Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

The National Entrepreneurial Camp

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Middlebury College
  • Hafsa Anouar
  • Jihad Hajjouji

The National Entrepreneurial Camp

Recognizing that youth unemployment and limited opportunities have great potential to threaten peace in Morocco, Jihad and Hafsa developed a curriculum for a summer camp for young people, ages 16 to 19, aimed at teaching entrepreneurial skills. Twenty-six participants representing 17 cities in Morocco were selected from an applicant pool of almost 300, and came together in the city of Safi for a series of day and evening classes in entrepreneurial skills with topics ranging from inward and outward thinking to developing market strategies and planning and finance. The camp culminated with an externally judged competition to identify the winning ideas.

Jihad and Hafsa believe that far too often young people expect the perfect job opportunity to already exist. They sought to encourage the campers to become responsible for their own career and employment opportunities. The perfect job may be the one that they create for themselves. In partnership with the sustainable development department at OCP, the Moroccan phosphate company, plans are underway to offer the camp on an annual basis so that many more young Moroccans can learn the tenets of entrepreneurship and discover paths toward peace and prosperity.