“Different Culture – One Humanity” was the topic of the youth exchange, which took place in Yerevan, Armenia from 5 till 14 August, 2014 and united 35 young people from 7 countries.
Young people were youth leaders from Armenia, Georgia, Latvia, Romania, Italy, Ukraine and Portugal in the framework of the project had opportunity to study each other’s culture and traditions, create dialogue and intercultural communication between them.
The Exchange was financed by European Commission, Youth in Action program and aimed to create peaceful dialogue and intercultural exchange between young people.
The training was organized by “Educational and Cultural Bridges” NGO, its foreign partners as well as with the support of FYCA NGO.
The exchange created space for respect and tolerance towards other cultures and human rights, made young people and multipliers aware about other cultures and the common values, provided them with the skills and tools to enhance their activities in this context. The exchange sustained and widened existing networks of youth workers and youth leaders; promoted the understanding and respect for cultural diversity and intercultural cooperation.
The participants were involved in different activities, during which they had opportunity not only to present their culture, but also to learn and widen their knowledge about other cultures as well. The founding principles of the exchange was respect for Human Rights, Tolerance and Equality and showed to the participants that though they belong to different cultures, have their traditions and mentality but at the same time they are all Human Beings, equal before the law with the same Human Rights.
The organizers had also prepared interesting activities and cultural day to give opportunity to participants to get acquainted with local culture, its’ traditions and history of Armenia. The exchange took place in a warm atmosphere, during nine days participants had opportunity to live under the same roof and share their culture and experience with each other.
This exchange no doubt created and empowered the existing cultural bridges between the participating countries and organizations.