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Future Lab Tunisia


… To Tunisia

The success of the educational and cultural experience in Bremen encouraged the Zukunftslabor and Kamel Lazaar Foundation to implement the concept in Tunisia under the name Future Lab Tunisia

The Federal Foreign Office of Germany financially enables their ini­tiative.

In Tunisia, the project is inspired by the spirit of the Zukunftslabor and

its principle to implement sustainable cultural education programs lo­cated at the interface between professional orchestras and educatio­nal institutions.

A professional orchestra is invited to reside in a middle school and to cohabit with the students and their school’s ecosystem. In this daily-life situation, regular contact between the students and professional musicians is established, based on free choice and trust.

A program of artistic activities intensifies those moments.

By developing a spirit of civil co-habitation, strengthening social ties within and outside a school and, last but not least, establishing an intercultural exchange between Tunisian and German students, musicians and teachers, it promotes the development of individual potential and capacity building, as well as the development of society and the fostering of democratic behaviour.
Convinced of the merits of the project, the Tunisian Ministry of Education launched a call for applications to find a suitable middle school as a partner.

As a result, the Ibn Khaldoun middle school in Manouba (north-west of Tunis), with its 430 students and over 30 teachers, was selected.

At the same time, the Tunisian National Orchestra (TNO) was identified as an ideal partner. The TNO is currently composed of 30 musicians and is conducted by Mohamed Lassoued since 2013. Their outstanding musical performance and entrepreneurial spirit as one of the prerequisites as well as their enthusiasm for the realisation of the project influenced the decision.


« The Tunisian National Orchestra (TNO) »

The Tunisian National Orchestra (TNO)

Since 1983

The Tunisian National Orchestra (TNO) was created in 1983 under the aegis of Bashir Benslama, then Minister of Culture. It was directed until 1985 by its founder Fathi Zghonda – musician, violinist and composer, conductor, former member of the executive committee of ICM.

The TNO is currently made up of 30 musicians. It is directed since 2013 by Mohamed Lassoued.

Ibn Khaldoun Middle School - Manouba

The middle school represents the intermediate stage in the Tunisian education system. After graduating from primary school (which lasts six years starting from the legal schooling age), students are referred to middle school to continue their general studies over a period of three years (grades 7, 8 and 9). This stage allows them to choose later on which secondary education they want to follow (sports, economics-management, mathematics, high school etc.)

The Ibn Khaldoun Middle School is located in the governorate of Manouba and is supervised by the Regional Delegation of Education of Manouba. It was built more than 15 years ago in the Boustil neighbourhood, and adjoins the Ben Younes neighbourhood, two urban areas considered ‘difficult’ because of the economic precariousness faced by a large part of their inhabitants.

Ibn Khaldoun College has about 450 students and more than 40 teachers. It was chosen as the beneficiary institution of the Future Lab Tunisia project since the majority of its students come from a disadvantaged social background and in view of the deficiency of cultural activities and events in the surrounding neighbourhoods.

This college was chosen because of the enthusiasm shown by the educational and administrative team for the project, and since the seed for the development of individual potential has already germinated. In addition, this college offers sufficient space and venues to host the project.

Following a call for applications, launched by the Tunisian ministry of Education to which six institutions responded, this middle school was selected to host the project.

Based on an evaluation of each of the applying institutions, by a committee composed of Soumaya Gharsallah the then director of the Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Albert Schmitt, managing director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and Franz Jentschke, former director of the Gesamtschule Bremen Ost (GSO) , the Mannouba middle school was selected. The Ibn Khaldoun middle school stood out first of all by its educational and administrative team, which showed a lot of enthusiasm towards the project. In addition, the idea of developing individual potential was already entrenched in the minds of the teaching team. Finally, the college had sufficient space to accommodate the project.

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