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No 5

Istanbul, Thursday, August 12, 2010

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TO TRANSLATE DISCUSSION INTO ACTION
40 degrees and a humidity of almost 60% in Istanbul did not stop 1,300 young people from all over the world to discuss and act. They spent more then 10 days in workshops, panels and roundtables to find solutions on current youth issues. It will be completed by the Istanbul Action Plan which will be presented at the World Youth Conference in Mexico in end of August. The Campus ofYildiz Technical University in Davutpasa was in the last couple of days crowded o 1300 young people from 147 countries. They came together for the 5th World Youth Congress (WYC) to Istanbul to discuss,among other things, the Millenium Development Goals and how they can be achieved. Moreover the Congress´ main theme was the old Turkish solidarity system “imece – joint action”. According to Minister of State Faruk Nafiz Özak, the “world youth had the oppurtunity to get to know and live the charms of Istanbul and Turkey, as a place of a huge historical heritage, an example of peaceful and tolerant living togetherness of various different cultures”. The WYC is supported by the Ministry of State,e-Youth Association,Peace Child International, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Youth Council and Istanbul European capital of culture 2010.During the opening speech various speakers from different countries and politicians from Turkey were honoured to speak at this Congress and to support this kind of movement. Özak stressed that the cultural exchange comes from two sides. “One perspective comes from Turkish youth who hale from 27 different towns in Turkey and the other global perspective comes of young people from all over the world.” This Congress was aimed to give them a platform, where they can exchange their experiences on society work. Moreover to give them the opportunity “to spread their messages to the world by being an example.” During the first week of the Congress, more then 400 workshops were held. The Congress continued with Action Projects through 27 different cities of Turkey. They varied from planting trees to painting schools and cleaning the environment.With those kind of Projects the main aim of the Congress to translate discussion into action.The projects that have been held in Turkey over the past four days have been a stepping stone for many young activists to carry this kind of experience back home. According to Özak those kind of platforms are important for the exchange of youth “based on the principles of tolerance, cooperation and perceptiveness. I, as the Minister of Youth, am honoured to host such kind of event in the period when youth movements are moving forward and we are glad to be in the frontline of this movement.”. The 5th World Youth Congress is closed through the Istanbul Action Plan which concludes the process of developing the aims, goals and outcomes of the WYC and the Youth March to Taksim,which is a common custom of the World Youth Congress.

Faruk Nafiz Özak emphasised the importance of youth since they are “the treasure of every country. The energy,

vision,free thoughts lifestyle,productivity, dynamism and dreams of youth are one of the main powers to shape the future.”

He finished his speech by congratulating the young people to the Year of Youth. After this the participants of the

Congress will head off to theYouth March to celebrate the UN´s Year of Youth starting today.

The 6th World Youth Congress: Our Hopes and Expectations
By Audry Maulana – Indonesia

After two weeks of countless workshops, thoughts sharing, trying to find solution for our regional issues, learning the true meaning of “imece”, and also, learning so many other cultural values, we finally come to the very last moments of the 5th World Youth Congress. In Istanbul, we celebrated youth and intercultural understanding together with more than 1000 active young people coming from 147 countries. The World Youth Congress, which have been a series of youth congresses that started in Hawaii, 1999. After the Hawaii Congress, it has been held in Morocco (2003), Scotland (2005), Quebec City (2008),and in our inspiring Istanbul (2010). For the next congress, that is the 6th World Youth Congress will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2012. Rio de Janeiro has been famous for its beautiful beaches such as Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach. And of course, who doesn’t know about the statue of Christ the Redeemer which has been elected as the new Seven Wonders of the World. In Rio, two years from now, we will once again meet bright young minds coming from all over the globe

and sharing their ideas in the tropical atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro.. “I wish that my country would work hard in organizing the congress, so the delegates would feel welcomed in Brazil.” said Neil Endrigo, one of many Brazilian delegates.“Rio de Janeiro is a very crowded city, it would take a hard work to hold such congress here, but I still feeling optimist that Brazil can organize the congress successfully” he continue. “And also, I think Brazil, especially Rio de Janeiro would have a better infrastructure because of the world cup that also will be held Brazil in 2014” said Neil. Another opinion comes from Arabel Queiroz, another delegates comes from Brazil “Well I think that the world youth congress is a good idea for youth to get together and sharing ideas which not only important for the youth but also important for everyone in the world. This is also a good experience for youths coming from all around the globe.” When asked about how the 6th World Youth Congress would be, she said “By then, we have time to reflect and I hope there will be more Brazilian

there so we can exchange experience over there, and I hope we can make youth voices more heard.” “Keep the messages going, believe in you, I think it‘s important to keep our voice heard, because voices of youth are really can make difference.” But not everyone knows about the 6th congress that will be held in Rio de Janeiro. For example, Emil Yaditya, a delegate from Indonesia,confessed that he wasn’t aware of that. “I don’t know that the exact location of the congress has been selected, I was hoping that my

city, Jakarta, would be the place for the next congress” said Emil with a frown, “but anyway, I think Brazil as a new economical power of the world would do their best to hold an event as big as the World Youth Congress, I have my optimism in Brazil.” said Emil.“I hope I can attend the next congress, because I feel I gain so much knowledge while attending the 5th WYC in Istanbul.” We hoped that the 6th world youth congress will become a youth congress where all of our voices be heard by everyone in the whole world.We hoped

that in the next world youth congress series, we can gain much more knowledge and able to share our thoughts and views regarding issue that has becoming a global issue.And at the end, we all hoped that in Rio de Janeiro we can gather once again, as a youth who eager to make differences in the world we living. Obrigado Istanbul, obrigado Turquia, vedo vocês no Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! (Thank you Istanbul, thank you Turkey, see you in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!)

LET’S CLICK!
If you can manage to find an Internet connectıon somewhere, the team of the Virtual Congress would be happy if you could upload your photos, videos, PowerPoints or Outcomes of your Workshops or whatever that is related to our Congress. Moreover we would be thrilled if you could write a little blog post yourself or comment on the posts of others. If you can’t manage to find Internet our doors are open.

Several Pictures, Blogs, Videos and Radio Podcasts are already available on the Virtual Congress platform. Find us in the Jumanji something building, (you might know it as C) in room number D214 on the ground floor where we have several computers that are connected to the Internet. So get started and check out the Virtual Congress @ www.virtualwyc.net or write to us @ virtual@unitedgames.org

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No 5, Istanbul, Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Sign of the Times
by Nathan Daniel Heller, South Africa

The recipe of Turkey’s uniqueness
By Virginia Dumitras, Moldova

THE CATEGORY OF YOUNG JOURNALISTS AT THE 5TH WORLD YOUTH CONGRESS IN ISTANBUL IS AN ACTIVE AND COURAGEOUS GROUP OF ALMOST 100 BUDDING YOUNG REPORTERS WHO ARE CONTRIBUTING A HUGE AMOUNT TO THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THIS CONFERENCE BY CREATING A FLOW OF CONTENT THAT WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE CONGRESS AIMS LONG AFTER WE HAVE ALL PACKED UP AND RETURNED TO OUR 147+ HOME COUNTRIES. REPRESENTING SO MANY DIVERSE CULTURES AND BACKGROUNDS, IT IS REMARKABLE TO SEE THE GROWTH OF THIS COLLECTIVE EFFORT BY SUCH TALENTED AND CREATIVE YOUNG MINDS AS THEY STRIVE TO TELL THE STORIES THAT MATTER FROM THIS LANDMARK EVENT.

Each part of the world has its own cultural recipe, making it unique. After having a bit of Turkish cultural taste, WYC participants explained what makes Turkey special. Yosiyana Badariah (Indonesia): “I like the people, the culture, but the food is not as salty and spicy as the one I am used to. I love Turkish dance, I love it because it is so interesting. Also because I am a Muslim, I like all the female clothes I have seen here.” Hatim Abdelghafour (Morocco): “This is my first time in Istanbul and I appreciate it very much. First of all for its diversity and for the warm welcome Turkish people have been giving. I appreciate the effort made by Turkish people to develop their country. I think it is people who make Turkey so special, they have built a big civilization.” Erkem Koksal (Turkey): “My impression is that Turkish people are friendlier than people expect. The duality between the west and the east makes Turkey very special.

In other countries you cannot find a bridge that connects two continents, this is a symbol for this special bond. Some things are specific of Turkey: the opening ceremony showed us many of them.” Neil Endrigo C. de Miranda (Brazil): “I think Turkish people are really nice and Istanbul is an amazing place. I come from Brazil: my country is like a child compared to Turkey, it does not have such a history. When I see a temple, a mosque, and a palace, this is amazing for me because the civilization came from here. I also had a cultural shock because where I come from,people are really punctual and here being late is normal.The food is also different but I really enjoy it.” Nhi Dinh (Vietnam): “I really like Turkey because people here are so friendly.When I tell them where I come from they know exactly the city in Vietnam and this really impresses me. Here we can also see the mixture of European and Asian cultures.”

Socializing with the roommates
By Cecile Guezennec, France Up. The first meeting of Young Journalists at WYC, Nathan Daniel Heller Left. Journalists hard at work to produce this special edition, Nathan Daniel Heller

To ensure a continuation of process begun here, a unique series of outcomes will live on through the different media being used in this collaborative effort, such as video, radio, photo, blog and documents (all available on the virtual congress at virtualwyc.net or select articles on the new global youth media platform representingyouth.com).

THE CONGRESS TIMES...
Within a day of the first meeting a great first edition was produced and in one week the journalists worked around the clock to produce four more professional editions. For me, this effort is an appropriate indicator that so many young people of today show a conscientious and focused intention to work together for the greater good, regardless of the task at hand. If this is any representation of the calibre of young journalists from

around the world, I think it proves that we can transform many of the stagnant mainstream media channels by collaborating with the press offices and media conglomerates of the world with our fresh, vibrant and well-informed youth perspectives. The team of young journalists have been facilitated by an experienced group of media makers from around the world including: general coordinators Emre Çalışkan & Mühdan Sağlam (Turkey), newspaper co-ordinators Dumitru Iovu (Moldova) & Fatih Muslu (Turkey), video coordinator Andrei Ioniţă (Romania), radio coordinator Anna Morawiec (Poland), virtual congress coordinators Hannes Koudelka & Georg Feiner (Austria), and myself as a general facilitator to support the conscientious production of media at this event, Nathan Daniel Heller (South Africa).

The Congress has made it possible for us to meet people in many different ways. We have an Aile, we go to workshops, we see each others for regional meetings, we meet random people in the bus or while queing for lunch. We also have roommates. This was supposed to be yet another way to make it easy for us to socialize with people from different countries. Does it really work ? For Shiba Sheikh, from India, it most certainly does. She talks a lot with her roomates from Morocco, Canada and Turkey: “They are very sweet. We share things, we coordinate waking up times. We talk about our families and what we do at home.” The roommate experience did not start of too well for some, especially given the confusion that took place during registration. Inga Sabanova from Latvia queued for hours without water while Nadia Mazzeo from Argentina was evicted from her room! “I was in a room but I had to change because when I came

back someone had pushed my things away and taken my bed.” For Martin Sykes (UK), getting a room was easy and socializing with his roomates has been a breeze, especially at the beginning of the Congress. But the construction work that has been going on right outside the dormitories has been a serious problem. “They were drilling at 10pm. I went back at one o’clock in the morning and there was a hole in the wall. A guy came through the window in the middle of the night. The drill was plugged to the socket in the bathroom: the wire is still there.” Apart from these niggling annoyances, most of the delegates share rooms with people from different countries and have had a great time in the process.“This is a real chance to meet new people”concludes Emilie Etienne, from France. We might be in Istanbul, but in every room,you have been given the chance to experience living in a different country.

Peace Journalism Workshop – We Deserve Better News!
Aggeliki-Eleni Bitzouni and Christina Karypidou, Greece

Take Your Ideas Global!
By Yeuheniya Leonava, Belarus

Nowadays, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week covering characterizes the media system by promoting ‘infotainment’ (information and entertainment) according to the political and economical interests of the media. This situation is the consequence of the structural aspects of the media: the personal fea-

tures of journalists,the political environment, lobbies and the audience’s hopes. A specific workshop has been held, focusing on the two different ways of news writing, peace journalism and war journalism. While the latter is sometimes biased and emphasizes emotional aspects,the

former, called peace journalism, aims to explore the conflict background in order to raise the audience awareness on conflicts. Peace journalism is rather people-oriented and reports postconflict conditions such as reconstruction, rehabilitation and peace process implementation.

Workshop participants analysed both styles through various games and exercises. They were asked to express their reactions in case of conflict, such as compromise, competition and force imposition. The discussion pointed out a general trend towards compromise and the understanding of the concepts of the workshop.

Youth-led projects found a new web ally
By Liza Smith, South Africa

A new interactive and useful website to propose and find assistance for development projects was launched six weeks ago in Germany. Develop 2.0 is a new platform created by a non-profit organization,Develop 2.0 e.V,and is an initiative that has been years in the making. Mr. Rick Roeder, President of the project, is excited to see the results of the website and what it can do for the world: “Develop 2.0 offers the opportunity for young people from across the globe to engage with each other and to partner up in developing the world around them,” he said. Simply upload your project or proposal for a new project and students from German high schools or colleges will become your partners and

help your plans become a reality. Mr. Roeder offered workshops at the Congress about the benefits of social media for youth-led development projects and also explained the potential social media has to globalize development. Social media is an important tool in both empowering and mobilizing the youth to create new ideas and encourages them to work together – or as the tagline word of the event says:‘imece’. Develop 2.0 is looking for projects led by delegates from the 5th World Youth Congress and Roeder encourages all delegates to upload their projects and profiles. For more information visit: www.develop2.org

To tell the truth, accidently participating at Julian O’Shea’s workshop “Take Your Ideas Global. See the World. Change the World” turned out to be a good surprise. Participants shared their experience and funny stories about travelling and living abroad. Fir st step: find out our dream destinations. Guys from Italy, Spain, Las-Vegas and New-York be ready: you will have a bunch of visitors this year. Then, Hawaii will be crowed, too. Is it due to their impressing stand at the exhibition with tasty chocolates and friendly people? Now guess the craziest destination. Antarctica? North Pole? No! Take it globally…the moon! We had two volunteers there, so do not be surprised if you see the regular bus“Campus-Moon” these days! Julian O’Shea suggested figuring the political and geographical ideal world map.Would you prefer a world divided into different countries or just a world without borders? The question was a bit tricky but we reached a common conclusion: we are all human beings, equal but culturally different.Let’s think about 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 different projects the activists have here, how creative and innovative they are. For instance, two participants are working as volunteers with teenagers,improving their social skills, preventing them from being involved in illegal actions or falling into drugs or alcohol abuse. People here should be an example for the rest of the world.We are young and

we do not accept half-decisions, we believe in change! About the Congress, Julian O’Shea answered: “I believe that this is great and I personally gained a lot of new experience here, I am sure it is an ideal place to build new connection which can help in implementing projects and ideas with other people’s help”. Listen to this short funny story by an Indian delegate: it can help you to learn something more about Turkey. All of you know Indira Gandhi who was the Indian Prime Minister.There is an expression in Turkish which sounds actually the same “indiregandi” but it means “to steal something”. So, delegates from India, please be careful, because your possible political talks may seem suspicious for the local people!

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East Side Story: Tales of Romanian recession
By Orasanu Andra, Virtual delegate, Romania

We Romanians have outstanding records. Although cell biology, the Coanda effect, cybernetics, the Procopiu magneton or the discovery of insulin do not generally ring a bell, many would agree that Count Dracula would definitely jolt your memory with thoughts of Romania. The same goes for John Dillinger, the beloved bank robber of the 1930s, whose reputable better half, Ana Cumpanas, fingered him to the FBI. These days however people tend to overlook Romania as a just another dull eastern European nation. Nonetheless, I can assure you that we remain truly fascinating. This summer for example we have witnessed black magic being performed against the Presidential candidate, wages being cut by a quarter, flooded orphans on high heels and tyrants exhumed for a role call. We have been having quite a time.Yet it makes me wonder - why the seemingly farcical mess? Perhaps I should present myself before the youth delegates of the 5th World Youth Congress. Just as dainty rays of sun announced the middle of May we were analyzing the occult forces of Basescu`s purple ties and socks which attacked social democrat Mircea Geoana with negative energy during the televised presidential debates. Conclusively, he lost. But as you will see, it was no wonder

that genies,pixies,people with paranormal abilities and even Lord Voldemort all fought together at the front line of Basescu`s re-election as President. In a matter of days, the newly reinstated President announced that pensions, which are 150 Euro on average, will be cut by 15% and wages by 25%. This was almost as shocking as the incident with the purple socks, particularly because Basescu had repeated throughout the election campaign that there were no problems with the economy. He insisted that those who maintain such a thing were being paid by the moguls and that, conversely, we were actually on the verge of cornucopia. Out of the blue (or should I say purple), the GDP fell by 7.7%. The government went to bed contemplating economic growth and woke up in the middle of a recession. With terrorist concerns and the possibility of attacks by other envious nations fresh on his mind,Traian Basescu swiftly edited the National Defense Strategy, ultimately identifying the press as the root of all evil. The Supreme Defense Council agreed that ”media campaigns that denigrate state institutions”are a threat to national security and therefore oppose the law. As the ”transgressors” from France 24 observed, one can no longer accurately speak of freedom of press in Romania. Personally,I absolutely loved the way the French portrayed Basescu in the middle

of a military parade. What an image. When the great deluge came to visit last month - this greets us every year – one thousand eight hundred and seventy homes along with one thousand nine hundred hectares of forest were laid to waste. But no fear! Help was on its way. The best way to summarize this at the time was, perhaps, a headline in The Telegraph:”Flood victims given highheeled shoes”. Confused? Allow me to explain. This particular jollity involved Elena Udrea. She is one of the very few prominent female figures in Romanian politics – perhaps the sole figure since the 1980s when comrade Elena (Ceausescu) had blessed the people with her much envied and uncontested administrative skills. The new Elena is blonde and has posed in bikinis for a magazine shoot. Have I mentioned that she is also the Minister of Tourism? And this time her administrative skills compelled her to act especially after the floods.Mrs Elena Udrea called for her limousine driver and hurried to comfort those affected with bags of chocolates and one filled with high heeled shoes. These were aptly described by liberal democrat deputy Mihai Banu as ”very good for a party.“ One might suppose that these events are sufficient to keep us occupied. Mind you, I left out the President`s trip to the flood victims of the destroyed villages,

where he berated them for not bleaching the walls of their (former) houses. So here I am, August 2010, switching the TV on to see what`s next. Former communist dictator Nicolae Ceau-

sescu and his wife, shot 21 years ago, have been exhumed for identity tests. Their daughter, Zoia, requested for this to happen 15 years ago, but only now has the court decided to approve her

request. Delegates of the 5th World Youth Congress, this is only one example of a cry for change. And we young people can make this change!

Middle East Discussions: Who Sets the Agenda?
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I WAS THINKING ABOUT THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND HOW THESE PROBLEMS ARE PERCEIVED IN THE WEST.
By Ahmed Omar Afifi, Egypt

General Media Coordinator Cemil Yücel Editors Irina Shuvalova, Russia Maria Kouchma, Russia Cecile Guezennec, France Nicoletta Gomiero, Italy Gülferem Ölçüm, Germany Kartik Das, Singapore David Hiss, Germany Elena Roda, Italy Emre Çalışkan, Türkiye Mühtan Sağlam Türkiye Robert Schmidt, Germany Ellie Harvey, Australia

During the Middle East regional meetings at the congress, we have discussed many issues that significantly affect our countries and if addressed, would greatly improve conditions back home. We selected education and youth empowerment as the most important problems to be addressed as we consider them to be the backbone for the change that we need. Somebody was wondering why we did not discuss security issues. Some of the Western states accuse certain Arabic countries of being strongholds for terrorism,pretending not to see what is happening within their own borders. But don’t we all agree that that terrorism exists in many regions far beyond the Middle East? One frequently hears about dramatic terrorist attacks in different countries which involve citizens of these very countries. Why should we Arabs accept this seemingly exclusive accusation, believe it and then try to defend ourselves against it? If someone accused you of being a thief, you won’t run after all the people you know and say “Hey everyone, he is saying I’m a thief but I’m not! Here is the proof and I promise to work on it!”You will just ignore him and let the people see the real you. Thus, in my opinion, we should totally ignore any terrorism-related allegations, move on and work on the serious problems that our countries face. We should let people see the truth by our normal way of life, our actions and our communications. That is what we, the Arab youth, decided for ourselves and our countries.We should not let others dictate what our problems are.We are aware that security and human rights also need our attention. But we know our priorities and we do not have to follow Western concerns. We are in charge here.

Layout Dumitru Iovu, Moldova Photographers Hassan Zamani, Morocco Nathan Daniel Heller, South Africa Jonas Eriksson, Sweden Photo Editor Nathan Daniel Heller, South Africa representingyouth.com Facilitators Dumitru Iovu, Moldova Emre Çalışkan, Turkey Fatih Muslu, Turkey Mühtan Sağlam, Turkey For more articles and media go to: www.virtualwyc.net All the pictures of action projects were supplied by the participants. All articles do not necessarily represent the opinions of the magazine.

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No 5, Istanbul, Thursday, August 12, 2010

ARAB YOUTH DISCUSSES REGIONAL PROBLEMS
By Wojoud Mejalli, Yemen

TWO REGIONAL MEETINGS OF MIDDLE EAST AND ARAB COUNTRIES TOOK PLACE AT THE EXHIBITION AREA ON THE LAST TWO DAYS OF THE CONGRESS. A WELL-ORGANIZED GROUP COMMITTEE ALONG WITH CO-FACILITATORS DEBATED DIFFERENT ISSUES AND IDEAS THOUGHTS AND PROJECTS REGARDING THE MIDDLE EAST REGION.
„The first meeting was a mess because things were not well prepared and young people did not really understand the meeting’s aims,” Afnan, a Jordan co-facilitator, said. „There was a lot of miscommunication and a lack of information but the second and the third meeting were better than we expected.“ The second meeting began with an ice-breaking singing, with participants divided into sub-regional groups such as Maghreb, Egypt, historical Great Syria, Arabian Peninsula and North Gulf. Participants worked together to figure out the most famous song played in the sub-regions, starting to communicate through music.They also tried to choose the most famous words and food used in each country. Concerning the regional problems, six themes were defined based on the participants’ interests, such as Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Sustainable Development, Security, Poverty, Education and Gender issues. Delegates addressed the problems and tried to find solutions of the issues faced by their countries. Noufuel, a participant from Morocco,proposed an idea in order to support social entrepreneurship and innovation in the Middle East and North African region. “Creating an Arab development fund will definitely help improve the quality of work and reduce the unemployment rate in the region,“ Noufuel said. Stating that health care should be generalized not only for children but also for elder people, he added that “good examples should be implemented by all local governments.” Recalling that young people speak out for their rights from the governments without any boundaries, Egyptian delegate Mohammed Kamel emphasized that Arab young people are strongly motivated to talk about their problems, needs and rights. Referring to his own experience,“We did a lot of interesting work by being well-organized at the governmental and civil society level,” he mentioned. “NGO‘s should play an important role in the education system with some programs such as introducing technologies for society and helping young people get access to all the information they need,” he said, adding that the governments should also set policies to give equal chances for all people. Jana Bou Reslan, a Lebanese delegate, said that education and the way of training teachers are very important issues to be discussed. “They should have chance to study abroad before being educators to enhance their experience. Moreover, they should work during and after their studies to be updated,“ she noted. Saying that they need to care more about technology respecting culture of Arab societies in preventing to loose time during the adaptation period,“We have to choose technology and ideas which are suitable for our values and culture,” she said. “Education through technology, including mobile phones, should cover everyone in order to provide better life conditions.” Ilhami Khaled, a Lebanese participant, suggested a project on mediation, conflict prevention and resolution which may help to educate in order to act as mediators themselves in their own communities, becoming stronger and more eligible. International Peace Child and UNICEF representatives supported the regional meeting with their feedbacks, suggestions and project ideas.

WEST AFRICA ON THE MARCH…
By Muhammad Tahir Hassan, Nigeria

WHEN THE CHANCE CAME OUT FOR ME TO TAKE PART IN THE WORLD YOUTH CONGRESS, I KNEW THAT I HAD TO GRAB THIS OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE THE FUTURE STARTS. I HAD IN MIND THAT HERE I WAS GOING TO GET INSPIRATION TO SPREAD MY WINGS AND SOAR ABOVE THE WORLD.
Thus, I arrived in Istanbul with high expectations and I must say that so far I am fully satisfied wıth how the event is going on. I come from Africa, a continent stereotyped to be an abode for bad governance, corruption, HIV/Aids and other diseases, unemployment and lack of basic needs of life standards. This could be true to a large extent but I have a good news for all of you. The future of this continent is bright. Tomorrow brings hope and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Before coming to Istanbul, the constant question ringing in my mind was ‘when are we getting there?’Then, the first regional meeting for West African delegates changed my whole perception and I have found an answer to my question. The meeting was an eye opener and I hope that all of you attended them because it was like a blow of fresh air that we all strongly need.The meeting has made me clear my throat singing out the song of the future. It made me look inside my mind again and believe that West African youth is taking over the continent and the world at large. If education is the key to success in life, then I can say that we are becoming a successful story because the majority of the projects ran by West African delegates has to do with education! Even though the projects have similar themes, the approaches and implementation methods differ. For instance, consider the noble project of Babalola Oningbudo from Nigeria which focuses on providing books at barbershops and other public places for people to be read in waiting rooms. He runs also a neighbourhood bookshop. Desire’s work in Ouagadougou is aimed at encouraging young people to attend school classes. He even takes his time to go from house to house to teach kids! Isn’t that great? Muhammad from Ghana is a wise man. He understands the power of the media and uses the Radio Gold Accra to enhance the role of youth in his country. His brother form Ghana has been running his organization for four years and he wants to build a school in the next two years to ensure the early enrolment of kids form Northern Ghana into schools. While others are focused on child education,Abbase from Togo is particularly involved with elderly people. He believes that it is never too late for them to be literate. Thus, part of his project is to lead adult education in his community, whereas tackling poverty through childhood education is the dream and project of my brother Amadou from Senegal. Boully Galissa is also Senegalese and is a student coordinator. Most leaders prefer to use aggressive method to make their cases, Boully is trying to change the status quo. His project is championing a civil and better way for students to protest! You can say he is a peacemaker. Let me wrap this up by telling you about my project in Nigeria. My own project is aimed at grooming the leader’s tomorrow. I care about the future and believe that if you work with youngsters and instil in their psyche that they can change the world, equiping them with all the skills and information needed, then you can go to sleep with your eyes closed because tomorrow will be better than today! West Africa is on the rise ladies and gentlemen.Watch us rise with the sun!

A new age for the Balkan youth
By Nikola Skondric, Serbia

IN FEBRUARY 2008, THE PARLIAMENT OF KOSOVO (SERBIA‘S SOUTHERN PROVINCE WITH AN ETHNIC ALBANIAN MAJORITY) DECLARED ITS INDEPENDENCE. THE REACTIONS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN DIVERSE. SERBIA REGARDS KOSOVO AS AN AUTONOMOUS PROVINCE OF ITS OWN, UNDER THE EU MISSION GOVERNANCE THERE, AND SO FAR HAS DISPUTED ITS SELF-DECLARED INDEPENDENCE.
The Balkan region is located in SouthEastern Europe. It got its name from a Turkish word meaning ‘the chain of wooded mountains’ and refers to the actual chain of mountains located in the center of the Balkan Peninsula. The Balkan region consists of several coun-

tries: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria and Romania. Greece and Turkey are not considered as a part of the Balkan region, in the political and economical sense of the term, although they are formally in the Balkan Peninsula, and Moldova is sometimes included in this region. The Balkan region has always been a political and economical hotspot in Europe, especially during the last decade of the 20th century. Today, it seems that the conflicts belong to the past. The region is facing new challenges in terms of economic transition and transformation and establishing a market economy, as well as the EU accession. WYC in Turkey is a great way for the youth of the Balkans to meet each other and exchange ideas on how to enforce changes in their countries and the region on the whole, in every area of life where it is possible. It is also the way for the youth of the Balkans to be introduced to the beauties and issues

of other regions in the world. In the post-conflict era of the 21st century, it is really important for the youth of this region to connect to their neighbouring and non-neighbouring countries, to overcome obstacles set by political

and economical events. This Congress and other conferences in the Balkans will hopefully expand the cooperation among the youth of the Balkans and ensure the new future for this formerly troubled region.

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No 5, Istanbul, Thursday, August 12, 2010

Finally: A Real Display of Imece!
by Kartik Das, Singapore

TRENCHCOATS AND FANCY LEATHER SHOES ARE THE FIRST THINGS YOU SEE AS YOU STEP INTO THE HAYIR CARSISI IN THE PENDIK MUNICIPALITY. WHAT MIGHT OTHERWISE BE MISTAKEN AS A STORAGE FACILITY FOR FASHION APPAREL IS ACTUALLY A „DONATION BAZAAR“, ONE OF 60 SUCH CENTRES THAT EXIST IN THE MANY PROVINCES OF ISTANBUL.
This particular facility is run by 10 people who spend their days working tirelessly in preparing and packing items so that someone somewhere in their area can live more comfortably. At the 5th World Youth Congress (WYC), the theme of ‚Imece‘, or joint action, has been repeated on several occasions but only now has it been exemplified through a real life scenario. Those in need have to fill out an application form that requires details about income, health conditions, and family, after which they are subject to a visit from the municipality which verifies their financial status. Testimonials from neighbours are also taken into consideration as part of the application process. Once the applicant is deemed ‚needy‘,the relevant items are mailed to their home address every three months. From new winter clothes and stationery for children, to setting up tents and providing food for when the fast is broken during Ramazan, the concept of Imece is generously backed up with financial muscle. With the municipality operating a yearly budget of US$100 million, the Hayir Casiri is just one of the many projects that they run to sustain the region of Pendik. From setting up a regional library (Pendık Beledıyesı Kemal Tahır Kütüphanesı) to maintaining school buildings (Kırımılı Fazılet Olcay Anadolu Lısesı) and opening local parks (Bosna Park), the funds are directed solely to improving the lives of the diverse community that resides there. Water, roads, education and recreation all come under the responsibility of this municipality, which over the past years has come to be recognized as the model to be emulated in Istanbul. The challenge that congresses such as this one face is that youth often lose themselves in the complexities of the follow up projects. In an global environment where youth‘s family values are said to be diminishing in the rise of an individualistic approach geared towards financial prosperity, this project is a heartwarming reminder that family is unequivocally important. The concept of a larger Aile is something that communities worldwide need to adopt. It is a perfectly simple and feasible mechanism that will allow those in need to get the aid they require. The extravagant budget aside, the concept of taking the effort to coordinate and sustain a simple donation bazaar for the community is something one must refuse to let pass by without accolade. So if you have embraced the concept of Imece,take this as inspiration and try to better the lives of your extended Aile, regardless of language, race or religion. Remember this – if a society is to prosper, it must prosper as one.

Istanbul Action PAST
By Curro Martino, Germany

Action Projects: Activism or Photoshooting?
By David Hiss, Germany

The Istanbul Action Plan is one tangible outcome of the World Youth Congress 2010. It contains thoughts and suggestions concerning the „Millennium Development Goals“ which were set up by the United Nations in the year 2000.It reflects the processes that took place during this year’s summit aiming to „express the voice of the youth“. In order to mobilize „material and institutional support“ for „youth-led development projects“ and to enhance further discussions on social change it highlights several key focus areas of

global challenges, added by concrete suggestions for action, followed by a list of concrete initiatives which participants of the congress are just about to start. It is Sunday, the eighth of August, I am sitting next to the Blue Mosque on the old hippodrome - the ancient horse running arena. My eyes are wandering up and down the old Egyptian obelisk - a huge piece of marble stone, in the sharp shape of a clear crystal - pointing to the sky.The Hieroglyphs - which were carefully carved into its surface - are thousands (millenniums) of years old. They look perfect, exact, clean and

abstract. They show symbolic images, telling a forgotten story.Three snakes - woven into a spiraling upright copper pillar - stand next to the obelisk. Their heads are missing. The origin of the sculpture is Ephesus - the old Greek mystery center of the „Logos“ - the cradle of philosophy.The statue was erected in 400 B.C.when Byzantium was founded. Later, Jesus‘ mother Mary died in Ephesus and nearby the „Apocalypse of St. Jon“ was written. I walk around it, following the snakes with my attention - a slow and silent movement of constant transformation.-

My way leads me to Hagia Sophia - church of the Holy Wisdom. For one thousand years this church has been the most influential centre of eastern Christianity. - Built with marble stones from all over the ancient Roman Empire - just before its fall - it preserved the atmosphere of the antique world and wisdom - Sofia - all through the middle age.Today, most Christian mosaics are gone; crosses are replaced by Islamic ornaments.With the Turkish invasion of Constantinople in the 15th century, the antique wisdom reached northern Italy: the start of the Renaissance. A giant Seraph still looks down from the ceiling.The sun became the centre of the world. European powers conquered the whole globe and installed huge empires. A global economy started to emerge.- The ancient order of society was no longer accepted and finally overthrown.National states were formed and the individual - capable of thinking independently - was proclaimed as the new sovereign.- After long struggles and with the help of technological innovation old Europe succeeded in destroying itself in two disastrous wars, the answer: The United Nations. - After that: the cold war, the fall of the Berlin wall. And finally,by the end of the twentieth century: the rise of a global civil society movement starting to unite beyond economic interest and national boundaries. The past of humanity is our past, what is our future?

Imece.For some people it is a random word with no meaning, for others it makes life easier and for the attendees of the 5th World youth congress it is the main topic; an idea of joint action and communal volunteering. An idea that they are supposed to bring back to their respective countries. A few days ago these delgates departed to partake in 24 different action projects all over Turkey. Now that they are back it is time to gather opinions. Talking to the participants,two general tendencies become clear. Some delegates feel that the local communities took very good care of them and enabled them to master the concept of‘Imece’.Yet other, more critical voices were raised. Where was the ‘real’ action? Did their effort really change something in the community or was it merely an opportunity to take nice pictures of youth at work that was seemed more for show than anything else? “We visited beautiful places and could see a lot of the local cultures, museums and different towns.It was very well organized”, says Kadri from Estonia. Other delegates like Lim from Cambodia were similarly enthusiastic as he commented that “The program was really nice. We did not only want to engage in action projects but also get to know their culture. They included everything.We worked together at the seaside. Alone we could never have collected all this rubbish but together it works!” Imece at work was a joy to behold. Most however were left dissatisfied with the extent of the action.“It was not much of an action”, sais Harshavadhan

from India,“ but it was a good thing as four days would not be enough for an effective project. I think it was a good oportunity to meet people and we had an exceptionally good group leader. For three days we got all that we can get.” However some participants had another point of view.“We did not do anything useful and in the end we produced more trash than we could clean up.Our action was no real action but still they took a lot of pictures. I feel we were more models than activists”,said Beatriz from Portugal. Even though Stephanie from Mexico enjoyed the way her Aile was received, she also was critical of the event.“We did not really do anything for the community but still they took pictures of us.With an action project you can really have more of an impact than being together with a lot of important politicians.” These are very different opinions on action projects that were rather similar in nature. However, Spud from the US shared a few of his insights on the topic. “I think the problem arose from different expectations.It would have been a good idea to have a starting event, so people would understand beforehands what the projects would be like.” One can share both feelings. On the one hand delegates were truly embraced by Turkish hospitality and most families grew very close together. It can, however seriously be questioned as to whether there might have been other intentions behind organizing these events, something perhaps more sinister than simply helping the delegates understand the concept Imece.

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Heritage and Trash of Iznik
By Irina Shuvalova, Russia and Gülseren Ölcüm, Germany

TheYalicapkini Aile was ready for their Action Project.The journey brought us to beautiful Iznik, which has its historical roots in the Roman Empire. It has a great value for Christian history as part of the former Nicaea and Ottoman Empire. Moreover it preserved a significant amount of architectural monuments such as the ruins of the Roman Theatre, museums in a former Hamam and Hagia Sophia, which was a church before the Ottomans and later became a mosque. The wall of Iznik had four gates of which three were preserved.Another living fact of historical and cultural heritage is the ceramic art of this place,which is famous all over the world and adored by the citizens of Iznik and Turkey. On our arrival to Iznik we were taken by local journalists on a sightseeing tour of the city. The city is located along the amazing Lake of Iznik, which is surrounded by many diverse little villages. The lake itself is not ordinary.It is as large and

as blue as a sea. People of all ages use it for fishing, swimming and relaxing. It is therefore not just an economical source but also a recreational destination for the local community. However the beautiful landscape is being destroyed by the carelessness of the people who throw their garbage into the lake and on the beach. We were invited by the Iznik municipality to the local newspaper “Yerel Gündem” and e-genclik Association.The task of the Yalicapkini Aile was to clean the beach. Can you imagine cleaning a beach which is constantly being polluted by the visitors? It is like eternal rolling the stone as Sisyphus! So the main aim was to set an example for local communities with a display of action and through feedback in the local newspaper. People in such places are mostly affected by those who come from the capital city or other countries. That is why our help was supposed to be useful. So, visitors of the beach were irritated at

the beginning which was apparent by the way they were staring at us. This irritation however soon turned into interest and even support. “We are ashamed of ourselves“commented one elderly lady at the beach. Others were grateful for our work and were prepared to change their attitude towards environment. Children were happy and began helping us enthusiastically and we enjoyed collecting the garbage. The heat was terrible, but actually we did not have to work for a very long time. To be honest, we worked two days just for a couple of hours, and very few people wished to make more than was demanded.We were treated to an extended vacation of sorts.We had accommodation in front of the lake and had the opportunity to swim a lot,to walk around and observe life as it is.We saw big families coming with food cooked at home, with a great variety of items ranging from samovars to chairs and carpets.We saw

women in colorful national dresses and men drinking tea, or chay, from special thin glasses put on little plates.The habit of drinking chay is an occurrence that requires no special time or occasion. They drink it everywhere and all the time: not just while at a café, but even during money transactions at the bank. During our free time we had the chance to get to know our family members better. From strangers we became close friends. It should be pointed out that during the sessions of informal communication we got nearly no information about professional skills and achievements of our new “relatives”. The same could be said for the other Congress’s workshops which were not organized properly. But we had a great opportunity to compare ways of life, which appeared to be nearly the same, and different personal characters. We also engaged in a cultural exchange of languages, music and cultural backgrounds. Mika from Argentina taught the

others how to dance tango.Ghassan from Lebanon sang Arabic songs. Uljana from Ukraine and Christian from Puerto Rico initiated playing interesting games. And our Aile leader Alper arranged a Turkish dinner for us where we danced to live Turkish music. Before our departure we had a meeting with the vice mayors of Iznik. In this session we were asked to make useful suggestions on improving city and community life.At first we stressed the importance of educating people and providing them with more bins. Moreover we suggested that more care should be taken when it comes to preserving sites of historical heritage and use the places as cultural venues. All in all our family members were pleased with this kind of Action Project. We had the chance to get an impression of a typical Turkish countryside and a glimpse into the lives of the people who call it home.

The Fun Project – Alors on Danse!
By Robert Schmidt, Germany

Imagine a white boat in the Marmara Sea.Party music is playing and 20 young and attractive people are dancing on the deck. What is it? Shooting for a commercial? No. This is an action of the Aspendos family! Our favorite song during the project was Alors on Danse (Let’s dance) by Stromae. The family’s report will show that even if our project started with nothing but fun,we had still work to do. Friday morning started with guided tour to the Ministry of Youth and Atatürk’s house. Everyone knows Atatürk as the person who brought demo-

cracy to Turkey. It is impossible to stay in Turkey without observing his picture at least once a day. After the tour, we took a boat trip along the Istanbul coast. We danced and screamed for three hours, and then most of us took a bath in the sea. We were glad to have so many Turks in our family as they told us about Turkish traditions like Ramadan. On the second day, we were working at an archeological site. We visited schools, universities and a local theatre, where we learned a Turkish dance and how to play the drums.We also attended

a music therapy of disabled children and met with local authorities in Istanbul. On the last day,we cleaned a picnic site and played sack race. In general, our family used to dance and sing all day and all night long: on the campus, on the boat, in busses, in front of busses, at discos, in schools, in pedestrian areas and in shopping centers. During the Action Project,we learned a lot about Turkey and our family members’ cultures. Let us continue integration. Alors on Danse!

Action project in Düzce – An Unforgettable Experience
Nikola Skondric, Serbia

The action projects for the ‘Anadolu’ and ‘Lokum’ families took place in Düzce from Friday the 6th of August to Monday of 9th of August. It was a great opportunity for the delegates to be introduced to this peaceful and pleasant community. Düzce is the capital city of the Düzce province, in the North-West of Turkey and it is located along the coast of the Black Sea, between Istanbul and Ankara. In ancient times it was called ‘Konsopa’ and it remains well known for its rich history. The city of Düzce welcomed the WYC delegates with open arms and warm hearts. Immediately after their arrival, the delegates were introduced to very rich and diverse program,which was jointly organized by the local municipality and local organizations. This program included a tour around Düzce, with visits to the historical museum and natural wonders in the form of a complex of caves near the city. The beauty of the Düzce community was further discovered with visits to the mill and waterfalls in the hills. The rafting trip in particular will hold fond memories of the city for the participants who had the good fortune to experience it. During their stay, the delegates had a chance to enjoy the beauty of the Black Sea and to spend quite some quality time in the city. On a cultural note, the delegates had the chance to attend a traditional Turkish wedding, which was a real pleasant experience for all. The other days in Düzce were filled with excitement and joy.The delegates got a chance to enter an Art Crafting School where they had an opportunity to make a work of art on their own – a painting, jewelery, a simple ceramic decoration. For the less artistically inclined, they were able to see how carpets were being made. With hazelnut collecting and tree-planting activities,

the delegates were introduced to the life in rural areas of the Düzce community, where they were warmly accepted. The delegates also had a chance to be informed of the activities conducted at the local youth center, which they

later visited. This youth center does an amazing job in organizing courses of interest for young people and raising awareness on the topics that are important both to them and society on the whole.

The Action project in Düzce was a nice way to introduce the delegates to a small community, its richness and its most important issues.The program was rich and filled with many different activities so that the participants can

properly introduced to the community in just 4 days.This action project was a really great opportunity to make new friends, experience new things and to be witness to the beauty of the Turkish seaside. Düzce will be remembered as

a great city and the WYC delegates will remember the time they spent there with great joy. Thank you Düzce, thank you Turkey!

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No 5, Istanbul, Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Van Gölü Paint Job
By Maria Kuchma, Russia

Paint rollers distributed. Pictures and Atatürk’s photos off the walls. The painting begins. We are at a primary school in a hilly village located 20 minutes from the Black Sea city of Samsun. We are here to make the 25 children studying here a bit happier when they return to school after their summer holidays. The single story school building,covered with tiles, has only three classrooms, a director’s cabinet and a teacher’s room. Twenty-five WYC volunteer delegates have two days to paint the school’s interior and exterior and sort out the mess in the nearby garden. Cows grazing around the school stare at people with brushes and rakes, who went about breaking the usual silence of a lazy summer afternoon. Over-mature plums fall down from trees in the garden while a group of young people fill big black bags with flaccid leaves and grass. The painting team is working nearby, doing their best to make the school’s ecliptic walls brighter. Making straight the line between the upper white part of the walls and the lower terracotta part is not an easy job,but a ruler and a scotch tape make all the difference. “I don’t mind if I get dirty. I feel natural,” says Ivana from Macedonia, whose face, hair and clothes are spotted with paint. Atanur Sarioglu, the school’s director, is also here to supervise the restoration. We ask him to tell us about his pupils. “Our advantage is that we have only a few children, so we can look after them one by one. They are studying quite well, and teachers often call me

from the secondary school,praising our children,“ he says. He adds that many of his former pupils have graduated from universities and became lawyers, doctors, agriculture specialists and of course, teachers. “Unfortunately, we are short of space, and children from different forms are forced to have their classes in the same classroom at the same time,” he says. Aya Sato, student and social activist from Japan, says she likes her Action Project. “What I feel is that we are really helping people,” she says. “The work we are doing here is a good example of interaction with local communities.”

ANNE LEMIEUX FROM CANADA: “BEFORE LEAVING ISTANBUL, I HAD NO EXPECTATIONS ON OUR TRIP TO SAMSUN. IN THE END I ENJOYED IT A LOT. I FELT USEFUL PAINTING THE PRIMARY SCHOOL WITH OUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND LOCAL PEOPLE. THE FIRST DAY WAS A LITTLE BIT CHAOTIC BUT WE MANAGED TO ORGANIZE OURSELVES, AND THE SECOND DAY WAS MUCH MORE PRODUCTIVE. I ALSO APPRECIATED ALL THE WORK DONE BY THE ORGANIZERS IN SAMSUN TO MAKE US ENJOY OUR STAY. GENERALLY SPEAKING, I LOVED MY EXPERIENCE AND I AM REALLY HAPPY TO HAVE LIVED IT WITH MY NEW FAMILY.”

İzmir: Intersection of History, Beauty and Tolerance
By Çiğdem Erdal, Turkey

The action Project started with a beautiful scene of İzmir. The city was lying in front of participants, near the Aegean Sea. Today İzmir is known as one of the most popular destinations thank to its port, the Alsancak, important for both importing and exporting, many historical places like Ephesus, Kemeraltı Open Bazaar, as well as many museums, indicating that the city witnessed so many important developments throughout the history. The Lale Family on the first day visited the historical Kemeraltı Open Bazaar, one of the most famous places in Izmir, built in the XVII century. The Bazaar lies behind the Clock Tower, built by a German architect who built the German Embassy,as well.The tower is 25 m tall, it is surrounded by four fountains and its columns are inspired by Northern African themes.After sparing some time in shopping, the group visited some traditional craft masters

making wine barrels and copper stuff. Things were getting more interesting when, the following day, the group visited a Kazakh tent in Kemalpaşa and tasted the “Kımız”, a traditional drink, made of horse milk and then fermented.A wise old Kazakh man told that Kazakh tents have got the spirit of the family: all the people, women and men, old and young gather under the tent for celebrations, anniversaries, as well as for important decisions. The workshop on carpet weaving was totally a new experience for most of the group where some of them also tried to tie the knots.There the activists experienced how traditional crafts can be so beautiful as well as being challenging.This, you can understand after hearing the price of a very valuable carpet: 150 thousand $! The following day the family visited Meryemana House and Efes, in the southern part of İzmir. These ancient

places are in Selçuk, an Izmir town. Meryemana, or Virgin Mary’s House, is believed as the place where Mary spent her last days with St. Jean (Yuhanna). In the past, Meryemana was visited by some of the popes: it is possible to see some of their personal stuff inside. There is a small Byzantium church within the ruins. It was a real big experience for Christian activists such that this house is holy for them. After leaving Meryemana, the group reaches the ancient city of Efes. Efes, 3 km far from the town Selçuk, is lying on a very wide region, of which the construction goes back to 6000, B.C. Since it was moved so many times during the history, the ruins are spreading on almost 8 km-wide-area. The ruins,namely Ayasuluk Hill,Artemision, Ephesus and Selçuk are visited by almost 1,5 million people every year. One of the most beautiful constructions of the Roman period, the Celcus

Library, was used both as a library and a tomb. It was turned into a tomb after the death of the governor of Ephesus, Celsus, by his son. The other buildings include Artemis Temple, Meryemana House, Ashab-ı Kehf, and Isa Mosque. Finally, when the action Project day came,the group found itself on a shore of Çeşme, the most famous holiday destination of İzmir, to clean up some part of the shore off trashes. With a good teamwork, the shore, at least a little part, became more clean. The trashes became a kind of link between all the members of the group. None of them got tired, none of them got thirsty or hungry because, in the end, everyone was thinking the same: the world is a liveable place only if people make it liveable. This was the end of a trip, full of fun with the team spirit, let’s call it a real “imece”!

The Black Sea Aile
By Cecile Guezennec, France

The Karadeniz family bore her name well and spent the weekend near the Black Sea, on the north coast of Turkey. The bus was supposed to take eight hours to get there. On departure day, we were happy to learn that it would be “only” take five hours: we had a bus with some supernatural powers... but it turned out to be an eleven-hours trip ! It was well worth it: our destinatıon, the town of Kastamonu, lies in a mountainous area covered in forest, wild and beautiful. After a week in Istanbul, this was a completely different Turkey. The first day felt like a summer camp: we hiked to a canyon, then to a waterfall. For some in the Aile, this was a first try at hiking; as a reward for all this walking in the sun we swam in the cold water of the waterfall. The second day was beach day. Our action project was to clean the beach of Inebolu.It was

very nice to work on such a location, a cobblestone beach with transparent water during a sunny day. But somehow, the beauty of Inebolu is not enough to convince people to protect it. It was covered in papers and cigarette butts, especially near a little restaurant just above the beach. Cleaning the beach is only efficient on a short-term period, if habits do not change. On the plus side, we all worked together, as an Aile. This would have been ‘imece’ if some people on the beach or at the restaurant had joined us.The last day,we met the mayor of Kastamonu. He asked us how was our stay and what we thought of his city. Amanda Hachey from Canada pointed out the lack of a good recycling system in Kastamonu.The mayor answered that a plan was being made, to be ready in a year. So habits are changing on the Karadeniz coast.

No 5, Istanbul, Thursday, August 12, 2010

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The Doubtful Essence of Eskişehir Action Project
By Febi Purnamasari, Indonesia

ALMOST ALL AILE OF THE CONGRESS WENT OUT FROM ISTANBUL FOR ONE MAIN PURPOSE: THE ACTION PROJECTS. HOWEVER, SOME PARTICIPANTS DOUBTED THE ESSENCE THEY HAVE HAD FROM THAT PROGRAM. PEOPLE FROM THIS GROUP ARE THE EXAMPLE.
Ayran family traveled six hours from Istanbul to Eskişehir with various expectations. Some participants hoped to help the local people by doing real actions while others just wanted to have more fun. The result was that they had a combination of both.In a day the participants had an average three hours for action projects.They were planting the trees at a park,working at a construction field,and collecting the trashes. The last project was a short one because they were some journalists who wanted to report about the participants and their action project.

Rest hours of the four days were mostly for additional activities such as sightseeing, recreation (including shopping), or visits to some local organizations like the youth center and agricultural institution. For the action projects, the participants were really helped and assisted.Though they had had guidance at the beginning, they still needed hands from the local people. Moreover, the action projects seemed to give chances for participants to try ‘new’things rather than to help with their own hands. Like during the trees planting project, most of the participants did not dig the ground strongly enough and they preferred to ask the local people to do such thing. Also, during the constructing projects, they only had around fifteen minutes to TRY each work. It means they left the work before it was totally finished.

Ayran’s experience in Eskişehir, from fun activities to the serious ones such as the action projects. They were there taking pictures and video while the participants were planting the trees, working at the construction field, collecting trashes, having meals,and doing other additional activities.

HONEST OPINIONS
Due to the various expectations and commentaries among Ayran people about the action projects, the Congress Times provides a space for them to speak up more. Hope they could be useful input for the next two year congress. Let’s hear their opinions! „The action projects have been very useful in engaging us (the delegates) to build relationships with the local people. The action projects have also been utilized in ways of showing the local people that we are willing to perform acts and services that benefit them and their environment. All in all, the action projects were awesome.“Daniel Saifoloi,

ESKIŞEHIR’S NEW ‘CELEBRITIES’
Ayran people were like celebrities. Cameras and journalists were parts of

American Samoa „I would have liked to do work for Eskişehir community. We worked for a total two hours which in my opinion is not enough to make a change in Eskişehir community or to change myself. I wish the work was not only for the pictures.“Edenne Fournier, Quebec, Canada „Action project is symbolic rather than practical. For example,the planting trees project. There were already gardeners around with shovels so that it was not a long term or sustainable project. Field work was just video modeling.I expected us to work with local NGOs and to help the people with their activities.”Jia Jun Lee, Malaysia “Even though we were lost for most of the time and we kept ‘changing’ our plans, it was a pleasure to explore the pretty city. The action projects were very interesting. However, they would have been better if we could have done the work ourselves instead of assisting only.”Sidra Iqbal and Huma Iqbal, Pakistan “The action project is good. However it

would be better if we had the chance to integrate and interact with many people.” Josephine Barbi M. Balilia, Philippines “We were basically forced to pose for cameras and media in general. So, it looked like we were doing something. Most of the planned activities were not done because it was ‘too hot’ and the ones that we performed were very short, meaningless, and insufficient. Today (9/8), we were given plastic bags and plastic gloves to ‘pick up trash’ for under 10 minutes while media took pictures of us ‘working’. We generated more trash and polluted more the area by the 42 gloves used and 21 plastic bags. Even though I tried my best to help, we were taken sightseeing twiıce as much as we were taken to action projects. Terrible experience but great people (delegates) and Eskişehir.” Oswaldo Gomez, Mexico “Great team work, small groups division was good idea. Good organization and hospitability too.”Aleksandra Pavlovic, Serbia “I think these activities were not action projects. It was all fun and entertain-

ment for us. I do not say that we should not have fun but we should have done serious actions. We are here to make a change. But all what they care about is how they look like in front of the government and the press.” Hagar Omar, Egypt “Action projects were very cool. We discovered new amazing places, did a social work… It was a chance to know each other more and more. I will miss these days.”Aamer Ibraheem, Syria “The action project turned out to be unexpected just like this whole congress. The planning was easier and the organization went smoother even if it was communicated to the participant only sometimes. The people in the planning of this event are people with big souls and beautiful smiles. As for the work, we could have been ‘exploited’ some more, although nobody really minded us visiting and touring around.As for the team, we slowly discovered each other, sharing experiences we will carry within us for a long long time.”Mihaela Huluta, Romania, Febi Purnamasari, Indonesia

Besides the action project in Eskişehir
By Elena Roda, Italy

A YOUNG GREEN CITY. ESKIŞEHIR WELCOMED THE ACTION PROJECT GROUP AND THE GROUP ANSWERED WITH MUSIC, FOOTBALL SUPPORTING AND DANCING. THREE DAYS TO BECOME THE ESKIŞEHIR’S STARS.
Es-es-es ki-ki ki eski-eski es.The Eskişehir action project had just one soundtrack: the anthem of the Eskişehir football team, es-es-es ki-ki ki eski-eski es. On the first day the entire group started singing and has never stopped, trying to turn into the football team’s most important fan. And, surely, they got it. They caught the Eskişehir medias attention and became stars for one day: some articles about their action project have been published in the local newspapers. Unfortunately, the majority of activists could not understand Turkish, but still they could enjoy the pictures seeming very satisfied. Eskişehir welcomed the action project group offering a three days city guided tour: parks, sightseeing, the local youth centre and, last but not least, the Espark shopping mall. Actually it is not really correlated to the participants’ idea of “action project” but, at least, it is

interesting to understand how Globalization is part of real life. Zara, Mango, Yves Rocher, Media World: commercial chains, shopping centres are exactly the same all over the world. You can be in London, New York, Hong Kong, Eskişehir or anywhere else but when you enter a shopping centre you will feel the same: the unreal idea that in those places you can fulfil all your dreams. That is Globalization. Besides the Espark, Eskişehir is a young green nice city,three hours far away from Ankara.Here young students enjoy studying at the Eskişehir biggest university and crowd its huge campus. The city offers many different possibilities to young people. At the local youth centre they can learn to play the guitar, play theatre, have computer lessons and spend your time playing volleyball or basketball at the sport centre.The action project team also tried to play. Alas, the outcome was not very“agonistic”but,at least,full of fun. Eskişehir is also a water city.The first day the action project group had a boat trip on the river that crosses the city, dancing and singing Turkish music. It was amazing to see how the people on the riverside were looking astonished at this funny music event. It was our way to say: “Hey, people from Eskişehir: the action project group from the WYC is here!”

Some Moments at Great Ancient Troy City
By Faisal Akber, Bangladesh

Troy is a city which existed over 4000 years and known as the center of ancient civilizations. For many years people believed that it was the city mentioned only in the tales and never existed until it was first found in the 19th century.Troy is located in Hisarlik near Canakkale province. Troy also is one of the most famous cities in the history,remembering us Hector,Achilles and Achaean Greeks, the sake of Helen,Paris,Agamemnon and Priam.The ancient city of Troy has been inhabited since the Bronze Age although the city has been destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout history. We 28 members of GELLIBOLU family visited Troy City on 9 August. Just we entranced inside the Troy, noticed a large replica of the Trojan horse at the front of the ruins.Someone took pictures someone ride on Trojan horse.Of course not the real Trojan horse because it

was made about 37 years ago. Taking a picture with Trojan horse obviously is a great photo opportunity. A Guide of troy informed us, Troy has nine separate cities and 47 different layers, each of which represents a different period in the history of Near Eastern civilization and cultural evolution. As a result of this variety, archaeologists excavating at Troy,study cultural remains spanning over five centuries. The layers of ruins in the citadel at Hisarlik are numbered Troy I – Troy IX, with various subdivisions: • Troy I: 3500–2600 BC • Troy II: 2600–2250 BC • Troy III:2250–2100 BC • Troy IV:2100–1950 BC • Troy V: 20th–18th centuries BC • Troy VI: 17th–15th centuries BC • Troy VII: 1300–1190 BC • Troy VIII: around 700 BC

• Troy IX:Hellenistic Ilium,1st century BC Muge, Nathalia, Faisal, Theano, Abdel, Mou delegates became astonished by observing the ruins of Troy and the art, surrounded wall of troy. The Bury of Achilles, archaeological structure of Troy remembered us about the reality between Troy Film and real troy city. It is surrounded by fields of grain with a few interspersed villages in the area. Juan Antonio, a delegate from Spain, pointed that ‘It is a great opportunity for me to see the Troy city.One time in my life I can say that I’m very proud for seeing the real Troy city.’ Theano from Cyprus ‘Once I knew about Troy and Trojan War in the Greek Epic Cycle and especially in the Iliad, epic poems of Homer. But now practically I observed the Great Ancient Troy City which factual and legendary in the world.’

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No 5, Istanbul, Thursday, August 12, 2010

„WE ARE EVERYWHERE“
THESE ARE OUR VOLUNTEERS - THE PEOPLE WHO SACRIFICE THEIR ENERGY AND SLEEP EVERY DAY SO THAT WE CAN ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF OUR STAY AT THE CONGRESS.
By Maria Kuchma, Russia and Andrea Arzaba, Mexico

BORA AKINCE, 21

20 YEARS FROM NOW: PRIME MINISTER OF TURKEY AVERAGE SLEEPING TIME: 3 HOURS
Bora is the chief volunteer at the congress. „We are everywhere. We are really busy.We have meetings at night,that‘s why we sleep only a bit - for about 3 hours a night. Sometimes we are so tired that we get ourselves into various awkward - and funny - situations.“ „Several days ago I called a respected math professor at the Yildiz University who helps us with the congress. She did not hear the call, and then called me back. I said „Hi,Ayse, how are you? What‘s up?“ When I understood whom I was talking to, I was really confused, because I thought it was some of my friends and called her by her first name,“ he recalls.Bora has enjoyed his stay at the congress and is grateful to all Aile leaders who, along with the volunteers, have done their best at the WYC.

BUKET TURKAY, 22

MY MOTTO IS ‚SMARTER PEOPLE FOR SMARTER WORLD‘ AVERAGE SLEEPING TIME: 4 HOURS
If you want to express your gratitude to a person who has helped supply WYC participants with water during workshops, look for this girl. She is not the only one, but certainly the most important person when it comes to staying hydrated. „I should be here at 9am every day. I live in the Asian part of Istanbul, and it takes me much time to get to the campus and back,“ she says.However,despite all the difficulties, Buket says she is happy to be at the congress. „Apart from fun we are having here, I have a chance to improve my English while talking to people from all over the world,“ she says. Buket is currently studying industrial engineering at Yildiz Technical University.

BERK YUNUS, 22

„ACCEPT THINGS HOW THEY ARE. BE TOLERANT.“ AVERAGE SLEEPING TIME: 5 HOURS
Berk believes that participating in the WYC as a volunteer will allow him to help others and experience new things personally.„I have not met people from Bhutan or Cambodia before I came here. This is what is great about the congress,“ Berk says. „The people I meet here inspire me to take action to make myself and the world better.“ An International Relations graduate, Berk believes that tolerance is very important because it helps build bridges between the people. He is really excited to show everyone „cool places“ in Istanbul.

TUNAHAN YILDIZ, 21

‚I WANT TO BE A STAR!‘ AVERAGE SLEEPING TIME: 4 HOURS
Tunahan works hard every day to make our stay at the congress truly unforgettable. He is a volunteer photographer, and his camera is always „combat-ready.“ „I love taking photographs. Most of all I like photographing people, that is why I feel happy at the congress - there are so many people here!“ Tunahan says. He sees the WYC as a great opportunity to improve his English and to make friends with people from various countries. If you want to learn how to take good pictures, look for Tunahan.

LALEHAN ÖZALP, 23

AVERAGE SLEEPING TIME: 5 HOURS
‘Being a volunteer can be crazy or can be very boring. Usually I wake up at 7:30 or 8 have breakfast with other volunteers. Then we have a meeting where we get divided into groups, for example I can be working in the workshop area helping delegates getting to the right direction or I can be in the reception.We finish work in the evening, we have dinner together and we are around the campus until midnight in case delegates need something. Sometimes we also have midnight meetings’. Lalehan described this experience as an unique one. She has just finished her degree in chemistry and she will start looking for a job after the congress.

YASIN BAHADIR EROL, 21

AVERAGE SLEEPING TIME: 6 HOURS
‘I became a volunteer because I wanted to serve my country and my city, as well as gain some experience for my CV. Sometimes we enter the workshops and we learn together with others, also meeting new people. We like making new friends as well’. Yasın describes his job as a volunteer as one that involves ‘helping delegates, answer their questions, showing the correct ways, getting the correct supplies for the workshops and having fun too’. Yasin is currently studyıng Molecular biology and genetics at Istanbul Technical University.

Guiding the WYC: Aile Leaders!
By Kartik Das, Singapore, and David Hiss, Germany

Do you remember the person waving around the signs with unfamiliar names written on them,smiling hopefully at you, anticipating the arrival of their latest son or daughter? For the past twelve days, the family leaders have been the go to people when we have had problems

with the food, when we needed a guide to Istanbul or when we just needed someone to talk to.They have gone out of their way to ensure that we would never feel helpless. Goezde Giftlik from Fasil felt completely at home with her international

children. “I felt like in a real family. I really liked being with people all the time and getting to know them deeply. Being a Aile Leader improved my selfconfidence.” And while we learnt from them, the feeling was very much mutual. Pelin

Asena from Anitkabir was grateful for the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world. “It was a very nice experience. In the family we all taught each other something. Even though we were from many different cultures everyone opened up easily. All

the family members were hard working, collaborative and always positive. I could learn to take responsibility. This experience also taught me to be unbiased towards people.” The time has come to recognize them for their contributions and sincerely

thank them. They have treated us like family and,as we have learned in Turkey, the importance of Imece and family transcends borders. Teşekkürler Aile Lideri!

Sayı 5, İstanbul, Perşembe, 12 Ağustos 2010

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Fotoğraflarla Kongre

Camdan Dünyalar
Burçak Yıldırım

Cam ve cam sanatları her zaman ilgimi çekmiştir. Kongre‘de gerçekleştirilen cam atölyesi sayesinde bu sanat dünyanın değişik yerinden birçok delegenin de ilgisini çekmeyi başardı. Cam işleme sanatında dünyada saygın yeri olan Türkiye, bu alandaki deneyimlerini katılımcılarla buluşturdu. Kongre‘nin 3. gününde gerçekleşen cam atölyesine katılımcıların yoğun bir ilgisi dikkat çekti. Delegeler, hem cam eşyaların nasıl yapıldığını görüyor hem de kendi aksesuarını kendisi yapıyordu. Ben de fırsatını bulunca cam sanatçısı ve eğitmeni Sertaç Bayraktarla sohbet

ettim. Sertaç Bey bu işin hem mutfağında yetişmiş hem de okulunu okumuş. Bu sanatın inceliklerini Ermeni hocası Arşank Özben‘den öğrenmiş. „Bir işi öğreneceksen Ermeni‘den öğreneceksin, onlardaki disiplin başka bir şey ben şuan çıraklarıma o derece katı davranamıyorum, ama işin sırrı tam da bu“ diyor. Sektör olarak camı sorduğumda ise oldukça dertli cevap veriyor. 2005‘e kadar her şey iyiye giderken yapılan düzenlemeyle Çin‘den gelen ürün miktarı artmış. Ürün cam gibi gözükse de cam değilmiş. Bizim mal ettiğimizden ucuza satıyorlar, diyor. Peki, buna nasıl direniyorsunuz diy-

orum, trendleri takip ederek diyor. Eğer bir modelin Çin‘e girdiğini hissederse hemen bırakıp yeni ürünler tasarlıyormuş. Peki, nedir bu camın özü, diye sordum, gerçekten kumdan mı yapılır cam? Kumdan değil, kumun içindeki silisyumdan yapılıyormuş. Efsaneye göre 1600‘lü yıllarda bir adayı keşfeden İspanyollar kumsalda ateş yakmışlar. Sabah uyandıklarında kumun etrafındaki saydam ve sert maddeyi görünce camı keşfetmiş olmuşlar. Boncuk olarak cam fotoğraflardaki gibi, uzun kamışa benzer silisyumlarla yapılıyor. Ateşte çevire çevire eriyen cama,

usta istediği şekli veriyor. Ben de kendi cam kolyemi „biraz“ yardım alarak yaptım, yaz renklerine uygun olsun diye turuncu ve beyaz seçtim. Bu iş yaz sıcağında hakikaten zor meziyet. Diğer cam eşyalar da eriyen camın metal kalıplara dökülmesiyle yapılıyormuş. Bu eğitimi nerden alabiliriz diye hemen sordum, Kadıköy Halk Eğitim Merkezi‘nde Eylül ayından Mayıs ayına kadar süren toplamda 568 saat süren bir eğitim veriyorlarmış. Bu eğitim sonunda eğitmen dahi olunabiliyormuş. Aynı eğitim bir de Tuzla‘da var. İlgilenenlere duyurulur.

„Kendinizi tanıyor musunuz?
Burçak Yıldırım Türkiye

Dünya Gençlik Kongresi kapsamında pek çok ilgi çekici çalıştayla katılımcılara geniş bir bilgi birikimi ve vizyon kazandırılmaya çalışıldı. Çalıştayların kapsamına alanına konular katılımcıların hayata farklı bir gözle bakmasının da sağlayıcısı oldu. 1 Ağustos tarihinde 12.00-13.30 saatleri arasında gerçekleştirilen „Self Awareness to build a stronger self“ “ adlı çalıştay bunlardan bir tanesiydi. Hintli Eğitmen Vahibhav Mathur, farklı bir çalıştay olacağının ilk sinyallerini çalıştayın en başından verdi. Katılımcılar öncelikle açık alanda hiçbir kural ve kaide bağlı kalmadan ellerindeki topu havada tutabilmeye çalıştı. Bu kısa etkinliğin ardından salona tekrar dönüldü. Neden

böyle bir ısınma etkinliğinin yapıldığına ilişkin soruya her katılımcıdan farklı bir cevap geldi. Fikir yürütüldü ve farklı bir fikir harmonisi ortaya çıktı. Çalıştayın ikinci yarısı da tıpkı ilk bölümde olduğu gibi ilginç ve dikkat çekiciydi. Mathur, katılımcılara şöyle bir ön açıklama yaptı:“ Görünmez olduğunuzu ve bir kafede insanların sizin 5 tane iyi yönünüzden bahsettiğinizi düşünün sizce bu yönler neler olur” sorunun ardından 5ler kişilik gruplara ayrılan katılımcılar fikir teatisi ile kendilerinin iyi yönlerinin neler olabileceğine dair bir fikir teatisi yaptı. İyi yönlerin biraz çekinceyle grup içinde paylaşılmasından sonra ise sıra kötü yönlere ilişkin çalışmaya geldi. İnsanların ikinci kısımda yani eksik

yanlarını sıralamalarındaki rahatlıkları çalıştayın amaçlarına ilişkin ipuçları barındırıyor. İnsanlar kendilerinin iyi yönlerini anlatmakta ve bunun tartışmakta çekinceler yaşıyor. Eksiklikler söz konusu olduğunda ise herkes daha konuşkan ve farkındalık içinde. Çalıştay pek çok açından değerlendirilebilecek bir etkinlikti. Kapsamı ve etkinlikleri bağlamında çalıştay özgüvenin aslında farkındalıktan beslendiği mesajını veriyor. Kongrenin gençlik kongresi olduğu gerçekliği ile sadece genç değil, sorunlara çözüm üreten ve üretim sürecine kendi kişiliğindeki güçlü ve zayıf yönlerin farkında olan gençlerin kongresi olduğunu ortaya koydu.

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Sayı 5, İstanbul, Perşembe, 12 Ağustos 2010

5. Dünya Gençlik Kongresi‘nin yapılmasına öncülük eden Gençlik ve Spordan sorumlu Devlet Bakanı Faruk Nafız Özak, Dünya Gençlik Kongresi’nin kapanış töreninde yaptığı konuşmada, dünyanın 148 ülkesinden gelen 1400 gencin imece teması etrafında birleşerek; Türkiye’den dünyaya demokrasi, hoşgörü, gönüllülük, dayanışma mesajı verdiğini kaydetti. Özak, “Gençler bir ülkenin en önemli zenginliğidir” dedi. Dünyanın en geniş kapsamlı gençlik organizasyonu olan ve Devlet Bakanlığı, e-Gençlik Derneği, Peace Child International ve İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi Gençlik Meclisi’nin organizatörlüğünde gerçekleşen Dünya Gençlik Kongresi sona eriyor. Kapanış töreninde konuşan Bakan Özak, dünya gençleri Türkiye’nin 27 ilinde bir yandan, “imece”nin ruhunu anlamını tecrübe ettiklerini, diğer yandan ise tüm dünyaya ihtiyacı olan birey ve toplumları desteklemeye yönelik örnek bir mesaj vermiş olduklarını söyledi. Özak ayrıca, “dünya değişecekse; bu, gençlerin liderliğinde mümkün olacaktır” dedi. Bakan Özak, İstanbul‘un binlerce yıllık medeniyetin mirasçısı, dünya kültürlerinin, barışın, hoşgörünün, farklılıklara saygının simgesi olduğunu söyleyerek, gençlerin İstanbul’un ve Türkiye’nin güzelliklerini tanıma ve yaşama imkanı bulduklarını dile getirdi. Tüm dünyada gençliğin öne çıktığı bir dönemde, Gençlikten sorumlu Bakanlık

olarak böyle bir etkinliğe öncülük yapmaktan büyük mutluluk duyduklarını ifade eden Özak, sözlerini şöyle sürdürdü: “Geleceği şekillendirecek en önemli güçlerden biri, gençlerin enerjisi, vizyonu, özgün düşünüş tarzı, üretkenliği, dinamizmi ve hayal gücüdür. Gençlerin bu dinamizminin daha barışçıl, daha adil, daha hoşgörülü, daha kalkınmış bir dünya doğrultusunda yönlendirilmesi gerekiyor. Türkiye Cumhuriyeti olarak gençlerin kişisel ve sosyal gelişimine çok büyük önem veriyoruz.” Özak, gençleri dünyanın en önemli zenginlik ve değerli varlıkları olarak gördüklerini belirterek, gençlerin aynı zamanda geleceğin teminatı olduğunun da altını çizdi. Tüm gençlerin Dünya Gençlik Yılını kutlayan Özak, sözlerini şöyle tamamladı: “Gençliğimizin dünya gençliği ile karşılıklı hoşgörü, işbirliği ve anlayış ilkeleri çerçevesinde kaynaşmalarına büyük önem veriyoruz ve ülkemizde her düzeyde ve her alanda gerçekleştirdiğimiz gençliğin güçlendirilmesine yönelik adımların başka ülkelere de örnek olmasını diliyoruz” Öte yandan E-Gençlik Derneği Başkanı Kemal Uysal, İstanbul’da böyle bir etkinlik gerçekleştirmekten duyduğu mutluluğu belirterek, “Bizler medeniyetlerin beşiği Türkiye’de birçok ülkeden gençleri bir araya getirişmiş bulunarak gençlik olarak dünyaya barış mesajı ile meydan okuyoruz” dedi.

Bakan Özak: Gençler en önemli zenginliktir

İstanbul‘da ‚İmece‘ mesajı
bu eylem projeleri ile katılımcılar, fındık topladı, çevre düzenlemelerine yardım etti ve yoksullara yiyecek ile giyecek dağıttı.

ÇALIŞTAYLARDA DÜNYA SORUNLARI MASAYA YATIRILDI
Kongre kapsamında gerçekleştirilen çalıştaylar, 5. Dünya Gençlik Kongresi boyunca dünya sorunlarının konu edildiği yaklaşık 400 çalıştay gerçekleştirildi. Kadın hakları, çocuk hakları, medya ve demokrasi, doğal kaynakların korunması gibi dünya gündeminin üst sırasında yer alan konulara gençler kafa yordu ve çözüm üretemeye çalıştı.

İstanbul‘un Yeni Aileleri
“ARTIK TÜRKIYE‘DE BENIM DE BIR AILEM VAR. HER GÜN BIR ARAYA GELEREK EĞLENDIĞIMIZ BIR AILE,” DIYOR KARADENIZ ADLI AILENIN ÜYELERINDEN FRANSIZ CECILLE GUEZENNEC.
İstanbul‘da gerçekleşen 5. Dünya Gençlik Kongresi, farklı kültürleri buluşturmasının dışında çoğu yabancı katılımcının Türk kültürüyle tanışmasını da sağladı. Kongre delegelerinin en büyük deneyimi ise Türk aile kültürünün bir parçası olmalarıydı. Aile Liderlerinin Koordinatörü Caner Sayan, Türkiye‘deki toplantıyı diğerlerinden ayıran en önemli unsurlardan birisinin aile kavramı olduğunu söylüyor. Toplumun en küçük birimi olan aile, Türkiye‘de aynı zamanda toplumun en önemli birleştirici unsuru olarak kabul ediliyor. Kongre‘deki aileler de katılımcılar arasında güçlü bağların oluşturulmasında önemli rol oynadı. Aileler her sabah bir araya gelerek günü birlikte karşıladı. Gönüllü olarak eylem projelerine de aileler birlikte katıldı. 27 kente dağılan aileler, gerçekleştirdikleri projelerle toplumun bir parçası haline geldiler. Gerçekleşen tüm çalışmalarda geleneksel çalışma kavramı “İmece” ön planda tutuldu. Delegeler tüm işleri gönüllü şekilde birlikte gerçekleştirdi. Samsun‘daki delegeler okul boyarken, Bursa‘dakiler İznik Gölü‘nün kenarını temizledi. Avrupa Kültür Başkenti İstanbul‘da buluşan dünyanın 147 ülkesinden gelen 1300 genç 31 Temmuz–13 Ağustos tarihleri arasında Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi Davutpaşa Yerleşkesi‘nde buluştu. Bir araya gelerek bir harmoni oluşturan gençler, dünya sorunlarını birlikte çözmek için “İmece” mesajı verdi. Dünya Gençlik kongresi dizisi, dünyanın farklı yerlerindeki gençlerin, sivil toplum kuruluşlarının, gazeteci ve siyasetçilerin bir araya geldiği bir platform. Dünyanın güncel sorunlarına ilişkin fikirsel paylaşım içerisinde bulunan geleceğin genç liderleri sorunlara ilişkin çözümler üretiyor. İlk olarak 1999 yılında Havai’de gerçekleşen kongre serisinin en vazgeçilmez özelliği ise farklı kültürlerden bir araya gelen gençlerin her kongrede bir teman etrafında toplanması ve konferanslar, çalıştaylar ve eylem projeleri ile çözüme ilişkin aktif katılımlı analizler ortaya koyuyor olması. Havai’nin ardından 2003 yılında Fas’ta 2005 yılında İskoçya’da ve 2008 yılında Kanada’da gerçekleştirilen kongrenin 5cisi Devlet Bakanlığı himayesinde Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi Davutpaşa Kampüsü’nde gerçekleşti.

KÜLTÜREL ETKINLER ILE KEYIFLI DAKIKALAR YAŞANDI
5. Dünya Gençlik Kongresini farklı kılan bir yön ise kongre kapsamında gerçekleştirilen kültürel etkinliklerdi. Öncelikle katılımcılar, Türkiye’nin farklı bölgelerini tanıtan danslara eşlik ederek keyifli dakikalar yaşadı. Boğaz turu ile İstanbul’a hayran kalan gençler Alfa Omega’nın göz dolduran performansı ile eğlendi. Kapanış seremonisi için Bruhaha ekibinin ritimleri ve dansları ile de kongreye keyfi dolu bir veda hazırlığı yapıldı.

EYLEM PROJELERI ILE TÜRKIYE’NIN 35 FARKLI NOKTASI ZIYARET EDILDI
Kongrenin ana gayelerinden bir tanesi, sosyal duyarlılık alanlarına gençlerin aktif katılımı sağlamak. Bu amaç çerçevesinden katılımcılar, Türkiye’de 27 ili kapsayan 35 noktada sosyal duyarlılık projesine katıldı. Türkiye’nin tanıtılmasına katkı sağlayan

Görüş: Dünya Gençlik Kongresinin Sivil Toplum ve Kamu Diplomasi Boyutu
Kemal Gülpınar Türkiye

148 ÜLKEDEN 1000’I AŞKIN YABANCI GENÇ GIRIŞIMCININ VE 300’Ü AŞKIN TÜRK KATILIMCILIYLA BULUŞTUĞU DÜNYA GENÇLIK KONGRESI’NIN 5.SI BUGÜN ITIBARIYLE İSTANBUL’DA SONA ERMEK ÜZERE. TÜRKIYE‘DE GERÇEKLEŞEN KONGRE IMECE TEMASI ÜZERINE TOPLANDI.
Dünya’nın en büyük Gençlik Çalışmaları’ndan birisi olan Kongre’de 400’e yakın Atölye’nin yanı sıra 80 farklı Sivil Toplum Kuruluşunun katıldığı Gençlik Fuarı gerçekleşerek 27 farklı

şehirde aynı anda Eylem Projeleri yürütüldü. Birleşmiş Milletler Bin Yıl Kalkınma Hedefleri’nin yapılabilirliğini sorgulayan, ulusal ve uluslararası taban da Gençlik Politikaları’nın yapımına katkıda bulunmayı amaçlayan Kongre’nin hazırladığı “İstanbul Eylem Planı” iki hafta sonra hükümetler arası düzeyde yapılacak Meksika Gençlik Zirvesi’nin ana gündem maddelerinden olmaya aday. Kongre’nin ülkelerarası ilişkilere yapabileceği etki aynı zamanda “Kamu Diplomasisi” kavramıyla farklı bir anlam kazanıyor. Soğuk Savaş sonrası küresel seviyede “Ulus-Devlet” modelinin aşınmaya

başlamasına paralel olarak “Diplomasi” kavramı da bir dönüşüm yaşadı. Diplomasi klasik tanımıyla “bağımsız devletlerin, yani uluslararası sistemin temel birimlerinin birbirleri ile olan ilişkileri ve kullanılan metotların tümü” olarak açıklanıyor. Bu tanım değişikliği Diplomasi kavramının içeriğini değiştirmekle kalmamış, aynı zamanda literatüre “Kamu Diplomasisi” kavramını dâhil etmesini sağladı. Bu tanıma göre Kamu Diplomasisi; “Medyanın uluslararası ilişkilerdeki rolünü, hükümetlerin kamuoyuna dayanarak kendini geliştirmesini, bir ülkenin özel kuruluşlarının diğer ülkelerin kuruluşlarıyla hükümet dışı etkileşimde bulunmasını ve tüm bu uluslararası sürecin,

politika geliştirme ve dış ilişkilerin yönlendirilmesi üzerindeki etkisini kapsıyor. Bu ilişki türü birçok farklı kanaldan yürütülüyor. Genel anlamda bahsedilen özel kurumlar “Sivil Toplum Kuruluşları” olarak adlandırılıyor. Bu tanımda özel kuruluşlar olarak bahsedilen kurumlar ağırlıklı olarak “Sivil Toplum Kuruluşları” kapsamına girmektedir. Bu tarz kurumlar “Fikir Üreteç Araçları” olarak da adlandırılabilirler. Bu araçlar belirli kanaat önderleri tarafından yönlendirilmektedir. Bu kanaat önderleri Siyasi Parti Liderleri’nden, İş Adamları’na, Medya Sektörü’ne kadar uzanmaktadır. Bu kuruluşlar ülkelerin imajını yönlendirebilir ve yeniden inşa edebilir. Ülkemizin imajını

rasyonel şekilde değerlendirebilmesi için potansiyel verilerini belirlemesi gerekmektedir. Kısaca bahsedersek; Türkiye, bölgesindeki ülkelere nazaran Batı Değerlerine olan uyumu ve Demokratikleşme Sürecinin ivmesini sürdürerek devam ettirebilen bir ülkedir. Ülkenin dinamik genç nüfusu, tarihsel uzlaşı birikimi mevcut olan bir ülkedir. Bütün bu özelikleri içinde damıtan İstanbul’un Kongre Mekânı olarak seçilmesi ise dikkate değer bir husustur. Çünkü yüzyıllar boyunca Düzen, adalet, huzur ve barışın farklılıklarla beraber yaşanabildiği bir kadim medeniyetin ruhunu hala içinde saklayabilen nadide bir şehirdir, İstanbul. Medeniyet Havzaları’nın kesiştiği bu

topraklarda Gençliğin Küresel çapta sorumluluk alma istekliliği gelecek adına umut verici diye düşünüyorum. Üniversitelerden iş dünyasına kültürel ortak paylardan insan hakları ve küresel sorunlarla mücadele etme konusundaki birikimlerin aktarıldığı Kongre, Doğu’nun değerlerini Batılı vizyonuyla buluşturan coğrafyada sürdürülebilir Barış ve Kalkınma için Gençlik adına önemli bir adım sayılabilir. Son olarak 5.Dünya Gençlik Kongresi artılarıyla ve eskileriyle Türkiye Gençleri’nin gurur duyması gereken bir organizasyon olduğuna inanıyorum. Organizasyonun bir parçası olarak da başta Organizasyon ekibi olmak üzere emeği geçen herkese teşekkür ediyorum.

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