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    Conclusion of Second Training Session on Psychosocial First Aid

    28 March 2024

    The second training session on psychosocial first aid, held by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and the Moroccan Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, under the theme “Inclusive Wellbeing in Practice”, came to a close on Wednesday 27 March 2024. Shields and certificates of participation were handed out to beneficiaries, including directors and supervisors of youth centers in various Moroccan cities, after completing training on psychological support, particularly for vulnerable groups and those in crises.

    In his remarks at the closing ceremony, Dr Abdelilah Benarafa, ICESCO Deputy Director General, emphasized the utmost importance of mental health and well-being in building cohesive communities capable of facing challenges and crises, particularly amidst the rapid changes witnessed throughout the world, including the Islamic world.

    He added that mental health is at the core of ICESCO’s vision, and noted that the Organization reiterates its commitment to supporting efforts and coordinating joint work to promote mental health, as demonstrated through its strategies and programs. To this end, ICESCO has developed the “Guide on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Families, Educators, and Local Communities”.

    On his part, Mr. Mustapha Messaoudi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Youth -Youth Department-, commended the training session for providing beneficiaries with the necessary tools to promote youth’s mental health, in line with the Ministry’s strategic directions.

    Ms. Ramata Almami Mbai, Head of ICESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector, lauded the fruitful partnership between the Organization and the Ministry, which culminated in the success of this training course, and expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to it. Furthermore, she provided an overview of some of ICESCO’s initiatives in the field of health and mental care. The ceremony concluded with the exchange of honorary shields between officials from ICESCO and the Ministry.

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