Armenian Progressive Youth
We would like to bring together 30 young people from Armenia and Turkey – countries burdened by a long history of painful disagreements - to live, learn and share together under one roof.
European continent has been home for long lasting conflicts, horrible wars and human catastrophes. And still some of the European borders remain closed and Eastern frontiers of Europe suffer from devastating conflicts and wars. The historical conflict between Armenia and Turkey is one of the longest conflicts that started during the World War I and still remains unresolved. It hinders the communication of youth, limits their mobility and chances to meet, it imposes negative stereotypes and leads to hatred and intolerance. These are "values" that are unfortunately still present in Europe and should be tackled. Our idea is different, innovative, risky and challenging, but in case of success our practice can be also applied in other countries and societies that face similar challenges.
The best outcome of our project would be:
- creating a network of open-minded young people from Armenia and Turkey who act as change makers in Armenia-Turkey relations and promote tolerance in their communities and environments.
- after being back home they become a stronger voice in their society, they join Armenia-Turkey normalization projects by different civil society organizations and start their own peace-building initiatives.
- through making friendships and sustainable partnerships, participants stay in touch after the project and develop new ideas and projects in the areas of mutual concern.
- overcoming certain prejudices and developing a sense of solidarity and tolerance.
The project will be realized in Yerevan, Armenia from 20 to 29 of September, 2015. The principles of active participation and non-formal education will be applied taking into account the needs, interests and experiences of young people participating in the project. Participants will have an opportunity to design the project activities themselves and to make personal contributions. Non formal learning methods such as workshops, role plays, outdoor activities and excursions will be used in order to promote active participation. The focus during cultural trips will be on the common history.
Facilitators will use methods provided in "Intercultural Learning T-Kit", published by CoE and EU and a Handbook for Facilitators of THK - "Activating the Potential of Diversity in Trainings".
Funding requested from Advocate Europe