Critical Thinking Development Model
Across the Middle East and North Africa, youth—comprising approximately 70 percent of the population—drive development and innovation. Despite the numerous challenges they face, including unemployment, exposure to extremist ideologies, and limited space to express their aspirations and ideas, many are looking to channel their energy to advance their societies. To empower youth and promote active citizenship, Eurasia Foundation (EF) developed a dynamic Critical Thinking Model grounded in transformative educational techniques. This model combines inquiry-based and experiential learning methods with practical skills youth need to take action to improve their communities. Our interactive and collaborative approach offers youth a unique opportunity that begins with understanding and analyzing needs in their communities. This model features training workshops that incorporate critical thinking and advocacy skills with digital tools for media messaging to encourage youth to explore creative solutions and innovative ideas to address local challenges. The model also includes mentorship and coaching to support youth as they apply their skills through impact-driven community projects.