That’s a wrap for the 2018-2019 SafirLab promo!

July 3, 2019

The 2018-2019 SafirLab closing session was held at the Institut Français in Tunis on 12, 13 and 14 June 2019. The recipients met up after eight months of receiving support to present the progress of their projects.

For the two incubation sessions in Tunis in February and April, CFI had prepared a specific programme together with Le Tank and Al Khatt. This was aimed at the six media projects, in order to consolidate their respective economic, technical and editorial scopes. CFI also chose to support them through purchasing equipment.

During this closing session, the 23 winners benefited from workshops on the issues of impact, mobile journalism and public speaking. These interactive training sessions were coordinated by LAB'ESS, which was able to secure high-quality speakers.

This meeting was also an opportunity for the Institut français to honour the commitment of Rim Kelouaze, 29 years old, and her project Teen. The project intends, on the one hand, to safeguard Algerian heritage and, on the other, to encourage the Algeria of tomorrow to be built whilst respecting the planet and the country's architectural traditions. Teen, which means clay in Arabic, represents the ambition to redesign the country in a responsible way that is respectful of its past.

The ceremony for the presentation of the Denis Pietton award was held at the Ambassador's residence and was attended by representatives from Expertise France, the French Research Institute for Development (IRD) and the Convergences World Forum.

The young people involved in the SafirLab promotion also attended the Convergences World Forum in Tunis, which was held on 13 June at the House of Wisdom in Carthage, in order to find out about Tunisian projects on the same topics. Some of them contributed to the round tables, in particular those on art as a social lever and on the conditions for success of projects aimed at women in rural areas.