Workshop to present EBNI project of social and professional integration of former young prisoners
29/10/2019 17:27, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – The FACE-Tunisia association organised, on Tuesday at the Ibn Khaldoun Youth Centre in Tunis and in collaboration with the National Agency for employment and self-employment (ANETI), a workshop for local youth to introduce the “Ebni” (Build) project to support social and professional integration of youth released from prisons and at risk of radicalisation.

The “Ebni” project, funded by the European Union (EU) to th tune of €500 thousand, was launched in 2018 and will last till 2021.

It aims to support efforts for the social and professional integration of about 200 young people (aged between 16 and 30) as of their release from prison or rehabilitation centres, notably for those with no family support, source of income or accommodation.

The workshop is for young persons in conflict with the law in the governorates of Sousse, Bizerte, Beja and Great Tunis and is under the supervision of 40 social and education experts with a view to easing their social and professional integration through facilitating contact with employers, Project Manager Afef Chaieb indicated.

Chaieb added that the association had already held debates with the aim to raise awareness among the institutions about the importance of integrating these youths.

These meetings provided an occasion to discuss the proposals related to the central theme of youth employment, she added.

A representative of the EU highlighted the importance of granting a second chance of integration for former young prisoners and to consider them as an active force of the country’s economy as well as full-time contributors in the democratic transition process of Tunisia.

In this respect, he reiterated the EU’s keenness to continue supporting Tunisia as an important partner. “Tunisia’s success is also a success for us. We have tried, through the Ebni project, to help these young people in their quest to find job that preserves their dignity,” he indicated.

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