HM the King Mohammed VI inaugurated on Wednesday in the town of Aït Melloul (Inezgane-Aït Melloul prefecture), the youth platform “Argana” for listening and guidance, giving a strong boost to the programs of the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH), which is in its third phase.
This project, carried out as part of INDH program III “Improving the income and economic inclusion of young people”, reflects the Sovereign’s particular interest in the development of young people and his desire to provide them with a variety of tools capable of stimulating a spirit of initiative and entrepreneurship among them and guaranteeing them better socio-economic integration.
It will enable young people in the Souss-Massa region to make the most of the “Integrated Business Support and Financing Program”, which was drawn up in accordance with the Royal High Guidelines and includes several measures designed to contain and overcome the difficulties hindering access to finance for young project holders and small businesses.
The “Argana” youth platform for listening and guidance, which cost nearly 7 million dirhams (MDH) to set up, contains facilities for reception, entrepreneurship, employment and listening areas, an auditorium, workshops, a media library, a sports hall as well as a mini-football field.
This platform, which is a meeting point for the various players involved in the integration of young people and a response to the expectations of young people seeking job opportunities, aims to facilitate access for target people to information on the job market and to encourage them to create their own businesses.
This space will be supervised by teams specializing in guiding, listening to and supporting beneficiaries in the process of designing their professional projects.
In addition to the “Argana” youth platform for listening and guidance, the Souss-Massa region has also seen the realization, at the level of the Agadir – Ida Outanane prefecture, of the cultural space “Dar Momkin” in the Lagouira district, and that of the “Stars of Souss” in the El Farah district (central Bensergao), within the framework of the National Initiative for Human Development.
The “Dar Momkin” cultural space, which required a budget of nearly 6.7 million dirhams, is a new space to support young people aged 18 to 28 years old who wish to improve and learn new skills.
Through reading, writing, drama, music and video activities, the space seeks to promote critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, openness to others and citizenship values among the beneficiaries. It offers beneficiaries the opportunity to explore the possible, to regain confidence and to nourish hope.
As for the cultural space “Stars of Souss”, it is the third center of its kind initiated by the Ali Zaoua Foundation, after the one in Casablanca ( Stars of Sidi Moumen) and the one in Tangier ( Stars of Détroit).
A place of learning, discovery, sharing but also of expression, the Center ” Stars of Souss”, which currently has 240 members (53 percent are girls) aged 6 to 28 years, houses courses in drama, visual arts, dance, music and foreign languages, taught by 13 teachers.
The Center is also a creative platform accessible to talents of all ages. Artistic accompaniment and creative coaching programs are in fact set up through concerts and shows to support and encourage vocations.
On this occasion, the Sovereign handed over twenty-eight minibuses, including 26 for school transport and two for the transport of sportsmen, to the presidents of the town and beneficiary associations under the jurisdiction of the prefecture of Agadir Ida-Outanane. These minibuses, acquired within the framework of the INDH, will undoubtedly help to improve school conditions, combat school dropout rates among students in target rural areas and promote sports activities.
All these projects are part of the third phase of the INDH (2019-2023), which mobilizes a budget of 18 billion dirhams with the aim of preserving the dignity of citizens, improving their living conditions and developing human capital, in accordance with the dynamic set in motion by the Initiative since its launch in 2005.
This third phase is structured around four main programs, namely, the reduction of deficits in infrastructure and basic services, support for persons in difficult situations, improvement of the income and economic inclusion of young people, and boosting the human capital of the rising generations.