full or partial sponsoring of airfare
- Free accommodation
- Free catering
- Free local transportation
- Candidates must be nationals and residents of these countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
- Candidates should be 18-30 years old at the time of submitting the application in order to receive the airfare support.
- Candidates must have completed at least 14 days of the online self-development program. Note that in order to submit the application form, candidates do not need to have completed the online self-development program.
- Candidates should be young leaders who are actively working in democracy, human rights and peace-building within the spheres of society, culture and media.
- Candidates should be optimistic, open-minded, show leadership potential, and have a genuine interest in peace and dialogue.
- Candidates should send a recommendation letter from their organizations.
- Candidates have good proficiency in written and spoken English language.
- Candidates need to pay a commitment fee of 100USD before the arrival to the retreat site (by Bank transfer or Western Union)
January 15th, 2014 at 18:00GMT
Should you need more information about the fellowship, please contact: Aya Chebbi, Africa and Middle East Youth Coordinator aya