As members of the civil society, the olive writers and the American language center of Casablanca launched a creative writing competition with the main objective of raising awareness around the current COVID-19 pandemic, its restrictions, and the necessary procedures that we must all follow as a global community.
The response to this call was massive and we have received an impressive amount of applications that exceeded our expectations not only in terms of quantity, but quality as well. This competition has shown us that the youth of morocco truly do have something to say, and that they are as passionate about their future and their communities like everyone else.
The top 10
stories- chosen by our judges from over 60 applications both in English and
Arabic- were subjected to a public vote through our Facebook page, resulting in
over 7000 votes, with 2408 comments, and 1425 Shares in two weeks only. This goes
to show that our goal of raising awareness and starting a conversation among
the youth of morocco about COVID-19 was achieved-in fact, the results have far
exceeded our expectations, which would have not been possible If it wasn’t for
the talented writers that took part in this journey.
Congratulations to our three winners:
- 1st place with 1400 votes: YASMINE IHOURANE-Khemisset;
- 2nd place with 1200 votes: ROMAYSSAE EL IDRISSI-Casablanca;
- 3rd place with 1100 votes: GHIZLANE ELGUIL-Benslimane.
for our judges, Hiba Arrame, Mouad Mellouk, Soukaina Habiballah, and Rachid
Benharrouss for their immense efforts and great help.
We hope that our readers have enjoyed the stories as much as we enjoyed organizing this virtual competition and we look forward to many more.