Between June 7th and June 9th 2013, the European Forum, in cooperation with the Alfred Mozer Stichting, the UK Labour Party and the Al-Sindyan Institute organized for the first time a Future Leaders Training for 24 young and promising participants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Amman, Jordan. The participants came from social democratic and left progressive parties from Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan.
This project was first initiated in the Western Balkans under the name ‘Course for Promising Politicians’ (CPP) and later the course was implemented in Eastern Europe. A group of young and promising politicians meets three times each year, each time in a different country in the region. The first seminar focuses on ideology and policy, the second on media and communication skills and the third on regional cooperation and negotiating skills. In light of the positive evaluations of the courses in the Western Balkans and in Eastern Europe, the idea was born to start up a similar course named Future Leaders Training in the MENA region. The program is organized in a way that theory is followed by practical sessions in which groups are formed with participants from different countries. In this way contacts are made to establish a network of politically active persons to exchange knowledge from different countries in the region.
This first seminar held in Amman was an introduction into social democracy and its policies. The seminar was divided into four theory sessions done Dutch trainer Berend Jan van den Boomen and UK Labour trainers Lauren Crowley and Sam Woodcock. The different sessions focused on social democracy and its roots, the differences with liberalism and conservatism and different policy issues within the different ideologies. The theory sessions were all interspersed with interactive workshops.
The seminar was concluded by Mr Jamil Nimri, member of the Jordanian Parliament for the Jordanian Social Democratic Party. He delivered a speech to the participants about the current political situation in Jordan and challenges for social democrats.
The active engagement of the participants, their enthusiasm and the good ambiance made this first training an absolute success. The participants shared ideas, challenges and exchanged experiences. The next training session will be organised in Egypt in September.