Chantiers jeunesse Maroc (CJM) I – A brief historical view
The voluntary service started in Morocco with a great historical project “the Road of Unity” 12000 young volunteers had to
build a road which linked the central zone which was under the Frensh domination to the north of the country which was
dominated by the Spanish.
This project took place the year Morocco got independent, that is in 1956. In 1961 a group of volunteers from “the Road of
Unity” together with another group of youth which had some experience in voluntary service through their participation in
international workcamps in Europe undertook the creation of a national structure dealing with voluntary service.
“Chantiers Jeunesse Maroc” was born and can be considered as a continuation of the spirit of the “Road of Unity” “Chantiers
Jeunesse Maroc”, since it was born participed in different important national projects such as “DERRO” (Economical and rural
development of the occidental Rif) (1968-1969) , Haouz , a project in which young farmers where taught new agricultural
techniques preparing for the change in the regime follarving the introduction of irragation , the school canteen operation ,
building of schools , canteen in rural primary schools and different campaigns against illeteracy.
Today, with a rich experience behind it, CJM is preparing itself to enter new fields of concern such as the preservation of the
environment, the preservation of the architectural heritage and social work in its varios faces. II – Chantiers Jeunesse Maroc’s activities
The association managed to assert its existence in the national level where its presence has been confirmed by different
activities undertaken by the locals branchs which covert great deal of the territory .Among its activities we can note:
The organisation of international workcamps through the country.
Exchange of volunteers and of camps leaders.
Organisations of camp-leader training session, seminaries, …
Publication of pamphlets dealing with associative work.
III – Chantiers Jeunesse Maroc
Chantiers Jeunesse Maroc wiches to achieve through its activities social, cultural and educational goals:
The formation of citizen responsable towards himself and society.
The contribution in the social and economical development of the under-privileged classes.
The development of exchange between youth of different horizons throuth international workcamps.
The development of the group spirit in individuals.
The strengthening of friendship, peace and solidarity values.
IV – Chantiers Jeunesse Maroc’s contacts and relations Since its creation CJM has enriched its experience benefiting from
different experiences of others. Besides its being a founding member of UMAC (1963) (Moroccan Union of Workcamps
Association) it has developed a network of international contacts with more 90 organisations.