Regional Coordinator for North Africa at African Youth Initiative on Climate change (AYICC).
Selma CHIROUF is an Algerian advocate for social change, an environmentalist, a care taker, an activist and a social entrepreneur, her dynamic identity proved to be a boon. She lives in Guelma, a town in Eastern Algeria. In 2006, after graduating from high school, she moved to Constantine to study English and became a member of the National Union of Algerian Students and the president of the campus committee of Mentouri University. In 2010, she was selected among other four brilliant students from Algeria for a five-week leadership training program in the United States held by the department of State and the Bureau of Middle East and Partnership Initiative (MEPI). Her time there proved to be a fruitful experience, after coming back from the Sates, she grew more eager to learn and get engaged to implement the leadership skills she learnt to serve for a better community and a better world. She thus, enrolled as an Information Computer Technician at ACIL private school for vocational training. However, her appetite for knowledge was not sated: hence, she started to work towards a higher degree in Administration and Computer Network Security and she hopes to graduate in March 2013. She also got involved as a volunteer in multiple NGOs that are working for a positive change and she started her project which is Empowerment for women in Algeria (EWA). In November 2011, she was selected to represent Algeria in the Ecovillage Conference to empower communities for sustainable development in North Africa funded by the global Ecovillage of Europe and held in Egypt. Recently, she was selected as the 2012 Algerian delegate for the American Middle Eastern Network Dialogue (AMENDS) for a better world at Stanford University in California which will be held on April 2012. Selma is waiting for a confirmation of a positive response to take part in the Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) which will be held in August/September 2012 in Germany which is an education promoting and facilitating healthful planetary evolution, as well as the well-being and quality of life of individuals and their communities everywhere, she believes it will be the best opportunity to serve her new position as the Regional Coordinator for North Africa at African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) and willing to give her best to be committed and work with the AYICC team for higher achievements.
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