International Youth Forum “Active Participation in Youth Policy” in Azerbaijan

16/07/2016

13592276_1615817778730483_3561059930067600479_n (1)On 4 – 9 July 2016 there was an international youth forum “Active Participation in Youth Policy” in second biggest city of Azerbaijan, Ganja. In the forum took part 25 young leaders from 13 countries (Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Georgia, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russian Federation, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine). Event was held with the organization and implementation of Azerbaijan Democratic Student & Youth Organization (ADSAYO) and financial support of Youth Foundation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and support of the Ministry of Youth & Sport of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Ganja city Executive Authority.

The participants of youth forum are young leaders and representatives of youth organizations, who gathered to support the implementation of international cooperation in cultural and social initiatives and projects, exchange of experience and ideas about the youth policy. In the framework of the forum young leaders had the opportunity to participate in multicultural dialogue and communicate with the representatives of governmental agencies of Azerbaijan to inquire about the implementation of youth policy in “the land of fire”.

Although successful steps have been taken in the direction of youth policy, working with young people, volunteerism, leadership, youth employment, informal teaching for youth, there are still many problems. Of course, there is a great need for the study and application of sustainable practices and methods that are modern, showing and justifying its effectiveness in cooperation between governmental and non-governmental organizations.

13606787_1107778369283208_6161518794828340035_n5 days of the fruitful collaboration were filled with enthusiasm, inspiration, spirit of brotherhood, respect and friendly atmosphere. Each participant worthily presented his country in the international arena and told about the key issues and achievements in the field of youth policy.

Ukrainian delegation to Azerbaijan was represented by the volunteers of the NGO “Poruch”: Svitlana Pozniak, Anastasiia Bezhevets, Yana Bryk and Vladyslav Dementiev. Ukrainian team told about the experience of NGO “Poruch” in the field of volunteerism, youth policy and youth participation in social activities in Ukraine.

The five-day conference program was intensive and included various types of activities:

1 day:

On the first day for participants there was arranged a tour of memorable places of Ganja. We visited the monumental complex named after the
National Leader Heydar Aliyev, which includes Heydar Aliyev Center and Park.

In the afternoon there was a tour to the National Park “Göy Göl” (“Blue Lake”). Due to an earthquake which hit the area on 30 September 1139, parts of the Kapaz Mount collapsed and blocked the path of the Kürəkçay River. As a result of diversion of water flow was created a lake with pure mountain water.

2 day:

Grand opening of International youth Forum. Official plenary opening included welcoming speeches of ADSAYO chairman Mr. Asif Asgerli, the Head of Ganja city Executive Authority Mr. Elmar Valiyev, the Head of the section of Presidential Administration of AR Mr. Vusal Guliyev, the Executive director of Youth Foundation under the President of AR Mr. Farhad Hajiyev, the Ambassador of Romania to Azerbaijan Mr. Daniel Cristian Chiobanu, the representatives of national youth NGOs.

13689591_617409648419387_1596853492_nAfter the plenary session participants visited “Ganja Sharab-2”, wine factory, and learnt about the technologies and stages of winemaking.

In the evening there was an entertaining program, which included an intercultural evening with dancing and singing, and presentation of national dishes and beverages. TM “Askold” provided Ukrainian delegation with the products for the intercultural evening.

3 day:

“Ice-breaking” activities to stimulate warm relationship.

Panel discussions:

Panel I “Active participation in decision-making on youth policy and implementation stages”. Speeches of moderator and experts. Presentations, discussion, suggestions and comments of participants on the panel topic.

Panel II “Volunteering activities and leadership skills of young people”. Speeches of moderator and experts. Presentations, discussion, suggestions and comments of participants on the panel topic.

13631628_1616461661999428_3224679931986144934_n4 day:

“Ice-breaking” activities to stimulate warm relationship.

Panel discussions:

Panel III “Youth employment and new social approaches”. Speeches of moderator and experts. Presentations, discussion, suggestions and comments of participants on the panel topic.

Panel IV “Informal teaching methods in youth activity. International and regional cooperation opportunities of young people”. Speeches of moderator and experts. Presentations, discussion, suggestions and comments of participants on the panel topic.

5 day:

Final assessment of panel discussions. Presentation of certificates and memorial gifts to the participants.

Final closing of International Youth Forum. Adoption of Ganja Declaration.

Taking memorial photos.

Musical entertaining program in the evening.

 
 

 

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