If I have to summarize what I’m living now in the Professional Fellowship Program, the word would be “Challenge.”
The same challenge was raised by the Algerian youth 63 years ago, on the 1st day of November 1954, when they wrote history, a history in which young people moved from the idea to the field, after planning and preparing for the Algerian liberation revolution, and taking the independence after 137 years of French colonialism.
And here I am today, in Washington DC, following these young people in different circumstances, in a different challenge. They made one of the greatest revolutions of the 20th century, and today it is our turn to make one of the greatest revolutions of the 21st century.
But today’s revolution is a revolution of minds, a revolution of hearts, a moral revolution. Today our enemy is not France, our enemy today is us, and we will not move forward unless we take our independence from our ignorance, by science, and actions.
This is how I see this experience: as a responsibility. Just as the young people of Algeria have already done, we must also take on the challenge by asking for knowledge, exchanging experiences, cultures, science, and anything that brings us to the development and positive change in our societies through calm and peace.
Regardless of responsibility, my presence here in the US capital gives me the opportunity to learn more about myself and to know what my challenges are. I realize that these challenges are essential if we aim to make our society and our world a better place. The first of these challenges are the values, which are intrinsic rather than outward. We may not see them if they are shown only by those who carry them, but their impact is great. This is what we should have. If we want to develop our societies, we should do so by noble human values. Respect, humility, gratitude, sincerity and seriousness, these values (and others), give us the insight to build and see a better world.
The second of these challenges is the union between us. I have learned here that teamwork and unity to achieve the common goal, is one of the most important keys to success, by working with my colleagues from Algeria and Egypt. This union brings us beyond what we aspire to, especially when the values are available.
The third challenge is patience and endurance. The path of change is not easy, it is a lot of pressure, difficulties, and barriers, and achieving the goals requires the persistence of will and motivation, until the end. Many start on the path of development and change, but few are those who continue to the end.
The fourth challenge is to believe in the message we carry. What heritage do we want to leave in this world? Our impact? Our legacy? If we know the content of this message that we want to convey to our society and to the world, we must believe in it, and work on its realization on the ground, with all devotion and action.
The fifth and last of these challenges is the planning and implementation, and this does not work without the others. That we plan without applying, this is theoretical, and that we apply without planning, this is practical, and not one of them has any benefit without the other so we have to learn more and more about planning. This is what we’re doing the most in PFP, so we can implement later and measure and evaluate the reach of our goals.
These are the challenges that I’m living here in the Professional Fellowship Program by Legacy International and the State Department, with my dear friends and colleagues from Egypt and Algeria. These are the same challenges we are living in our communities, and that have been lived by all the youth of the region, which raised the slogan of development and positive change. Young people raise the banner of humanity and effective citizenship, who carry values and seek to achieve goals by having patience to reach them no matter how difficult it is, because they believe in the message they hold and work on its planning and application on the ground.
Challenge is the word that describes me the most in this experience.
Author: Yacine Mitiche
Yacine is an associative activist, who has worked many years in civil society on social development projects. In addition to his studies and internship experiences in national energy societies and his personal experiences in sports. Currently, he has embarked on the world of entrepreneurship, in the field of sport, is a co-founder of the start-up SPART.DZ, which seeks to promote sport as an asset of positive change. Yacine recognizes the power of youth. Specifically, the role they can play in the sustainable development of Algerian society.
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