No 5,Istanbul,Thursday, August 12,2010
Each part of the world has its owncultural recipe,making it unique.After having a bit of Turkish cultural taste,WYC participants explained whatmakes Turkey special.
Yosiyana Badariah (Indonesia)
:“I like the people,the culture,but thefood is not as salty and spicy as theone I am used to.I love Turkish dance,I love it because it is so interesting.Also because I am a Muslim,I like allthe female clothes I have seen here.”
Hatim Abdelghafour (Morocco)
“This is my rst time in Istanbul and I
appreciate it very much.First of all for its diversity and for the warm welcomeTurkish people have been giving. Iappreciate the effort made by Turkishpeople to develop their country.I thinkit is people who make Turkey so spe-cial,they have built a big civilization.”
Erkem Koksal (Turkey):
“Myimpression is that Turkish peopleare friendlier than people expect.The duality between the west andthe east makes Turkey very special.
In other countries you cannot nd a
bridge that connects two continents,this is a symbol for this special bond.
Some things are specic of Turkey: the
opening ceremony showed us manyof them.”
Neil Endrigo C. de Miranda (Brazil)
: “I think Turkish people arereally nice and Istanbul is an amazingplace.I come from Brazil: my countryis like a child compared to Turkey,itdoes not have such a history.When Isee a temple,a mosque,and a palace,this is amazing for me because thecivilization came from here. I alsohad a cultural shock because where Icome from,people are really punctualand here being late is normal.The foodis also different but I really enjoy it.”
Nhi Dinh (Vietnam):
“I really likeTurkey because people here are sofriendly.When I tell them where I comefrom they know exactly the city inVietnam and this really impresses me.Here we can also see the mixture ofEuropean and Asian cultures.”
THE CATEGORY OF YOUNG JOUR-NALISTS AT THE 5TH WORLDYOUTH CONGRESS IN ISTANBULIS AN ACTIVE AND COURAGEOUSGROUP OF ALMOST 100 BUDDINGYOUNG REPORTERS WHO ARECONTRIBUTING A HUGE AMOUNTTO THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THISCONFERENCE BY CREATING A FLOWOF CONTENT THAT WILL CONTINUETO SERVE THE CONGRESS AIMSLONG AFTER WE HAVE ALL PACKEDUP AND RETURNED TO OUR 147+HOME COUNTRIES. REPRESENTINGSO MANY DIVERSE CULTURES ANDBACKGROUNDS, IT IS REMAR-KABLE TO SEE THE GROWTH OFTHIS COLLECTIVE EFFORT BY SUCHTALENTED AND CREATIVE YOUNGMINDS AS THEY STRIVE TO TELLTHE STORIES THAT MATTER FROMTHIS LANDMARK EVENT.
To ensure a continuation of processbegun here,a unique series of outcomeswill live on through the different mediabeing used in this collaborative effort,such as video, radio, photo, blog anddocuments (all available on the virtualcongress at virtualwyc.net or selectarticles on the new global youth mediaplatform representingyouth.com).
THE CONGRESS TIMES...
Within a day of the rst meeting a greatrst edition was produced and in one
week the journalists worked around theclock to produce four more professionaleditions.For me,this effort is an appro-priate indicator that so many youngpeople of today show a conscientiousand focused intention to work together for the greater good,regardless of thetask at hand.If this is any representationof the calibre of young journalists fromaround the world,I think it proves thatwe can transform many of the stagnantmainstream media channels by collabo-
rating with the press ofces and media
conglomerates of the world with our fresh,vibrant and well-informed youthperspectives.
The team of young journalists havebeen facilitated by an experiencedgroup of media makers from aroundthe world including: general coordina-
tors Emre Çalışkan & Mühdan Sa
lam(Turkey), newspaper co-ordinators
Dumitru Iovu (Moldova) & Fatih Muslu
(Turkey), video coordinator Andrei
Ioniţă (Romania), radio coordinator
Anna Morawiec (Poland),virtual con-gress coordinators Hannes Koudelka
& Georg Feiner (Austria),and myself
as a general facilitator to support theconscientious production of media atthis event,Nathan Daniel Heller (SouthAfrica).
To tell the truth, accidently partici-pating at Julian O’Shea’s workshop“Take Your Ideas Global.See the World.Change the World”turned out to be agood surprise.Participants shared their experience and funny stories abouttravelling and living abroad.First step: find out our dreamdestinations. Guys from Italy, Spain,Las-Vegas and New-York be ready: youwill have a bunch of visitors this year.Then,Hawaii will be crowed,too.Is itdue to their impressing stand at theexhibition with tasty chocolates andfriendly people?Now guess the craziest destination.Antarctica? North Pole? No! Take itglobally…the moon! We had two volun-teers there,so do not be surprised if you see the regular bus “Campus-Moon”these days!
Julian O’Shea suggested guring the
political and geographical ideal worldmap.Would you prefer a world dividedinto different countries or just a worldwithout borders? The question was abit tricky but we reached a commonconclusion: we are all human beings,equal but culturally different.Let’s thinkabout the slogan “Unity is in Diversity”.We are different but so similar.Together we can do a lot,let’s start acting!It is impressing how many differentprojects the activists have here,howcreative and innovative they are.For instance,two participants are workingas volunteers with teenagers,improvingtheir social skills, preventing themfrom being involved in illegal actionsor falling into drugs or alcohol abuse.People here should be an example for the rest of the world.We are young andwe do not accept half-decisions,webelieve in change!About the Congress, Julian O’Sheaanswered: “I believe that this is greatand I personally gained a lot of newexperience here,I am sure it is an idealplace to build new connection whichcan help in implementing projects andideas with other people’s help”.Listen to this short funny story by anIndian delegate: it can help you tolearn something more about Turkey.All of you know Indira Gandhi whowas the Indian Prime Minister.There isan expression in Turkish which soundsactually the same “indiregandi”but itmeans “to steal something”.So,dele-gates from India, please be careful,because your possible political talksmay seem suspicious for the localpeople!Nowadays, 24 hours a day, 7 days aweek covering characterizes the mediasystem by promoting ‘infotainment’(information and entertainment) accor-ding to the political and economicalinterests of the media. This situationis the consequence of the structuralaspects of the media: the personal fea-tures of journalists,the political environ-ment,lobbies and the audience’s hopes.A specific workshop has been held,focusing on the two different ways ofnews writing, peace journalism andwar journalism.
While the latter is sometimes biasedand emphasizes emotional aspects,theformer,called peace journalism,aims
to explore the conict background in
order to raise the audience awareness
on conicts.Peace journalism is rather
people-oriented and reports post-
conict conditions such as reconstruc
-tion,rehabilitation and peace processimplementation.Workshop participants analysed bothstyles through various games and exercises.They were asked to express their reactions
in case of conict,such as compromise,
competition and force imposition.Thediscussion pointed out a general trendtowards compromise and the understan-ding of the concepts of the workshop.
The Congress has made it possiblefor us to meet people in many diffe-rent ways.We have an Aile,we go toworkshops, we see each others for regional meetings,we meet randompeople in the bus or while queing for lunch.We also have roommates.Thiswas supposed to be yet another wayto make it easy for us to socialize withpeople from different countries.Doesit really work ?For Shiba Sheikh,from India,it mostcertainly does. She talks a lot withher roomates from Morocco,Canadaand Turkey: “They are very sweet.Weshare things,we coordinate waking uptimes.We talk about our families andwhat we do at home.”The roommateexperience did not start of too well for some,especially given the confusionthat took place during registration.Inga Sabanova from Latvia queuedfor hours without water while NadiaMazzeo from Argentina was evictedfrom her room! “I was in a room but Ihad to change because when I cameback someone had pushed my thingsaway and taken my bed.”For Martin Sykes (UK),getting a roomwas easy and socializing with his roo-mates has been a breeze,especially atthe beginning of the Congress.But theconstruction work that has been goingon right outside the dormitories hasbeen a serious problem.“They weredrilling at 10pm.I went back at oneo’clock in the morning and there wasa hole in the wall.A guy came throughthe window in the middle of the night.The drill was plugged to the socket inthe bathroom: the wire is still there.”Apart from these niggling annoyances,most of the delegates share roomswith people from different countriesand have had a great time in theprocess.“This is a real chance to meetnew people”concludes Emilie Etienne,from France.We might be in Istanbul,but in every room,you have been giventhe chance to experience living in adifferent country.A new interactive and useful website to
propose and nd assistance for develop
-ment projects was launched six weeksago in Germany.Develop 2.0 is a new
platform created by a non-prot organi
-zation,Develop 2.0 e.V,and is an initiativethat has been years in the making.
Mr.Rick Roeder,President of the pro-ject,is excited to see the results of thewebsite and what it can do for the world:“Develop 2.0 offers the opportunity for young people from across the globe toengage with each other and to partner up in developing the world aroundthem,”he said.Simply upload your pro-ject or proposal for a new project andstudents from German high schools or colleges will become your partners andhelp your plans become a reality.Mr.Roeder offered workshops at the
Congress about the benets of social
media for youth-led development pro-jects and also explained the potentialsocial media has to globalize develop-ment.Social media is an important toolin both empowering and mobilizing the youth to create new ideas and encou-rages them to work together – or as thetagline word of the event says: ‘imece’.Develop 2.0 is looking for projects ledby delegates from the 5th World YouthCongress and Roeder encourages alldelegates to upload their projects and
For more information visit:www.develop2.org
The recipe of Turkey’s uniqueness
By Virginia Dumitras, Moldova
Socializing with the roommates
Take Your Ideas Global!
By Yeuheniya Leonava, BelarusBy Cecile Guezennec, France
A Sign of the Times
by Nathan Daniel Heller, South Africa
Peace Journalism Workshop – We Deserve Better News!
Aggeliki-Eleni Bitzouni and Christina Karypidou, Greece
Youth-led projects found a new web ally
By Liza Smith, South Africa
Up. The rst meeting of Young Journalists at WYC, Nathan Daniel Heller
Left. Journalists hard at work to produce this special edition, Nathan Daniel Heller