“The Great Silk Way International Youth Camp” organized by the “Great Silk Way” International Youth Union with the support of the Council of State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan has been finished. The project started on 25 August and was finished on 31 August. The project was aimed to:
1. To initiate an intercultural dialogue between youth workers;
2. To create sustainable motivation and encourage youth for promotion of values and development of actions in the sphere of multicultural dialogue on their local level;
3. To create common understanding of intercultural dialogue among participants and to develop participants skills in this field;
4. To encourage future network among participants and support potential peer-leaders and multipliers for Intercultural Dialogue working on local level after the participants are back to their countries of residence;
5. To explore existing concepts, practices and approaches in intercultural dialogue, non-formal education, project management;
6. To ascertain the obligations of community to respect, protect and fulfill the right to equal education among the people representing different cultures, nations and religious.
Participants from 13 countries (Azerbaijan, Romania, Gambia, Turkey, Tajikistan, Greece, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Algeria, Russia, Mozambique, Georgia, and Tunisia) took part in 5 days-long project.
The first day of the camp participants got to know each other and held icebreaking – teambuilding activities, they were informed about Azerbaijan and objectives, aims and activities of Great Silk Way International Youth Union.
The second day was fully dedicated to the topic of Intercultural relations. The participants of Youth Camp discussed to build a Mosque in Sleepyville as part of training related to freedom from discrimination, freedom of religion and belief, freedom of opinion and information. The main objectives of activity were to experience real conflicts that can arise in meeting the needs of diverse communities, to explore the right to freedom of religion and belief, to develop skills of debate and analysis. One of the activities was called “Soon To Be Outdated”. The main objectives of the activity were to develop understanding about the social construction of beliefs, to develop critical thinking and discussion skills, to cultivate of open-mindedness and enquiry.
The third working day participants visited Heydar Aliyev Center and visited Azerbaijan Youth Foundation under the President of Azerbaijan Republic. They were informed about the activities of the Youth Foundation. On second half of the day, after the participants came back to the venue, they proceed to the 1 session simulation game was called Dardarians about stereotypes and intercultural dialog.
The fourth day of the camp participants took few activities such as “Can I come in?”, “Language barrier”, “Euro-rail `A la carte`”, “Tales of the World”, “Antonio and Ali” related to different topics – religious diversity, immigration and refugees` rights, discrimination.
The first part of the fifth day trainers implemented project management session. The second half of the day was dedicated to presenting follow-up projects, awarding participants with certificates and official closing of the event. As non-official closing part, guys had a party.