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2016 SafirLab: alongside a committed youth from the Arab World

The SafirLab program initiated by the Institut français and CFI, assist young actors from the Arab world committed to citizenship projects. The 2016 edition will welcome new countries and attribute, for the first time, the Denis Pietton scholarship.
On issues such as a right to education, awareness of healthcare stakes, setting up citizen media, women’s rights, all over the Arab world, young people have become active in developing their societies, improving their daily lives and promoting freedom of expression. Since 2012, SafirLab, a laboratory for change of the Institut français and CIF, assist such young actors from societies undergoing change through workshops, tutoring and meetings organized in Paris.

SafirLab 2016: new participating countries

To be held from October 31 to November 12, the 2016 edition of SafirLab will prove to be innovative in several ways by opening up to three new Arab countries, it will now be intended for young committed individuals from Algeria, Egypt, etc.
Whether for leaders of web platforms encouraging charity work in Algeria, citizenship clubs in Tunisian schools or for social media in the West Bank, initiators of educational workshops in Libya or film screenings in Yemen, the SafirLab participants now serve as an engine for the economic, social and cultural life of their country.
The program enables them to strengthen their skills as well as their network, discover the dynamism and expertise of the French social society in terms of solidarity in entrepreneurship and new media, and thus establish fruitful contacts with possible actors and partners.

Denis Pietton Scholarship

The 2016 edition will also for the first time attribute a Denis Pietton scholarship to one of the program’s participants, this year initiated by paying a tribute to Denis Pietton, former Institut français President, particularly attached to the Arab world and convinced of the importance that lies in assisting young people from North Africa and the Middle East by helping them achieve freedom of expression. With an endowment of 10,000 Euros, the Denis Pietton scholarship has been awarded following the SafirLab’s closing, on November 17.