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Learn More About the Africa and the Middle East Conference Winners

This past week, the 2021 JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference was held with great success. During this event participants learned how to “enterprise for tomorrow” through insightful panels, networking events and keynote speakers. 

On Saturday evening, we recognized the most outstanding projects and individuals in the region with the Awards Ceremony. Read more below about the inspiring actions that JCI members have taken across the world! 

Best Local Business and Entrepreneurship Program

Winner: ECOnnect Training
JCI Curepipe, Mauritius

ECOnnect is a JCI Action Framework initiative by JCI Curepipe. With this project, they were able to equip eco-entrepreneurs with the necessary skills to sustain their businesses, support local entrepreneurs in a post covid-19 world, raise awareness of eco-friendly products and build a network of eco-entrepreneurs for future projects to increase impact. The results of this initiative have been impressive with eco-entrepreneurs confirming that they experienced an increase in sales and also expressed the willingness to further collaborate with JCI Curepipe.

Best JCI RISE Project

Winner: The MindBlooms Project
JCI Beau-Bassin/Rose-Hill, Mauritius

Global studies have shown heightening mental health concerns associated with the COVID-19 crisis. In line with JCI Rise and with UN SDG 3 of “Good Health and Well-Being”, the MindBlooms Project undertook three fundamental activities: an eight-week advocacy training where members within JCI were trained to conduct Mindfulness Education to their surroundings, a 12-week Mental Health and Mental Well-Being Online Thematic Series provided to university students, and several Mental Health Awareness campaigns, including on-site free therapies at different strategic locations.

Best National Growth and Development Program

Winner: JCI Potentials
Syria

More than 100 adults were able to gain valuable training and access to tools in this program. Through this program, JCI Syria created an efficient network of connections, linking JCI Syria members with new age groups, and linking the chapter with new foundations such as private schools. This created a network of young potential members who have collaborated with JCI and will then go on to become a part of JCI when they reach the age of 18.

Best Local Growth and Development Program 

Winner: Regeneration – The New Generation of Leaders
JCI Aleppo, Syria

The “Regeneration” project worked to create and empower a new generation of young leaders to lead sustainabl, and professionally managed initiatives. The goals of the project were to transfer the accumulated experience of community work to the new generation, develop the skills of individuals in all aspects of leadership, management, and innovation and provide  participants with the necessary practical and developmental tools in community work. At the end of the project, a final conference was held and all initiatives were presented to a specialized committee. The conference focused on the topics that were presented in the workshops, and discussed the possible ways to generate human capital, develop new effective leaders, in addition to the presentation and discussion of the five initiatives, with the presence of the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor.

Best Local Community Impact Program

Winner: Hawa
JCI Homs, Syria

The Hawa project took action to help end violence against women by educating people from every walk of life about gender-based violence in the form of awareness-raising sessions, professional trainings and focus group discussions. Furthermore, the Hawa project promoted the utilization of resources for women, building their capacity, and improving welfare schemes for them in society as a whole. It contributed to developing and supporting women’s contributions to work, society and culture.

Best Local Individual Development Program

Winner: Skills & Development Programme: Learn, Grow & Go Beyond!
JCI Beau-Bassin/Rose-Hill, Mauritius

In Mauritius, the rate of unemployment is alarming, with youth finding it especially difficult to find work.JCI Beau-Bassin/Rose-Hill helped combat this with their project to increase the rate of employment in the country. The project was divided into two categories: Internal and External Skills and Development Programs. Through these categories, they provided employability courses such as resume writing, cover letter preparation, grooming skills, winning an interview and how to use Linkedin as an employability tool.

Best Local Global Goals Project

Winner: W Klo Sajar Zeitoun 2021 
JCI Aleppo, Syria

JCI Aleppo launched the “W Klo Sajar Zeitoun” project in 2016 by planting olive trees to emphasize hope in Aleppo city, and then planted trees in 2018 to emphasize the importance and quality of roots for expatriates in the city. This year, the third edition was launched to emphasize the process of reconstruction and recovery in the city of Aleppo and to restore the green spaces in Old Aleppo that suffered during the war. JCI Aleppo took advantage of government and public interest in increasing the green spaces in Syria as a result of recent fires. “W Klo Sajar Zeitoun”  offered opportunities for community collaboration in the planting process and were able to successfully install 142 olive trees with the help of partners.

Most Outstanding Local Project

Winner: Hawa
JCI Homs, Syria

The Hawa project took action to help end violence against women by educating people from every walk of life about gender-based violence in the form of awareness-raising sessions, professional trainings and focus group discussions. Furthermore, the Hawa project promoted the utilization of resources for women, building their capacity, and improving welfare schemes for them in society as a whole. It contributed to developing and supporting women’s contributions to work, society and culture.

National Flagship Program

Winner: Where Civilization Began
JCI Syria

“Where Civilization Began” aimed to shed light on culture and society in Lattakia, particularly the city of Ugarit, where the first alphabet in history was discovered. This would prove that Syria is a country of peace, education and civilization rather than dispute or conflict. In addition to the leadership opportunities, the four-day event aimed to connect over 300 participants from all over Syria and international representatives from other JCI organizations through a variety of art fairs, skills development training and leisure activities that made it possible to network and take roles in finding solutions to the community needs. 

Most Outstanding Local Organization

Winner: JCI Homs
JCI Syria

JCI Homs showed phenomenal outreach with numerous sessions held targeting less active members to integrate them more into the organization. Most of the training provided by JCI Homs was also open to the local community, which allowed for more recognition for JCI and an increase in understanding of how the organization works. JCI Homs was one of the first local chambers that achieved more than the growth rate required for this year through several orientation sessions as well as strategic posts on social media.

Most Outstanding Local President

Winner: Dalia Slaiman
JCI Lattakia, Syria

Local President Dalia Slaiman is a determined leader who takes the initiative needed to achieve  logistical, financial and organizational tasks. She models openness and cooperation and has led her chapter to great success in the past year. She is known for always instilling JCI values and cultivating a sense of belonging in members on all levels.

Most Outstanding New Member

Winner:  Kooshilla Saraye
JCI Curepipe, Mauritius

Kooshilla Saraye showed keen initiative in JCI since the beginning of her journey. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive for results. She believes in continuous learning, diversity, inclusion, integrity and accountability to achieve organizational goals. She has demonstrated the same values through her role as Project Director of the Sustainable Waste Management Challenge (SWMC) and coordinator for blood donation campaigns. Kooshilla is very relatable and composed even under pressure and has been a welcomed addition to JCI Curepipe.

First Timers
Olajumoke Adeola

Creative Young Entrepreneur
2nd place: Asma Aloui – Tunisia – Artalk
1st place: Stanley Anigbogu – Nigeria – LightEd

English Debate
JCI Tunisia

  • Mohamed Aouina
  • Mariem Brahem
  • Eya Ben Aouicha

French Debate
JCI Mali

  • Hadj Mahadmane Toure
  • Gouro Soumaila Cisse
  • Ibrahim Mjawara Sissko

Public Speaking
Imane Guetat – JCI Tunisia