On the 18th of December 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation sparked the first protest in Tunisia that later expanded to become the so-called "Arab Spring". Bouazizi died at the age of 26 while making a statement against the impossibility of living within the unjust and corrupt economic, social, and political environment of his home town of Sidi Bouzid. This feeling of desperation is shared among youth in the Arab world, and has driven them to take the lead in the uprisings that have swept Arab region.
Three years after the beginning of the Arab uprising, the World Youth Alliance is looking to reach out to Tunisian youth and to offer them an international platform to express their needs and concerns. On December 14, the Middle East regional director of WYA met with the Tunisian members who are interested in becoming more active within the alliance. The meeting included a number of youth coming from different cities across Tunisia, with some travelling more than 300 miles.
In 2014, the regional office plans to hold a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop in Beirut for the Track A Certified Program offered to members from a numebr of countries including Tunisia. Following the ToT, the Tunisian trainer will hold three workshops in Tunisia for WYA members and these certified members will form the first Tunisian National Committee of the World Youth Alliance.
With a National Committee composed of Tunsian members coming from the cradle of the Arab uprisings, WYA will look to increase the international representation of youth from the region.