PEACEapp workshop: Video games created by young migrants and refugees to boost intercultural dialogue

Thirty young migrants and refugees from ten countries have been trained to create video games though the MIT Media Lab gaming platform SCRATCH. This training is part of a three-day workshop on the theme “PEACEapp”, held from 28 to 30 January at the National Centre for Information for Children (CNIPE), at the initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), in partnership with NGO Association ADO+ and the Red Crescent Tunisian Association, TAP reports. This meeting aims in particular to boost intercultural dialogue and to offer young migrants and…

Imam preacher of Grand Holy Mosque of Makkah to perform Friday prayer in Tunis

Imam preacher of the Grand Holy Mosque of Makkah (Masjid al-Haram), Sheikh Dr. Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid will pay an official visit to Tunisia. Sheikh Dr. Saleh bin Abdullah bin Hamid, who is also member of the Arabic Language Academy in Mecca, will deliver the next Friday sermon and will perform the Friday prayer  in Malik Ibn Anas Mosque in Carthage suburb of Tunis, Tunisia. Sheikh Dr. Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid was also President of the Shura council of Saudi Arabia. TunisianMonitorOnLine  

United Nations Alliance of Civilisations organises PEACEapp workshop in Tunis

The United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) will organise Sunday a three-day PEACEapp workshop in Tunis, in partnership with civil society organisation ADO+ and in collaboration with the National Centre of Computer Science Training for Children (French: CNIPE), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN Refugee Agency and the Tunisian Red Crescent, TAP reports. “Around 30 young participants will be trained in computational thinking and digital literacy while developing video games through MIT Media Lab gaming platform SCRATCH,” reads a press release. Participants include Tunisian youth and young migrants…

Tunisia, most innovative country in Africa and Arab world

Tunisia confirms and strengthens its status as the most innovative country in Africa and the Arab world. This is apparent from the Bloomberg Innovation Index released on Tuesday 23 January. According to this Index in its 6th edition, Tunisia has moved up two spots compared to the last edition and ranked 43rd in the world ahead of Morocco, last in the top 50. The U.S. dropped out of the top 10 in the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index for the first time in the six years the gauge has been compiled.…

Tunisian classrooms to learn the Fun Academy way

Finnish company Fun Academy and Tunisia’s Ministry of Women, Family and Childhood have entered into a partnership to further the development of early-childhood education in Tunisia. The agreement seeks to enhance the capabilities of local education institutions to provide high-quality and non-discriminatory early-childhood education services. “We are so excited to be part of this important collaboration with the ministry to co-create and provide quality pre-school for children in Tunisia,” says Sanna Lukander, the CEO of Fun Academy. “We are here to learn, to share and to co-create the best start in life for…

Siena University trains civil society in Kasserine

Tuscany region development cooperation programme in Tunisia Siena university in partnership with the Université de Sousse and the Association Tunisienne de Droit Constitutionnel has organised a training course for members of civil society in Kasserine under the title “Décentralisation et participation en Tunisie”, ANSAmed reports. The course aims to strengthen the participation of women and young people in the process of consolidating the democratic transition in Tunisia, also in view of upcoming local elections – the first since 2011 – on May 6, according to ANSAmed. It is to be…

5+5 Dialogue: 14th Conference of Foreign Ministers opens in Algiers

The 14th Foreign Ministers’ Conference of the 5 + 5 Dialogue began Sunday in Algiers, TAP reports. The meeting is co-chaired by Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel and his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian. Tunisia is represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khemaies Jhinaoui. The Conference held under the theme: ” Western Mediterranean: consolidation of overall, shared and sustainable socio-economic development to meet the region’s common challenges” will focus on economic and social development and strengthening co-operation in the security field in management of regional crises, particularly in Libya and…

Freedom House on democracy in the world: “Tunisia is free”

The Freedom House organization released its report for 2018 on  freedoms of the world, including political rights and civil liberties, focusing on the only country, namely Tunisia, in the MENA region. The report said that in 2017 democracy faced its most serious crisis for decades while its basic tenets – free and fair elections, minority rights, freedom of the press and the rule of law – have been undermined all over the world. According to the report of the American NGO, political rights and civil liberties worldwide fell in 71…

Over 20 illegal migrants rescued in Mediterranean

25 illegal migrants were rescued on the offshore of the east coast of the Sfax city, Tunisian naval forces said Thursday evening in a statement. “The Tunisian Naval Forces have rescued 25 illegal migrants from drowning after boat broken down due to the foul weather conditions off Sfax city,” the same statement added. Migrants were from Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Bangladesh, Chad and Morocco as well as Tunisia along with a three-year old child on board. The statement noted the migrants left from Libya’s northwestern Zuwarah port on Monday night towards Italy.…

State mobilises 600 thousand dinars as part of framework contract

The State will guarantee for three years a framework contract nationwide to ensure sustainability of projects for young people, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said at a meeting with unemployed university graduates held on Sunday at the Denden Sectoral Training Centre in the Manouba governorate. He said that the young promoter can submit a request for funding to the Tunisian Solidarity Bank (BTS) which could grant a ceiling of 150 thousand dinars in addition to the transactions that will be made as part of a framework contract set up by the…