In Tunisia, Jews gather at Africa’s oldest synagogue under tight security

Under tight security at Africa’s oldest synagogue, Jewish pilgrims on Wednesday staged their biggest religious ceremony in Tunisia since a 2011 revolution undermined security in the North African country. Mainly Muslim Tunisia is home to one of North Africa’s largest Jewish communities. Though they now number less than 2,000 people, Jews have lived in Tunisia since Roman times. In 2011, after the uprising that toppled former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali the annual celebration was canceled, and in following years only a few hundred attended, fearing attacks by hardline…

French-Tunisian baker on the secrets behind Paris’ best baguettes

A French-Tunisian baker, who has won the right to supply the French presidential palace with baguettes for a year, says kneading is the secret behind his prize-winning loaves. “A lot of people go too quickly with the kneading,” Mahmoud M’seddi told the BBC. He is the latest winner of the annual best baguette in Paris competition. Mr M’seddi makes his first visit to the Elysée Palace on Friday and will now start hand-delivering his baguettes. He is the fourth North African in the last six years to win the award.…

SOS TUNISIA INAUGURATES ITS DIGITAL HOUSE

SOS Children’s Villages Tunisia inaugurated a Digital House in March 2018 in Gammarth Village, in partnership with Union Internationale de Banques (UIB). The Digital House will introduce children to technology as an essential learning tool, in a digital era where the speed and breadth of knowledge are increasing, and where social and economic transformation is enhanced through technology. The Digital House aims to provide children with interactive learning materials, and to stimulate their sense of observation, memorization, creativity, and problem solving skills. It will initiate children aged from two to six years old to reading…

Third edition of Hammemet Vélo Challenge due on April 29, 2018

The Hammamet Vélo Club will organize under the aegis of the Tunisian Cycling Federation the third round of the al-terrain bicycles (ATB) Cup: The Hammamet Vélo Challenge which will take place on Sunday, April 29 in Hammamet. The Golf Citrus Hammamet will host the fans of cycling and hiking to find out an exceptional course in a unique landscape setting, an ideal trip to get in touch with nature, and experience an exceptional adventure in a friendly and sporty atmosphere. After two editions praised by the visitors, the Hammamet  Vélo…

ATUGE addresses ways to turn mobility of Tunisian talents into opportunity

“A new approach is required to turn the mobility of Tunisian talents into an opportunity,” Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Slim Khalbous Thursday told participants in the 27th edition of the Annual Forum of the Network of Tunisian Students and Graduates of top French Engineering and Business Schools (French: ATUGE). The event was held in Tunis on the theme: “Mobility of Talents: Opportunities and Challenges for Tunisians.” Rolling out a strategy intended to capitalise on Tunisians’ mobility, the Minister said there are three major thrusts, namely specialisation, a…

Tunisia, Morocco decide to reject ‘colonial’ French in favour of English

Tunisian activists have launched a campaign to demand that French is renounced as the second language in the country and replaced with English. Activists who launched the Hashtag #NotoFrenchyestoEnglish believe English is more widely used in science, technological development and research. The campaign was launched in Morocco in March before moving to Tunisia. Former Tunisian Minister of Education, Neji Jalloul, had previously said he was seeking to add English as well as Portuguese and Chinese as subjects in the third year of primary school without giving up French. In a…

AEE Tunisia Chapter organizes info session on CEM

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Tunisia Chapter organized on Sunday in Tunis an info session on the Certified Energy Manager (CEM). The event gathered eminent experts in the energy fields, academics and students who came to enrich a fruitful debate on the importance of Certified Energy Manager in their professional career in addition to information about the way to join the CEM process and the guidelines of the certification in order to succeed in the CEM examination for the benefit of the energy engineer as an individual and for…

Chinese acupuncture cures patients in rural Tunisia

Fatima Kehila, a retired Tunisian teacher who used to suffer from leg arthritis for years, felt very lucky that she has been cured after receiving free acupuncture treatment from a Chinese medical team. Living in Sidi Thabet, a rural town in the northern suburbs of Tunisian capital Tunis, Kehila received the treatment at home every week by the Chinese doctors on a medical assistance mission in Tunis. Every week, the team of five crosses a distance of around 30 km to provide free acupuncture therapy to local residents of this…

International Festival of Science, Engineering and Technology in Monastir

Thousands of youth from 22 countriesrt  take part in the International Festival of Science, Engineering and Technology hosted by Monastir on March 17-21, at the initiative of the Tunisian Association for the Future of Science and Technology, TAP reports. The festival was kicked off on Saturday evening by Monastir Governor Akram Sebri, in the presence of the ambassadors of Palestine and Mexico to Tunisia and MPs from the region. Over 200 projects are presented by young candidates aged between 6 and 24, in the technological innovation and robotics competitions, the…

Partnerships key to promoting economic empowerment for rural women in the MENA region

The economic empowerment of rural women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region was the topic of a side-event organized by the governments of Italy and Tunisia, in cooperation with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UN Women and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The event featured a range of high-level speakers from Italy, the MENA region, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, and was moderated by Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations in New York. “Women face several barriers…