SCW Impact in MENA
The majority of SCW graduates become grassroots advocates of civic values from within their respective local communities and culture. They have also gone on to form, register and lead 18 local centers across various cities. There are now a total of 47 youth groups in 11 countries that are overseen by SN21.
The program’s strength was put to the test during the Arab spring and the turmoil that followed but it remained strong and survived and proved to be universal. SN21 operates its national networks in Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia, and Sudan and some members run programs for women in Saudi Arabia. Most recently, programs have been devised for Syrian and Yemeni groups in Turkey and Jordan, and during the ISIS occupation of Iraqi provinces we were still able to form 5 new local groups.
The region civil development has been impacted by SCW via the following:
1- Getting young people in the region involved in local civic groups: these groups recognize the value of SCW in reaching out to youth and recruiting volunteers. The programs are hugely popular and on constant demand with over one thousand volunteers on long-term commitment and 100 paid staff.
2- Countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Algeria are widely regarded as closed societies with restrictions yet IFID has been successful in providing platforms and strengthening civic actors within the three countries.
3- Our work and mentoring of young people has led our network members and youth graduates to launch prominent and much needed civic campaigns, such as the Farewell to Arms in Iraq and Social Mobilization against Extremism in Tunis.
4- As we have expanded over the years so has the demands and needs from educational institutes such as private and public high schools have grown. SCW course are in such great demand that these schools have paid to have trainers run courses on their premises, these schools are diverse so one of the schools is in the Shia city of Najaf in Iraq, a Catholic school in Palestine, and in several schools in Morocco. a private university in Iraq have also requested to deliver SCW to their students.
5- unity in a divided societies is hard to achieve but our programme has broken this mould and supported young people to work together. This is due to the appeal of SCW civic values which the majority if not all of these young people belief and respect For example, during an intense period of Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum, our partners were the first to launch social-media campaigns to counter wide-spread hate messages.
Success Network 21 – شبكة نجاح 21