18 April 2024

School of Democracy- Engaging with politics (course of 2024)

The ‘School of Democracy’ is an initiative of several Dutch political foundations to reach out to young Morrocans, to support and motivate them to strengthen democracy worldwide, starting from their own environment.

Are you a young adult, with an interest in politics and democracy, with a hunger to expand your network in Morocco and abroad, and are you looking for ways to translate your ideas and dreams into concrete action? Then this is your chance!

The training series aims to inspire young adults to engage in a dialogue with politics, with civil society and with each other. They are intended for young adults who are interested in political and socio-economic issues from a democratic perspective and include topics such as the role of the state, society and individual in the country. Participants are invited to look at the situation in Morocco, at the possibilities and solutions that are within reach. The trainings are more practical than theoretical and aim to provide the tools and skills to become an active citizen aware of the responsibilities and opportunities.

The topics that will be discussed include theory on politics in Western Europe, Moroccan politics and socio-economic issues, tasks in public life. A lot of attention will be given to training skills: debating, presenting, analysing, negotiating, lobbying and advocacy, problem-solving in your community via politics and civil society, management of projects,…

Practical information

The course consists of two training sessions spread over 3 days. Selected participants are expected to participate in both trainings. The trainings will take place in Rabat from Friday until Sunday, starting Friday afternoon and ending Sunday around lunch.

The training dates are

26-28 April            Talking political parties and democracy, why should you care? 

24-26 May            Engaging with politics and the role of civil society

The trainings are free of charge and participants will be accommodated in shared rooms in a hotel in Rabat. Reimbursement of transport costs is possible if participants are unable to provide for this themselves.


  -   English-speaking.

  -   Able to attend all training sessions.

   -   Haven't participated in a previous "school of democracy" training.

If you want to participate, please send your resume and motivation letter in English to nimar@hum.leidenuniv.nl before Thursday 18 April 2024. The selected candidates will be contacted before 22 April 2024. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

More information about the organizers

This project is organized together with NIMAR, by the Eduardo Frei Foundation of the CDA (the Christian-democratic party in the Netherlands) since 2014. As of 2018 three other Dutch political foundations have joined. This year’s course will also facilitated by the political foundation of the Dutch Liberal Democrats (VVD), the political foundation of the D66 Party (Dutch Democrats) and the Max van der Stoel Foundation of the PvdA (Social Democratic party).