The phenomenon of radicalization and social violence of children and young people is of great concern to all countries. In Morocco, associative actors mobilized to fight against this scourge through a workshop organized in Rabat this Thursday, October 14.
In the process of ” youth radicalization“, Several very recurring socio-political, ideological, religious, economic and psychological factors are currently determining. These young people in vulnerable situations thus fall prey to a fierce hatred with subjective motives and are thus exposed to the danger of ideological exploitation and instrumentalisation.
In Morocco, this scourge is also one of the most glaring problems against which the Kingdom is committed to designing the necessary tools to eradicate it, knowing that the prospects for the development of the country depend on the involvement of the youth, as a key actor and transversal stake of change.
Very early on, the Moroccan government proactively recognized the danger of violent extremism. The executive has put in place a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy that includes vigilant security measures, regional and international cooperation and anti-radicalization policies. The efforts bore fruit again when the Moroccan counterterrorism police recently dismantled a cell in Tangier. terrorist Linked to the jihadist group Islamic State and proceeded to arrest five suspects.
The associative fabric is mobilized
It is in the spirit of a better fight against radicalization and social violence among young people that the associative fabric in Morocco has mobilized to meet the challenge of the social and professional reintegration of this vulnerable population.
In this sense, the Bayti association, in partnership with the Spanish NGO Aida launched in 2020 a project spread over 22 months, funded by the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation (AECID), on the prevention of radicalization of minors. and young people and promotion of their fundamental rights in Tangier and Casablanca. Two large metropolises where young people, minors and migrants live in precariousness, in social exclusion and suffer from the failure of any support and care, indicate the two associations in a press release.
Concretely, this program is structured on two axes, explain the associations, namely the sensitization of young people and their families and the socio-economic integration of the target populations.
The work of this plan was carried out with the young people and the children of Bayti, the children in street situation and the vulnerable children in the centers of the associations of the civil society, specifies the same source.
In addition, and as part of the implementation of this project, the two associations are organizing a workshop on Thursday, October 14 with the participation of three consultants involved in this project. The workshop mainly aims to continue to mobilize actors around the issue of prevention of social violence and radicalization of children and young people in Morocco.
This seminar is structured around three specific objectives. This involves in particular ensuring a dynamic of collaboration between operational associative actors and state actors in order to guarantee the complementarity of the respective interventions, to identify operational avenues of reflection in order to reduce social violence and radicalization in Morocco and to push back research on the causes, psychological and social consequences, costs and prevention of social violence reports the two associations.
The three speakers at the workshop are Hakima Laala, sociologist, in charge of the study on the factors of vulnerability, risk and influence of radicalization and social violence of children and young people in vulnerable situations in Casablanca and Tangier, Stéphane Gignoux, consultant who will highlight the preliminary results of the analysis on public and legislative policies considering the impact on young people in vulnerable situations.
To be able to react in the best way according to the situations, Hicham Houdaifa, journalist-writer will present the awareness guide on radicalization and social violence, intended for associative actors, young people and families.
This event will be an opportunity to engage in constructive debates, to lead and exchange reflections in order to build preventive interventions, share effective practices to be disseminated and cross the views of academic professionals and practitioners in the field. It will make it possible to understand the reluctance in the face of this phenomenon, conclude the two associations.