Scholarships Prepare New Leaders in Tunisia

The success of Tunisia’s new constitutional democracy depends on the involvement of young people. In 2016, 38 percent of the Tunisian population was under the age of 25. But young people have not yet begun to take an active part in their country’s development in this new era. How can we encourage them to do so? Youth unemployment in Tunisia is at 30 percent, reaching 55 percent in some regions, and 60 percent among youth with higher education degrees, according to the OECD. Meanwhile, Tunisian youth are reluctant to engage…

Tunisia’s “Reconciliation Bill” threat to Revolution gains (Manach Msamhin” Association)

The controversy is growing in the latest few days on the ”Manach Msamhin” Association  (we do not forgive), as regards the Tunisian  Reconciliation Bill which according to them puts the gains of the Revolution at stake by giving to Ben Ali-era businessmen and officials the opportunity to join the economic and political life with entrenched impunity. For the first time l heard one of the association members speaking on the Tunisian TV channel, I deeply realized that we are facing a new conscious generation willing to do anything peacefully in…

Meet the Tunisian who will be Macron’s official baker

A French-Tunisian baker will soon find himself face-to-face with French President-elect Emmanuel Macron. The French president’s new team to prepare for his transition into the Elysee Palace is set to meet sometime next week with Sami Bouattour, a French baker of Tunisian origin who owns a shop in Paris’ 13th arrondissement. The reason for the meeting on how to implement a new contract with the Elysee, which hopes all their bread would be provided by Bouattour’s bakery. It comes as no surprise Macron’s team, among them famed French chef Guillaume…

Tunisian Big Data Startup Datavora Raises Funding To Support E-Commerce Ventures

For e-commerce startups in MENA and all over the world, it is a conflicting time to do business- while the industry is thriving on the whole, the pressures of competition are perhaps at the highest levels and are indicative of a winner-takes-all scenario. Add to that the poor levels of customer loyalty in online shopping, and you have a difficult problem in your hand as an e-retailer. It is in such tough times that entrepreneur Hedi Zaher felt that it would serve e-commerce players well to do something about the…

Youth in Tunisia find a way out of violence with tech

For young people, the power to choose a path away from violence can come from digital tech Students from deprived suburb in Tunisia use mapping tool to influence planning decisions Peace tech must be driven by young people and be embedded in their local realities Mapping project shows the most effective peace tech is driven by young people themselves, says Harriet Lamb. “Here we have drug problems, we have terrorism, but we want young people to change their minds — and to change people’s lives.” This is what an enthusiastic…

EAA partners with QU to support youth in Tunisia

Education Above All (EAA) foundation, through its programme Reach Out To Asia (Rota) recently partnered with Qatar University (QU) to send 20 male students on a 12-day volunteer mission to Tunisia, as part of its International Volunteer Trips programme. The students travelled to Ain Draham city in north-western Tunisia, located in the Jendouba Governorate; a region rich in natural resources, but that suffers from high levels of poverty and unemployment, with higher dropout rates than the national average. National vocational training programmes designed to respond to the needs of dropouts…

Success story: Triomph de Thuccabor Tunisian extra virgin olive oil snatches Gold medal at London IOOC

Despite the difficult days, Tunisia is going through, a glimpse of hope is aroused by skilled intelligent and patriotic youth who believe in their homeland and its brilliant future. The brothers Salah and Maher Ben Ismail are the architects of their success story, who incessantly highlight the rich heritage of their farm located in the locality of Toukaber in Medjez el-Bab, governorate of Béja. It is an extra virgin olive oil produced in Béja, in the northwest of Tunisia, from the “Chetoui”  olive a purely Tunisian variety with multiple virtues.…

The 4-hour workweek

Most of us are brought up in a culture where we are taught to follow a predetermined path : go to school, high school then college to get a good degree so later you can apply to a high-paying job and the higher the better. We often make the mistake of looking at wealth from a shallow perspective and here’s why: For example, a banker who makes 100.000$ a year  is considered wealthier than a teacher who makes 40.000$ a year . This is not true , simply because after…

Family of Irish citizen criticise Government after he was shot in Libya

Abduraheem Duibi, an English teacher in Libya, was in a car with work colleagues when it was fired upon by local militia on Saturday, March 4th. Mr Duibi is an Irish citizen who grew up in Dublin but moved with his family to Tripoli five years ago. After the driver was shot, Mr Duibi ran away but was shot in both legs. Mr Duibi bled profusely on the ground for about 30 minutes before being brought to a local hospital for treatment. Libyan hospitals are bereft of drugs and treatment…

Tunisian student tackles power and energy in Durango

Exchange student hopes to apply her studies in electricity at home Rihab Ammar saw snow for the first time this winter. She took a 63-hour bus ride from Durango to the East Coast. And she went camping with friends in Utah. The Fort Lewis College exchange student is doing a lot of things for the first time, including learning electrical engineering with plans of applying her knowledge in her hometown of Gassa, Tunisia, a relatively small country at the northern tip of Africa. “I want to try and transfer the…