OFFS for children in Tunisia

OFFS for children in Tunisia
Children having fun and playing games in Tunisia

Cross Cultures aims at giving a generation of young women and men the opportunity of participating, achieving influence and enhancing active citizenship. Furthermore, we want to enhance a democratic governance structure within the sport for all sector that is advocating, promoting, training and facilitating network activities for young women and men all over Tunisia. 

Tunisia is a country located in northern Africa and bordered by Algeria and Libya. In 2011, Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, set himself alight in front of the local government offices in the provincial Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid in protest of the confiscation of his wares and the harassment and humiliation that he reported was inflicted on him by a municipal official and her aides. 

His act became a catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution and the wider Arab Spring, inciting demonstrations and riots throughout Tunisia in protest of social and political issues in the country. After a shorter period of massive popular uprisings president Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on January 14 2011 after 23 years of ruling the country. 

Providing Tunisian children and youth with alternatives and opportunities

In the 2014 parliament elections, the secular, modernist party Nidaa Tounes won 85 seats in the 217-seat chamber. Women constituted roughly 47% of the candidates. In January 2014, Tunisia’s parliament officially adopted a new constitution, which now recognizes equality between men and women for the first time. In 2011, Tunisia removed all its specific reservations in the CEDAW convention.

However, despite many promising democratic changes, Tunisia is still challenged by a demographic distortion with a bulk of young people waiting for a chance to study, to work, get married, be heard, taken seriously and achieve influence in their own life and the society. Of Tunisia’s 11 million people, 4 million are under 25 years old, and youth employment is more than 30%.

Lack of opportunities or work may be a deroute to radicalisation or criminal behaviour. Through our Open Fun Football Schools program, Cross Cultures aim at providing Tunisian children and youth with alternatives and opportunities of creating a better future for themselves. 

Reports from the OFFS in Tunisia

Latest news from OFFS in Tunisia

Facts about Tunisia

Total population: 11,037,225 (July 2015 est.)

Share of children and youth under 25: 38.56%

Youth unemployment: 31.8% (2015)

Share of women in the labour market: 25%

Refugee population: 824 people (2015)   

Football players (registered/unregistered): 51,829/ 473,435

Female players: 807

Clubs: 274 

Clubs with women’s teams: 24

Our work in the country 1998-2016

First year CCPA worked in the country: 2014

Main focus areas: Youth participation, Gender Equality, Capacity Building

Sponsors: MfA Denmark

Football clubs established: 12

Children involved: 2,756

Football Festivals: 23

Children attended: 5,956

Results 2015

Open Fun Football Schools conducted: 12

Children attended Open Fun Football Schools: 2,756

Volunteers involved: 521

Volunteers educated: - 

Parents involved: -

Parents’ workshops conducted: -

Fun Festivals conducted: -

Children attended Fun Festivals: - 

Number of municipalities Cross Cultures is present in:-

Local schools involved: -

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