SALTO EECA, Belgian-Flamand National Agency
Contact Making Seminar
Civil Contract and Creative Minds Youth NGO (Armenia), Aran Humanitarian Regional Development Organization (Azerbaijan), Young Social-Democrats, Maladaya Hramada (Belarus), Ambrasade and SMAG (Social Movements in the Global Age) (Belgium), SUA - Scandinavian Ukrainian Alliance (Denmark), Education and Research Association of Politics (Georgia), TU Dresden, Grüne Dresden, Grüne Hochschulgruppe and German Red Cross (Germany), Kulturális Kapcsolatokért Alapítvány (Institute for Cultural Relations Policy) and Eurotender Association (Hungary), AFS Iceland, Lithuanian Atlantic Treaty Association, Active Youth Association (Lithuania), The Hague youth ambassador (the Netherlands), 4youth(Poland), Scientific Advisory Center "Consciousness (Russia), Ukrainian Initative and Ukrainian Youth Centre.
From 18th till 23rd November in capital city of Ukraine, together with representants of 9 other European countries we had a chance to talk about different form of youth political participation. During those 4 intensive days we had a lot of chance to compare situations in our country, listen to interesting stories (such as Maidan revolution from the backstage) and seeing the situation in Ukraine on our own eyes. We don’t want to write you about methods we’ve used or contacts that we made (which we hope will be visible through our next projects), but for sure we want to share one thing with you. This is the gap, which still is very much seen between East and West. Despite having experience of both living in the West and the East, Wojtek told us that it was still quite a shock for him to see totally different levels of conversation between, let’s say Belgium and Armenia. Whilst our western colleagues were presenting broad spectrum of youth participation in their country, from our Polish perspective we were thinking about how to encourage people to go and vote every four years and on the other end our Eastern partners were debating about how to hold fair elections. What is even more important, that after those four days many of the participants managed to find common area of cooperation. And again, within all those discussion, Poland occured a bridge between West and the East. We do hope, that we will manage to use this bridge effectively.