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That‘s Fit to Print“

No 5 Istanbul, Thursday, August 12, 2010 Free copy

TO TRANSLATE DISCUSSION INTO ACTION


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

The 6th World Youth Congress:


Our Hopes and Expectations By Audry Maulana – Indonesia

After two weeks of countless work- and sharing their ideas in the tropical there so we can exchange experience city, Jakarta, would be the place for the that in the next world youth congress
shops, thoughts sharing, trying to find atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro.. over there, and I hope we can make next congress” said Emil with a frown, series, we can gain much more know-
solution for our regional issues, lear- “I wish that my country would work youth voices more heard.” “Keep the “but anyway, I think Brazil as a new ledge and able to share our thoughts
ning the true meaning of “imece”, and hard in organizing the congress, so messages going, believe in you, I think economical power of the world would and views regarding issue that has
also, learning so many other cultural the delegates would feel welcomed in it‘s important to keep our voice heard, do their best to hold an event as big as becoming a global issue.And at the end,
values, we finally come to the very last Brazil.” said Neil Endrigo, one of many because voices of youth are really can the World Youth Congress, I have my we all hoped that in Rio de Janeiro we
moments of the 5th World Youth Con- Brazilian delegates.“Rio de Janeiro is a make difference.” optimism in Brazil.” said Emil.“I hope I can gather once again, as a youth who
gress. In Istanbul, we celebrated youth very crowded city, it would take a hard But not everyone knows about the can attend the next congress, because eager to make differences in the world
and intercultural understanding toge- work to hold such congress here, but 6th congress that will be held in Rio I feel I gain so much knowledge while we living.
ther with more than 1000 active young I still feeling optimist that Brazil can de Janeiro. For example, Emil Yaditya, a attending the 5th WYC in Istanbul.” Obrigado Istanbul, obrigado Turquia,
people coming from 147 countries. organize the congress successfully” delegate from Indonesia,confessed that We hoped that the 6th world youth vedo vocês no Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!
The World Youth Congress, which he continue. “And also, I think Brazil, he wasn’t aware of that. “I don’t know congress will become a youth congress (Thank you Istanbul, thank you Turkey,
have been a series of youth congresses especially Rio de Janeiro would have that the exact location of the congress where all of our voices be heard by see you in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!)
that started in Hawaii, 1999. After the a better infrastructure because of the has been selected, I was hoping that my everyone in the whole world.We hoped
Hawaii Congress, it has been held world cup that also will be held Brazil
in Morocco (2003), Scotland (2005), in 2014” said Neil.
Quebec City (2008),and in our inspiring Another opinion comes from Arabel

LET’S CLICK!
Istanbul (2010). For the next congress, Queiroz, another delegates comes from
Several Pictures, Blogs, Videos and Radio
that is the 6th World Youth Congress will Brazil “Well I think that the world youth Podcasts are already available on the
be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2012. congress is a good idea for youth to Virtual Congress platform.
Rio de Janeiro has been famous for get together and sharing ideas which
its beautiful beaches such as Copaca- not only important for the youth but If you can manage to find an Internet connectıon some- Find us in the Jumanji something building, (you might
bana Beach and Ipanema Beach. And also important for everyone in the where, the team of the Virtual Congress would be happy know it as C) in room number D214 on the ground floor
of course, who doesn’t know about the world. This is also a good experience if you could upload your photos, videos, PowerPoints or where we have several computers that are connected to
statue of Christ the Redeemer which has for youths coming from all around the Outcomes of your Workshops or whatever that is related the Internet.
to our Congress. Moreover we would be thrilled if you
been elected as the new Seven Wonders globe.” When asked about how the 6th could write a little blog post yourself or comment on the So get started and check out
of the World. In Rio, two years from now, World Youth Congress would be, she posts of others. the Virtual Congress @ www.virtualwyc.net
we will once again meet bright young said “By then, we have time to reflect If you can’t manage to find Internet our doors are open. or write to us @ virtual@unitedgames.org
minds coming from all over the globe and I hope there will be more Brazilian
2 No 5, Istanbul, Thursday, August 12, 2010

The recipe of
A Sign of the Times by Nathan Daniel Heller, South Africa
Turkey’s uniqueness
By Virginia Dumitras, Moldova

Each part of the world has its own In other countries you cannot find a
THE CATEGORY OF YOUNG JOUR- cultural recipe, making it unique. After bridge that connects two continents,
NALISTS AT THE 5TH WORLD having a bit of Turkish cultural taste, this is a symbol for this special bond.
YOUTH CONGRESS IN ISTANBUL WYC participants explained what Some things are specific of Turkey: the
IS AN ACTIVE AND COURAGEOUS makes Turkey special. opening ceremony showed us many
GROUP OF ALMOST 100 BUDDING Yosiyana Badariah (Indonesia): of them.”
“I like the people, the culture, but the Neil Endrigo C. de Miranda
YOUNG REPORTERS WHO ARE
food is not as salty and spicy as the (Brazil): “I think Turkish people are
CONTRIBUTING A HUGE AMOUNT one I am used to. I love Turkish dance, really nice and Istanbul is an amazing
TO THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THIS I love it because it is so interesting. place. I come from Brazil: my country
CONFERENCE BY CREATING A FLOW Also because I am a Muslim, I like all is like a child compared to Turkey, it
OF CONTENT THAT WILL CONTINUE the female clothes I have seen here.” does not have such a history. When I
TO SERVE THE CONGRESS AIMS Hatim Abdelghafour (Morocco): see a temple, a mosque, and a palace,
LONG AFTER WE HAVE ALL PACKED “This is my first time in Istanbul and I this is amazing for me because the
appreciate it very much. First of all for civilization came from here. I also
UP AND RETURNED TO OUR 147+ its diversity and for the warm welcome had a cultural shock because where I
HOME COUNTRIES. REPRESENTING Turkish people have been giving. I come from,people are really punctual
SO MANY DIVERSE CULTURES AND appreciate the effort made by Turkish and here being late is normal.The food
BACKGROUNDS, IT IS REMAR- people to develop their country. I think is also different but I really enjoy it.”
KABLE TO SEE THE GROWTH OF it is people who make Turkey so spe- Nhi Dinh (Vietnam): “I really like
THIS COLLECTIVE EFFORT BY SUCH cial, they have built a big civilization.” Turkey because people here are so
Erkem Koksal (Turkey): “My friendly.When I tell them where I come
TALENTED AND CREATIVE YOUNG
impression is that Turkish people from they know exactly the city in
MINDS AS THEY STRIVE TO TELL are friendlier than people expect. Vietnam and this really impresses me.
THE STORIES THAT MATTER FROM The duality between the west and Here we can also see the mixture of
THIS LANDMARK EVENT. the east makes Turkey very special. 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 The Congress has made it possible back someone had pushed my things
for us to meet people in many diffe- away and taken my bed.”
rent ways. We have an Aile, we go to For Martin Sykes (UK), getting a room
To ensure a continuation of process around the world, I think it proves that workshops, we see each others for was easy and socializing with his roo-
begun here, a unique series of outcomes we can transform many of the stagnant regional meetings, we meet random mates has been a breeze, especially at
will live on through the different media mainstream media channels by collabo- people in the bus or while queing for the beginning of the Congress. But the
being used in this collaborative effort, rating with the press offices and media lunch. We also have roommates. This construction work that has been going
such as video, radio, photo, blog and conglomerates of the world with our was supposed to be yet another way on right outside the dormitories has
documents (all available on the virtual fresh, vibrant and well-informed youth to make it easy for us to socialize with been a serious problem. “They were
congress at virtualwyc.net or select perspectives. people from different countries. Does drilling at 10pm. I went back at one
articles on the new global youth media The team of young journalists have it really work ? o’clock in the morning and there was
platform representingyouth.com). been facilitated by an experienced For Shiba Sheikh, from India, it most a hole in the wall. A guy came through
group of media makers from around certainly does. She talks a lot with the window in the middle of the night.
THE CONGRESS TIMES... the world including: general coordina- her roomates from Morocco, Canada The drill was plugged to the socket in
tors Emre Çalışkan & Mühdan Sağlam and Turkey: “They are very sweet. We the bathroom: the wire is still there.”
(Turkey), newspaper co-ordinators share things, we coordinate waking up Apart from these niggling annoyances,
Within a day of the first meeting a great Dumitru Iovu (Moldova) & Fatih Muslu times. We talk about our families and most of the delegates share rooms
first edition was produced and in one (Turkey), video coordinator Andrei what we do at home.” The roommate with people from different countries
week the journalists worked around the Ioniţă (Romania), radio coordinator experience did not start of too well for and have had a great time in the
clock to produce four more professional Anna Morawiec (Poland), virtual con- some, especially given the confusion process.“This is a real chance to meet
editions. For me, this effort is an appro- gress coordinators Hannes Koudelka that took place during registration. new people”concludes Emilie Etienne,
priate indicator that so many young & Georg Feiner (Austria), and myself Inga Sabanova from Latvia queued from France. We might be in Istanbul,
people of today show a conscientious as a general facilitator to support the for hours without water while Nadia but in every room,you have been given
and focused intention to work together conscientious production of media at Mazzeo from Argentina was evicted the chance to experience living in a
for the greater good, regardless of the this event, Nathan Daniel Heller (South from her room! “I was in a room but I different country.
task at hand. If this is any representation Africa). had to change because when I came
of the calibre of young journalists from

Take Your Ideas Global!


Peace Journalism Workshop – By Yeuheniya Leonava, Belarus

We Deserve Better News! To tell the truth, accidently partici-


pating at Julian O’Shea’s workshop
“Take Your Ideas Global. See the World.
Change the World” turned out to be a
Aggeliki-Eleni Bitzouni and Christina Karypidou, Greece
good surprise. Participants shared their
experience and funny stories about
Nowadays, 24 hours a day, 7 days a tures of journalists,the political environ- former, called peace journalism, aims Workshop participants analysed both travelling and living abroad.
week covering characterizes the media ment, lobbies and the audience’s hopes. to explore the conflict background in styles through various games and exercises. Fir st step: find out our dream
system by promoting ‘infotainment’ A specific workshop has been held, order to raise the audience awareness They were asked to express their reactions destinations. Guys from Italy, Spain,
(information and entertainment) accor- focusing on the two different ways of on conflicts. Peace journalism is rather in case of conflict, such as compromise, Las-Vegas and New-York be ready: you
ding to the political and economical news writing, peace journalism and people-oriented and reports post- competition and force imposition. The will have a bunch of visitors this year.
interests of the media. This situation war journalism. conflict conditions such as reconstruc- discussion pointed out a general trend Then, Hawaii will be crowed, too. Is it
is the consequence of the structural While the latter is sometimes biased tion, rehabilitation and peace process towards compromise and the understan- due to their impressing stand at the
aspects of the media: the personal fea- and emphasizes emotional aspects,the implementation. ding of the concepts of the workshop. exhibition with tasty chocolates and
friendly people?
Now guess the craziest destination.
Antarctica? North Pole? No! Take it
globally…the moon! We had two volun-

Youth-led projects found a new web ally teers there, so do not be surprised if
you see the regular bus“Campus-Moon”
these days!
Julian O’Shea suggested figuring the we do not accept half-decisions, we
By Liza Smith, South Africa political and geographical ideal world believe in change!
map.Would you prefer a world divided About the Congress, Julian O’Shea
A new interactive and useful website to help your plans become a reality. into different countries or just a world answered: “I believe that this is great
propose and find assistance for develop- Mr. Roeder offered workshops at the without borders? The question was a and I personally gained a lot of new
ment projects was launched six weeks Congress about the benefits of social bit tricky but we reached a common experience here, I am sure it is an ideal
ago in Germany. Develop 2.0 is a new media for youth-led development pro- conclusion: we are all human beings, place to build new connection which
platform created by a non-profit organi- jects and also explained the potential equal but culturally different.Let’s think can help in implementing projects and
zation,Develop 2.0 e.V,and is an initiative social media has to globalize develop- about the slogan “Unity is in Diversity”. ideas with other people’s help”.
that has been years in the making. ment. Social media is an important tool We are different but so similar.Together Listen to this short funny story by an
Mr. Rick Roeder, President of the pro- in both empowering and mobilizing the we can do a lot, let’s start acting! Indian delegate: it can help you to
ject, is excited to see the results of the youth to create new ideas and encou- It is impressing how many different learn something more about Turkey.
website and what it can do for the world: rages them to work together – or as the projects the activists have here, how All of you know Indira Gandhi who
“Develop 2.0 offers the opportunity for tagline word of the event says:‘imece’. creative and innovative they are. For was the Indian Prime Minister.There is
young people from across the globe to Develop 2.0 is looking for projects led instance, two participants are working an expression in Turkish which sounds
engage with each other and to partner by delegates from the 5th World Youth as volunteers with teenagers,improving actually the same “indiregandi” but it
up in developing the world around Congress and Roeder encourages all their social skills, preventing them means “to steal something”. So, dele-
them,” he said. Simply upload your pro- delegates to upload their projects and from being involved in illegal actions gates from India, please be careful,
ject or proposal for a new project and profiles. or falling into drugs or alcohol abuse. because your possible political talks
students from German high schools or For more information visit: People here should be an example for may seem suspicious for the local
colleges will become your partners and www.develop2.org the rest of the world.We are young and people!
No 5, Istanbul, Thursday, August 12, 2010 3

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

We Romanians have outstanding that genies,pixies,people with paranor- of a military parade. What an image.
records. Although cell biology, the mal abilities and even Lord Voldemort When the great deluge came to visit
Coanda effect, cybernetics, the all fought together at the front line of last month - this greets us every year
Procopiu magneton or the disco- Basescu`s re-election as President. In – one thousand eight hundred and
very of insulin do not generally a matter of days, the newly reinstated seventy homes along with one thou-
ring a bell, many would agree that President announced that pensions, sand nine hundred hectares of forest
Count Dracula would definitely which are 150 Euro on average, will be were laid to waste.
jolt your memory with thoughts of cut by 15% and wages by 25%. But no fear! Help was on its way.
Romania. The same goes for John This was almost as shocking as the The best way to summarize this at the
Dillinger, the beloved bank robber incident with the purple socks, particu- time was, perhaps, a headline in The
of the 1930s, whose reputable larly because Basescu had repeated Telegraph:”Flood victims given high-
better half, Ana Cumpanas, finge- throughout the election campaign heeled shoes”.
red him to the FBI. that there were no problems with the Confused? Allow me to explain. This
These days however people tend to economy. He insisted that those who particular jollity involved Elena Udrea.
overlook Romania as a just another dull maintain such a thing were being paid She is one of the very few prominent
eastern European nation. Nonetheless, by the moguls and that, conversely, we female figures in Romanian politics –
I can assure you that we remain truly were actually on the verge of cornu- perhaps the sole figure since the 1980s
fascinating. copia. when comrade Elena (Ceausescu)
This summer for example we have Out of the blue (or should I say had blessed the people with her much
witnessed black magic being perfor- purple), the GDP fell by 7.7%. The envied and uncontested administrative
med against the Presidential candidate, government went to bed contemplating skills.
wages being cut by a quarter, flooded economic growth and woke up in the The new Elena is blonde and has
orphans on high heels and tyrants middle of a recession. posed in bikinis for a magazine shoot.
exhumed for a role call. With terrorist concerns and the possi- Have I mentioned that she is also the
We have been having quite a time.Yet bility of attacks by other envious nations Minister of Tourism? And this time her
it makes me wonder - why the seemingly fresh on his mind,Traian Basescu swiftly administrative skills compelled her to
farcical mess? edited the National Defense Strategy, act especially after the floods.Mrs Elena
Perhaps I should present myself ultimately identifying the press as the Udrea called for her limousine driver
before the youth delegates of the 5th root of all evil. and hurried to comfort those affected
World Youth Congress. Just as dainty The Supreme Defense Council agreed with bags of chocolates and one filled
rays of sun announced the middle of that ”media campaigns that denigrate with high heeled shoes. These were
May we were analyzing the occult forces state institutions”are a threat to national aptly described by liberal democrat
of Basescu`s purple ties and socks security and therefore oppose the law. deputy Mihai Banu as ”very good for
which attacked social democrat Mircea As the ”transgressors” from France 24 a party.“ where he berated them for not blea- sescu and his wife, shot 21 years ago, request.
Geoana with negative energy during the observed, one can no longer accurately One might suppose that these events ching the walls of their (former) houses. have been exhumed for identity tests. Delegates of the 5th World Youth
televised presidential debates. Conclu- speak of freedom of press in Romania. are sufficient to keep us occupied. Mind So here I am, August 2010, switching Their daughter, Zoia, requested for this Congress, this is only one example of a
sively, he lost. Personally,I absolutely loved the way the you, I left out the President`s trip to the the TV on to see what`s next. Former to happen 15 years ago, but only now cry for change. And we young people
But as you will see, it was no wonder French portrayed Basescu in the middle flood victims of the destroyed villages, communist dictator Nicolae Ceau- has the court decided to approve her can make this change!

Middle East Discussions: Who Sets the Agenda?


IMPRINT

I WAS THINKING ABOUT THE General Media Coordinator


Cemil Yücel
PROBLEMS WE HAVE IN THE Editors
MIDDLE EAST AND HOW Irina Shuvalova, Russia
Maria Kouchma, Russia
THESE PROBLEMS ARE PER- Cecile Guezennec, France
CEIVED IN THE WEST. Nicoletta Gomiero, Italy
Gülferem Ölçüm, Germany
Kartik Das, Singapore
David Hiss, Germany
By Ahmed Omar Afifi, Egypt Elena Roda, Italy
Emre Çalışkan, Türkiye

Mühtan Sağlam Türkiye


Robert Schmidt, Germany
Ellie Harvey, Australia
During the Middle East regional mee- Layout
tings at the congress, we have discussed Dumitru Iovu, Moldova
many issues that significantly affect Photographers
our countries and if addressed, would Hassan Zamani, Morocco
Nathan Daniel Heller, South Africa
greatly improve conditions back home. Jonas Eriksson, Sweden
We selected education and youth empo-
Photo Editor
werment as the most important problems Nathan Daniel Heller, South Africa
to be addressed as we consider them to representingyouth.com
be the backbone for the change that we Facilitators
need. Dumitru Iovu, Moldova
Emre Çalışkan, Turkey
Somebody was wondering why we Fatih Muslu, Turkey
did not discuss security issues. Some Mühtan Sağlam, Turkey
of the Western states accuse certain For more articles and media go to:
Arabic countries of being strongholds www.virtualwyc.net
for terrorism,pretending not to see what
is happening within their own borders. All the pictures of action projects were
supplied by the participants.
But don’t we all agree that that terrorism
exists in many regions far beyond the All articles do not necessarily repre-
sent the opinions of the magazine.
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, POWERED BY:
believe it and then try to defend oursel-
ves 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 EUROPEAN YOUTH PRESS
see the real you. E u r o p e a n Yo u t h P r e s s i s
Thus, in my opinion, we should totally an umbrella association of
young journalists in Europe.
ignore any terrorism-related allegations, It involves more than 50,000
move on and work on the serious journalists working for university
magazines, Internet projects,
problems that our countries face. We radio and video productions,
should let people see the truth by our or are interns in editor-rooms,
normal way of life, our actions and our freelance journalists, journalism
students or trainees. With print
communications. magazines or Blogs, PodCasts
That is what we, the Arab youth, deci- and V-Casts, the association wants
to give young media makers from
ded for ourselves and our countries.We all over Europe the opportunity
should not let others dictate what our to cooperate directly with each
other. Above all, the aim of all
problems are.We are aware that security member associations and the
and human rights also need our atten- umbrella structure is to inspire
tion. But we know our priorities and we yo u n g p e o p l e t o d e a l w i t h
media and take an active part
do not have to follow Western concerns. in society by fostering objective
We are in charge here. and independent journalism.

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Photo by Ze‘ev Yanay.


4 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 infor-
mation 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 Mil-
lennium Development Goals (MDGs),

WEST
Sustainable Development, Security,
Poverty, Education and Gender issues.
Delegates addressed the problems
and tried to find solutions of the issues

AFRICA
faced by their countries. Noufuel, a
participant from Morocco,proposed an
idea in order to support social entrepre-
neurship and innovation in the Middle
East and North African region.

ON THE
“Creating an Arab development fund
will definitely help improve the quality
of work and reduce the unemployment

MARCH…
rate in the region,“ Noufuel said. Stating issues to be discussed. “They should
that health care should be generalized have chance to study abroad before
not only for children but also for elder being educators to enhance their
people, he added that “good examples experience. Moreover, they should
should be implemented by all local work during and after their studies to
governments.” be updated,“ she noted.
By Muhammad Tahir Hassan, Nigeria Recalling that young people speak Saying that they need to care more
out for their rights from the governments about technology respecting culture
without any boundaries, Egyptian dele- of Arab societies in preventing to loose
gate Mohammed Kamel emphasized time during the adaptation period,“We
WHEN THE CHANCE CAME OUT FOR ME TO TAKE PART IN that Arab young people are strongly have to choose technology and ideas
THE WORLD YOUTH CONGRESS, I KNEW THAT I HAD TO motivated to talk about their problems, which are suitable for our values and
GRAB THIS OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE THE needs and rights. culture,” she said.
FUTURE STARTS. I HAD IN MIND THAT HERE I WAS GOING Referring to his own experience,“We “Education through technology,
did a lot of interesting work by being including mobile phones, should cover
TO GET INSPIRATION TO SPREAD MY WINGS AND SOAR well-organized at the governmental and everyone in order to provide better life
ABOVE THE WORLD. civil society level,” he mentioned. conditions.”
“NGO‘s should play an important role Ilhami Khaled, a Lebanese partici-
in the education system with some pro- pant, suggested a project on mediation,
Thus, I arrived in Istanbul with high Desire’s work in Ouagadougou is grams such as introducing technologies conflict prevention and resolution
expectations and I must say that so aimed at encouraging young people for society and helping young people which may help to educate in order
far I am fully satisfied wıth how the to attend school classes. He even get access to all the information they to act as mediators themselves in their
event is going on. takes his time to go from house to need,” he said, adding that the govern- own communities, becoming stronger
I come from Africa, a continent house to teach kids! Isn’t that great? ments should also set policies to give and more eligible.
stereotyped to be an abode for bad Muhammad from Ghana is a wise equal chances for all people. International Peace Child and
governance, corruption, HIV/Aids man. He understands the power of Jana Bou Reslan, a Lebanese dele- UNICEF representatives supported the
and other diseases, unemployment the media and uses the Radio Gold gate, said that education and the way regional meeting with their feedbacks,
and lack of basic needs of life stan- Accra to enhance the role of youth in of training teachers are very important suggestions and project ideas.
dards. This could be true to a large his country. His brother form Ghana
extent but I have a good news for all has been running his organization
of you. The future of this continent for four years and he wants to build
is bright. Tomorrow brings hope and a school in the next two years to
I can see the light at the end of the ensure the early enrolment of kids

A new age for the Balkan youth


tunnel. form Northern Ghana into schools.
Before coming to Istanbul, the con- While others are focused on child
stant question ringing in my mind was education,Abbase from Togo is parti-
‘when are we getting there?’Then, the cularly involved with elderly people.
first regional meeting for West African He believes that it is never too late By Nikola Skondric, Serbia
delegates changed my whole percep- for them to be literate. Thus, part of
tion and I have found an answer to his project is to lead adult education
my question. in his community, whereas tackling IN FEBRUARY 2008, THE tries: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia
The meeting was an eye opener poverty through childhood educa- and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Mace-
PARLIAMENT OF KOSOVO
and I hope that all of you attended tion is the dream and project of my donia, Albania, Bulgaria and Romania.
them because it was like a blow of brother Amadou from Senegal.
(SERBIA‘S SOUTHERN PRO- Greece and Turkey are not considered
fresh air that we all strongly need.The Boully Galissa is also Senegalese VINCE WITH AN ETHNIC ALBA- as a part of the Balkan region, in the
meeting has made me clear my throat and is a student coordinator. Most lea- NIAN MAJORITY) DECLARED political and economical sense of the
singing out the song of the future. It ders prefer to use aggressive method ITS INDEPENDENCE. THE REAC- term, although they are formally in
made me look inside my mind again to make their cases, Boully is trying to TIONS FROM THE INTERNATIO- the Balkan Peninsula, and Moldova is
and believe that West African youth change the status quo. His project is NAL COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN sometimes included in this region. The
is taking over the continent and the championing a civil and better way Balkan region has always been a politi-
world at large. for students to protest! You can say he
DIVERSE. SERBIA REGARDS cal and economical hotspot in Europe,
If education is the key to success in is a peacemaker.
KOSOVO AS AN AUTONOMOUS especially during the last decade of the
life, then I can say that we are beco- Let me wrap this up by telling you PROVINCE OF ITS OWN, UNDER 20th century. Today, it seems that the
ming a successful story because the about my project in Nigeria. My own THE EU MISSION GOVERNANCE conflicts belong to the past. The region
majority of the projects ran by West project is aimed at grooming the THERE, AND SO FAR HAS is facing new challenges in terms of
African delegates has to do with edu- leader’s tomorrow. I care about the DISPUTED ITS SELF-DECLARED economic transition and transforma-
cation! Even though the projects have future and believe that if you work INDEPENDENCE. tion and establishing a market economy,
similar themes, the approaches and with youngsters and instil in their as well as the EU accession.
implementation methods differ. For psyche that they can change the WYC in Turkey is a great way for the
instance, consider the noble project world, equiping them with all the The Balkan region is located in South- youth of the Balkans to meet each
of Babalola Oningbudo from Nigeria skills and information needed, then Eastern Europe. It got its name from other and exchange ideas on how to of other regions in the world. and economical events. This Congress
which focuses on providing books at you can go to sleep with your eyes a Turkish word meaning ‘the chain of enforce changes in their countries and In the post-conflict era of the 21st cen- and other conferences in the Balkans
barbershops and other public places closed because tomorrow will be wooded mountains’ and refers to the the region on the whole, in every area tury, it is really important for the youth of will hopefully expand the cooperation
for people to be read in waiting better than today! actual chain of mountains located in of life where it is possible. It is also the this region to connect to their neighbou- among the youth of the Balkans and
rooms. He runs also a neighbourhood West Africa is on the rise ladies and the center of the Balkan Peninsula. The way for the youth of the Balkans to be ring and non-neighbouring countries, ensure the new future for this formerly
bookshop. gentlemen.Watch us rise with the sun! Balkan region consists of several coun- introduced to the beauties and issues to overcome obstacles set by political troubled region.
No 5, Istanbul, Thursday, August 12, 2010 5

ACTION
PROJECTS
6 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 dolu Lısesı) and opening local parks
people who spend their days working (Bosna Park), the funds are directed
tirelessly in preparing and packing solely to improving the lives of the
items so that someone somewhere in diverse community that resides there.
their area can live more comfortably. Water, roads, education and recreation
At the 5th World Youth Congress (WYC), all come under the responsibility of
the theme of ‚Imece‘, or joint action, has this municipality, which over the past
been repeated on several occasions years has come to be recognized as
but only now has it been exemplified the model to be emulated in Istanbul.
through a real life scenario. The challenge that congresses such
Those in need have to fill out an as this one face is that youth often lose
application form that requires details themselves in the complexities of the
about income, health conditions, and follow up projects. In an global envi-
family, after which they are subject to a ronment where youth‘s family values
visit from the municipality which veri- are said to be diminishing in the rise
fies their financial status. Testimonials of an individualistic approach geared
from neighbours are also taken into towards financial prosperity, this pro-
consideration as part of the application ject is a heartwarming reminder that
process. Once the applicant is deemed family is unequivocally important. The
‚needy‘,the relevant items are mailed to concept of a larger Aile is something
their home address every three months. that communities worldwide need to
From new winter clothes and stationery adopt. It is a perfectly simple and fea-
for children, to setting up tents and pro- sible mechanism that will allow those
viding food for when the fast is broken in need to get the aid they require. The
during Ramazan, the concept of Imece extravagant budget aside, the concept
is generously backed up with financial of taking the effort to coordinate and
muscle. sustain a simple donation bazaar for
With the municipality operating a the community is something one must
yearly budget of US$100 million, the refuse to let pass by without accolade.
Hayir Casiri is just one of the many pro- So if you have embraced the concept
jects that they run to sustain the region of Imece,take this as inspiration and try
of Pendik. From setting up a regional to better the lives of your extended Aile,
library (Pendık Beledıyesı Kemal Tahır regardless of language, race or religion.
Kütüphanesı) to maintaining school Remember this – if a society is to
buildings (Kırımılı Fazılet Olcay Ana- prosper, it must prosper as one.

Action Projects:
Istanbul Action PAST By Curro Martino, Germany
Activism or Photoshooting?
By David Hiss, Germany

Imece.For some people it is a random from India,“ but it was a good thing as
word with no meaning, for others it four days would not be enough for an
makes life easier and for the attendees effective project. I think it was a good
My way leads me to Hagia Sophia of the 5th World youth congress it is the oportunity to meet people and we had
- church of the Holy Wisdom. For one main topic; an idea of joint action and an exceptionally good group leader. For
thousand years this church has been the communal volunteering. An idea that three days we got all that we can get.”
most influential centre of eastern Chris- they are supposed to bring back to their However some participants had
tianity. - Built with marble stones from respective countries. A few days ago another point of view.“We did not do
all over the ancient Roman Empire - just these delgates departed to partake in 24 anything useful and in the end we pro-
before its fall - it preserved the atmos- different action projects all over Turkey. duced more trash than we could clean
phere of the antique world and wisdom Now that they are back it is time to gather up.Our action was no real action but still
- Sofia - all through the middle age.Today, opinions. they took a lot of pictures. I feel we were
most Christian mosaics are gone; crosses Talking to the participants,two general more models than activists”,said Beatriz
are replaced by Islamic ornaments.With tendencies become clear. Some dele- from Portugal. Even though Stephanie
the Turkish invasion of Constantinople gates feel that the local communities from Mexico enjoyed the way her Aile
in the 15th century, the antique wisdom took very good care of them and enabled was received, she also was critical of
reached northern Italy: the start of the them to master the concept of‘Imece’.Yet the event.“We did not really do anything
Renaissance. A giant Seraph still looks other, more critical voices were raised. for the community but still they took
down from the ceiling.- Where was the ‘real’ action? Did their pictures of us.With an action project you
The sun became the centre of the effort really change something in the can really have more of an impact than
world. European powers conquered community or was it merely an oppor- being together with a lot of important
the whole globe and installed huge tunity to take nice pictures of youth at politicians.”
empires. A global economy started to work that was seemed more for show These are very different opinions on
emerge.- The ancient order of society than anything else? action projects that were rather similar
was no longer accepted and finally “We visited beautiful places and could in nature. However, Spud from the US
The Istanbul Action Plan is one tangible global challenges, added by concrete abstract. They show symbolic images, overthrown.National states were formed see a lot of the local cultures, museums shared a few of his insights on the topic.
outcome of the World Youth Congress suggestions for action, followed by a list telling a forgotten story.- and the individual - capable of thinking and different towns.It was very well orga- “I think the problem arose from different
2010. of concrete initiatives which participants Three snakes - woven into a spiraling independently - was proclaimed as the nized”, says Kadri from Estonia. Other expectations.It would have been a good
It contains thoughts and suggestions of the congress are just about to start. upright copper pillar - stand next to the new sovereign.- After long struggles and delegates like Lim from Cambodia were idea to have a starting event, so people
concerning the „Millennium Develop- It is Sunday, the eighth of August, I am obelisk. Their heads are missing. The with the help of technological innova- similarly enthusiastic as he commented would understand beforehands what the
ment Goals“ which were set up by the sitting next to the Blue Mosque on the origin of the sculpture is Ephesus - the tion old Europe succeeded in destroying that “The program was really nice. We projects would be like.”
United Nations in the year 2000.It reflects old hippodrome - the ancient horse old Greek mystery center of the „Logos“ itself in two disastrous wars, the answer: did not only want to engage in action One can share both feelings. On the
the processes that took place during this running arena. My eyes are wandering - the cradle of philosophy.The statue was The United Nations. - After that: the cold projects but also get to know their culture. one hand delegates were truly embraced
year’s summit aiming to „express the up and down the old Egyptian obelisk erected in 400 B.C.when Byzantium was war, the fall of the Berlin wall. They included everything.We worked by Turkish hospitality and most families
voice of the youth“. - a huge piece of marble stone, in the founded. Later, Jesus‘ mother Mary died And finally,by the end of the twentieth together at the seaside. Alone we could grew very close together. It can, however
In order to mobilize „material and sharp shape of a clear crystal - pointing in Ephesus and nearby the „Apocalypse century: the rise of a global civil society never have collected all this rubbish but seriously be questioned as to whether
institutional support“ for „youth-led to the sky.The Hieroglyphs - which were of St. Jon“ was written. I walk around it, movement starting to unite beyond eco- together it works!” Imece at work was a there might have been other intentions
development projects“ and to enhance carefully carved into its surface - are following the snakes with my attention - a nomic interest and national boundaries. joy to behold. behind organizing these events, some-
further discussions on social change thousands (millenniums) of years old. slow and silent movement of constant The past of humanity is our past, what is Most however were left dissatisfied thing perhaps more sinister than simply
it highlights several key focus areas of They look perfect, exact, clean and transformation.- our future? with the extent of the action.“It was not helping the delegates understand the
much of an action”, sais Harshavadhan concept Imece.
No 5, Istanbul, Thursday, August 12, 2010 7

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

TheYalicapkini Aile was ready for their as blue as a sea. People of all ages use it the beginning which was apparent by women in colorful national dresses and others how to dance tango.Ghassan from
Action Project.The journey brought us to for fishing, swimming and relaxing. It is the way they were staring at us. This irri- men drinking tea, or chay, from special Lebanon sang Arabic songs. Uljana from
beautiful Iznik, which has its historical therefore not just an economical source tation however soon turned into interest thin glasses put on little plates.The habit Ukraine and Christian from Puerto Rico
roots in the Roman Empire. It has a great but also a recreational destination for the and even support. “We are ashamed of of drinking chay is an occurrence that initiated playing interesting games. And
value for Christian history as part of the local community. However the beautiful ourselves“commented one elderly lady requires no special time or occasion. our Aile leader Alper arranged a Turkish
former Nicaea and Ottoman Empire. landscape is being destroyed by the car- at the beach. Others were grateful for our They drink it everywhere and all the time: dinner for us where we danced to live
Moreover it preserved a significant elessness of the people who throw their work and were prepared to change their not just while at a café, but even during Turkish music.
amount of architectural monuments garbage into the lake and on the beach. attitude towards environment. Children money transactions at the bank. Before our departure we had a meeting
such as the ruins of the Roman Theatre, We were invited by the Iznik muni- were happy and began helping us enthu- During our free time we had the chance with the vice mayors of Iznik. In this ses-
museums in a former Hamam and Hagia cipality to the local newspaper “Yerel siastically and we enjoyed collecting the to get to know our family members better. sion we were asked to make useful sugge-
Sophia, which was a church before the Gündem” and e-genclik Association.The garbage. From strangers we became close friends. stions on improving city and community
Ottomans and later became a mosque. task of the Yalicapkini Aile was to clean The heat was terrible, but actually It should be pointed out that during the life.At first we stressed the importance of
The wall of Iznik had four gates of which the beach. Can you imagine cleaning a we did not have to work for a very long sessions of informal communication we educating people and providing them
three were preserved.Another living fact beach which is constantly being polluted time. To be honest, we worked two days got nearly no information about professi- with more bins. Moreover we suggested
of historical and cultural heritage is the by the visitors? It is like eternal rolling the just for a couple of hours, and very few onal skills and achievements of our new that more care should be taken when
ceramic art of this place,which is famous stone as Sisyphus! So the main aim was people wished to make more than was “relatives”. The same could be said for it comes to preserving sites of historical
all over the world and adored by the to set an example for local communities demanded.We were treated to an exten- the other Congress’s workshops which heritage and use the places as cultural
citizens of Iznik and Turkey. with a display of action and through ded vacation of sorts.We had accommo- were not organized properly. But we had venues.
On our arrival to Iznik we were taken feedback in the local newspaper. dation in front of the lake and had the a great opportunity to compare ways All in all our family members were
by local journalists on a sightseeing tour People in such places are mostly opportunity to swim a lot,to walk around of life, which appeared to be nearly the pleased with this kind of Action Project.
of the city. The city is located along the affected by those who come from the and observe life as it is.We saw big fami- same, and different personal characters. We had the chance to get an impression
amazing Lake of Iznik, which is surroun- capital city or other countries. That is lies coming with food cooked at home, We also engaged in a cultural exchange of a typical Turkish countryside and a
ded by many diverse little villages. The why our help was supposed to be useful. with a great variety of items ranging from of languages, music and cultural back- glimpse into the lives of the people who
lake itself is not ordinary.It is as large and So, visitors of the beach were irritated at samovars to chairs and carpets.We saw grounds. Mika from Argentina taught the call it home.

The Fun Project – Alors on Danse!


By Robert Schmidt, Germany

Imagine a white boat in the Marmara cracy to Turkey. It is impossible to stay a music therapy of disabled children
Sea.Party music is playing and 20 young in Turkey without observing his picture and met with local authorities in Istan-
and attractive people are dancing on at least once a day. bul. On the last day,we cleaned a picnic
the deck. What is it? Shooting for a After the tour, we took a boat trip site and played sack race.
commercial? No. This is an action of along the Istanbul coast. We danced In general, our family used to dance
the Aspendos family! Our favorite song and screamed for three hours, and and sing all day and all night long: on
during the project was Alors on Danse then most of us took a bath in the sea. the campus, on the boat, in busses, in
(Let’s dance) by Stromae. The family’s We were glad to have so many Turks in front of busses, at discos, in schools,
report will show that even if our project our family as they told us about Turkish in pedestrian areas and in shopping
started with nothing but fun,we had still traditions like Ramadan. centers.
work to do. On the second day, we were working During the Action Project,we learned
Friday morning started with guided at an archeological site. We visited a lot about Turkey and our family mem-
tour to the Ministry of Youth and schools, universities and a local theatre, bers’ cultures.
Atatürk’s house. Everyone knows Ata- where we learned a Turkish dance and Let us continue integration. Alors on
türk as the person who brought demo- how to play the drums.We also attended 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 com-
munity 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 the delegates were introduced to the later visited. This youth center does The Action project in Düzce was a properly introduced to the community a great city and the WYC delegates will
painting, jewelery, a simple ceramic life in rural areas of the Düzce commu- an amazing job in organizing courses nice way to introduce the delegates in just 4 days.This action project was a remember the time they spent there
decoration. For the less artistically nity, where they were warmly accepted. of interest for young people and rai- to a small community, its richness and really great opportunity to make new with great joy. Thank you Düzce, thank
inclined, they were able to see how car- The delegates also had a chance to be sing awareness on the topics that are its most important issues.The program friends, experience new things and to you Turkey!
pets were being made. With hazelnut informed of the activities conducted important both to them and society was rich and filled with many different be witness to the beauty of the Turkish
collecting and tree-planting activities, at the local youth center, which they on the whole. activities so that the participants can seaside. Düzce will be remembered as
8 No 5, Istanbul, Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Van Gölü Paint Job By Maria Kuchma, Russia

Paint rollers distributed. Pictures and from the secondary school,praising our
Atatürk’s photos off the walls. The pain- children,“ he says.
ting begins. We are at a primary school He adds that many of his former
in a hilly village located 20 minutes pupils have graduated from universities
from the Black Sea city of Samsun. We and became lawyers, doctors, agricul-
are here to make the 25 children study- ture specialists and of course, teachers.
ing here a bit happier when they return “Unfortunately, we are short of space,
to school after their summer holidays. and children from different forms are
The single story school building,cove- forced to have their classes in the same
red with tiles, has only three classrooms, classroom at the same time,” he says.
a director’s cabinet and a teacher’s Aya Sato, student and social activist
room. Twenty-five WYC volunteer dele- from Japan, says she likes her Action
gates have two days to paint the school’s Project.
interior and exterior and sort out the “What I feel is that we are really
mess in the nearby garden. helping people,” she says. “The work
Cows grazing around the school we are doing here is a good example
stare at people with brushes and rakes, of interaction with local communities.”
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
ANNE LEMIEUX FROM
CANADA:
people fill big black bags with flaccid “BEFORE LEAVING ISTANBUL,
leaves and grass. I HAD NO EXPECTATIONS ON
The painting team is working nearby, OUR TRIP TO SAMSUN. IN
doing their best to make the school’s THE END I ENJOYED IT A LOT.
ecliptic walls brighter. Making straight I FELT USEFUL PAINTING THE
the line between the upper white part of PRIMARY SCHOOL WITH OUR
the walls and the lower terracotta part is
FAMILY MEMBERS AND LOCAL
PEOPLE. THE FIRST DAY WAS
not an easy job,but a ruler and a scotch A LITTLE BIT CHAOTIC BUT
tape make all the difference. WE MANAGED TO ORGANIZE
“I don’t mind if I get dirty. I feel natu- OURSELVES, AND THE SECOND
ral,” says Ivana from Macedonia, whose DAY WAS MUCH MORE PRO-
face, hair and clothes are spotted with DUCTIVE. I ALSO APPRECIATED
paint. ALL THE WORK DONE BY THE
Atanur Sarioglu, the school’s director, ORGANIZERS IN SAMSUN
is also here to supervise the restoration.
TO MAKE US ENJOY OUR
STAY. GENERALLY SPEAKING,
We ask him to tell us about his pupils. I LOVED MY EXPERIENCE
“Our advantage is that we have only AND I AM REALLY HAPPY TO
a few children, so we can look after HAVE LIVED IT WITH MY NEW
them one by one. They are studying FAMILY.”
quite well, and teachers often call me

İzmir: Intersection of History,


Beauty and Tolerance By Çiğdem Erdal, Turkey

The action Project started with a making wine barrels and copper stuff. places are in Selçuk, an Izmir town. Library, was used both as a library and
beautiful scene of İzmir. The city was Things were getting more interesting Meryemana, or Virgin Mary’s House, is a tomb. It was turned into a tomb after
lying in front of participants, near the when, the following day, the group believed as the place where Mary spent the death of the governor of Ephesus,
Aegean Sea. Today İzmir is known as visited a Kazakh tent in Kemalpaşa her last days with St. Jean (Yuhanna). Celsus, by his son. The other buildings
one of the most popular destinations and tasted the “Kımız”, a traditional In the past, Meryemana was visited include Artemis Temple, Meryemana
thank to its port, the Alsancak, impor- drink, made of horse milk and then by some of the popes: it is possible to House, Ashab-ı Kehf, and Isa Mosque.
tant for both importing and exporting, fermented.A wise old Kazakh man told see some of their personal stuff inside. Finally, when the action Project day
many historical places like Ephesus, that Kazakh tents have got the spirit of There is a small Byzantium church came,the group found itself on a shore
Kemeraltı Open Bazaar, as well as the family: all the people, women and within the ruins. It was a real big expe- of Çeşme, the most famous holiday
many museums, indicating that the men, old and young gather under the rience for Christian activists such that destination of İzmir, to clean up some
city witnessed so many important tent for celebrations, anniversaries, as this house is holy for them. part of the shore off trashes. With a
developments throughout the history. well as for important decisions. After leaving Meryemana, the group good teamwork, the shore, at least a
The Lale Family on the first day The workshop on carpet weaving reaches the ancient city of Efes. Efes, 3 little part, became more clean. The
visited the historical Kemeraltı Open was totally a new experience for most km far from the town Selçuk, is lying trashes became a kind of link between
Bazaar, one of the most famous places of the group where some of them also on a very wide region, of which the all the members of the group. None
in Izmir, built in the XVII century. The tried to tie the knots.There the activists construction goes back to 6000, B.C. of them got tired, none of them got
Bazaar lies behind the Clock Tower, experienced how traditional crafts can Since it was moved so many times thirsty or hungry because, in the end,
built by a German architect who built be so beautiful as well as being chal- during the history, the ruins are sprea- everyone was thinking the same: the
the German Embassy,as well.The tower lenging.This, you can understand after ding on almost 8 km-wide-area. The world is a liveable place only if people
is 25 m tall, it is surrounded by four hearing the price of a very valuable ruins,namely Ayasuluk Hill,Artemision, make it liveable. This was the end of a
fountains and its columns are inspired carpet: 150 thousand $! Ephesus and Selçuk are visited by trip, full of fun with the team spirit, let’s
by Northern African themes.After spa- The following day the family visited almost 1,5 million people every year. call it a real “imece”!
ring some time in shopping, the group Meryemana House and Efes, in the One of the most beautiful construc-
visited some traditional craft masters southern part of İzmir. These ancient tions of the Roman period, the Celcus

The Black Sea Aile


By Cecile Guezennec, France

The Karadeniz family bore her name very nice to work on such a location,
well and spent the weekend near the a cobblestone beach with transparent
Black Sea, on the north coast of Turkey. water during a sunny day. But somehow,
The bus was supposed to take eight the beauty of Inebolu is not enough to
hours to get there. On departure day, convince people to protect it. It was
we were happy to learn that it would covered in papers and cigarette butts,
be “only” take five hours: we had a bus especially near a little restaurant just
with some supernatural powers... but it above the beach. Cleaning the beach is
turned out to be an eleven-hours trip ! only efficient on a short-term period, if
It was well worth it: our destinatıon, the habits do not change. On the plus side,
town of Kastamonu, lies in a mountai- we all worked together, as an Aile. This
nous area covered in forest, wild and would have been ‘imece’ if some people
beautiful. After a week in Istanbul, this on the beach or at the restaurant had
was a completely different Turkey. joined us.The last day,we met the mayor
The first day felt like a summer of Kastamonu. He asked us how was
camp: we hiked to a canyon, then to a our stay and what we thought of his city.
waterfall. For some in the Aile, this was Amanda Hachey from Canada pointed
a first try at hiking; as a reward for all out the lack of a good recycling system
this walking in the sun we swam in the in Kastamonu.The mayor answered that
cold water of the waterfall. The second a plan was being made, to be ready in
day was beach day. Our action project a year. So habits are changing on the
was to clean the beach of Inebolu.It was Karadeniz coast.
No 5, Istanbul, Thursday, August 12, 2010 9

The Doubtful Essence of Eskişehir Action Project


By Febi Purnamasari, Indonesia

ALMOST ALL AILE OF THE Rest hours of the four days were mostly Ayran’s experience in Eskişehir, from fun American Samoa would be better if we had the chance to ment for us. I do not say that we should
CONGRESS WENT OUT FROM for additional activities such as sightsee- activities to the serious ones such as the „I would have liked to do work for integrate and interact with many people.” not have fun but we should have done
ing, recreation (including shopping), or action projects. They were there taking Eskişehir community. We worked for a Josephine Barbi M. Balilia, Philippines serious actions. We are here to make a
ISTANBUL FOR ONE MAIN visits to some local organizations like the pictures and video while the participants total two hours which in my opinion “We were basically forced to pose for change. But all what they care about is
PURPOSE: THE ACTION PRO- youth center and agricultural institution. were planting the trees, working at the is not enough to make a change in cameras and media in general. So, it how they look like in front of the govern-
JECTS. HOWEVER, SOME For the action projects, the participants construction field, collecting trashes, Eskişehir community or to change looked like we were doing something. ment and the press.” Hagar Omar, Egypt
PARTICIPANTS DOUBTED were really helped and assisted.Though having meals,and doing other additional myself. I wish the work was not only for Most of the planned activities were not “Action projects were very cool. We
THE ESSENCE THEY HAVE they had had guidance at the beginning, activities. the pictures.“Edenne Fournier, Quebec, done because it was ‘too hot’ and the discovered new amazing places, did a
HAD FROM THAT PROGRAM. they still needed hands from the local Canada ones that we performed were very short, social work… It was a chance to know
PEOPLE FROM THIS GROUP people. Moreover, the action projects HONEST OPINIONS „Action project is symbolic rather than meaningless, and insufficient. Today each other more and more. I will miss
seemed to give chances for participants practical. For example,the planting trees (9/8), we were given plastic bags and these days.”Aamer Ibraheem, Syria
ARE THE EXAMPLE. to try ‘new’things rather than to help with Due to the various expectations and project. There were already gardeners plastic gloves to ‘pick up trash’ for under “The action project turned out to be
their own hands. Like during the trees commentaries among Ayran people around with shovels so that it was not 10 minutes while media took pictures of unexpected just like this whole congress.
Ayran family traveled six hours from planting project, most of the participants about the action projects, the Congress a long term or sustainable project. Field us ‘working’. We generated more trash The planning was easier and the orga-
Istanbul to Eskişehir with various expec- did not dig the ground strongly enough Times provides a space for them to speak work was just video modeling.I expected and polluted more the area by the 42 nization went smoother even if it was
tations. Some participants hoped to help and they preferred to ask the local up more. Hope they could be useful us to work with local NGOs and to help gloves used and 21 plastic bags. Even communicated to the participant only
the local people by doing real actions people to do such thing. Also, during input for the next two year congress. Let’s the people with their activities.”Jia Jun though I tried my best to help, we were sometimes. The people in the planning
while others just wanted to have more the constructing projects, they only had hear their opinions! Lee, Malaysia taken sightseeing twiıce as much as we of this event are people with big souls
fun. The result was that they had a com- around fifteen minutes to TRY each work. „The action projects have been very “Even though we were lost for most of the were taken to action projects. Terrible and beautiful smiles. As for the work,
bination of both.In a day the participants It means they left the work before it was useful in engaging us (the delegates) to time and we kept ‘changing’ our plans, it experience but great people (delegates) we could have been ‘exploited’ some
had an average three hours for action totally finished. build relationships with the local people. was a pleasure to explore the pretty city. and Eskişehir.” Oswaldo Gomez, Mexico more, although nobody really minded
projects.They were planting the trees at a The action projects have also been The action projects were very interesting. “Great team work, small groups division us visiting and touring around.As for the
park,working at a construction field,and ESKIŞEHIR’S NEW utilized in ways of showing the local However, they would have been better if was good idea. Good organization and team, we slowly discovered each other,
collecting the trashes. The last project ‘CELEBRITIES’ people that we are willing to perform we could have done the work ourselves hospitability too.”Aleksandra Pavlovic, sharing experiences we will carry within
was a short one because they were some acts and services that benefit them and instead of assisting only.”Sidra Iqbal and Serbia us for a long long time.”Mihaela Huluta,
journalists who wanted to report about Ayran people were like celebrities. their environment. All in all, the action Huma Iqbal, Pakistan “I think these activities were not action Romania, Febi Purnamasari, Indonesia
the participants and their action project. Cameras and journalists were parts of projects were awesome.“Daniel Saifoloi, “The action project is good. However it projects. It was all fun and entertain-

Besides the
action project in
Eskişehir
By Elena Roda, Italy

A YOUNG GREEN CITY. interesting to understand how Globa-


ESKIŞEHIR WELCOMED THE lization is part of real life. Zara, Mango,
ACTION PROJECT GROUP AND Yves Rocher, Media World: commercial
THE GROUP ANSWERED WITH chains, shopping centres are exactly the
MUSIC, FOOTBALL SUPPOR- same all over the world. You can be in
TING AND DANCING. London, New York, Hong Kong, Eskişehir
or anywhere else but when you enter a
THREE DAYS TO BECOME THE shopping centre you will feel the same:
ESKIŞEHIR’S STARS. the unreal idea that in those places
you can fulfil all your dreams. That is
Es-es-es ki-ki ki eski-eski es.The Eskişehir Globalization.
action project had just one soundtrack: Besides the Espark, Eskişehir is a young
the anthem of the Eskişehir football green nice city,three hours far away from
team, es-es-es ki-ki ki eski-eski es. Ankara.Here young students enjoy study-
On the first day the entire group started ing at the Eskişehir biggest university and
singing and has never stopped, trying to crowd its huge campus. The city offers
turn into the football team’s most impor- many different possibilities to young
tant fan. And, surely, they got it. people. At the local youth centre they
They caught the Eskişehir medias atten- can learn to play the guitar, play theatre,
tion and became stars for one day: some have computer lessons and spend your
articles about their action project have time playing volleyball or basketball at
been published in the local newspapers. the sport centre.The action project team
Unfortunately, the majority of activists also tried to play. Alas, the outcome was
could not understand Turkish, but still not very“agonistic”but,at least,full of fun.
they could enjoy the pictures seeming Eskişehir is also a water city.The first day
very satisfied. the action project group had a boat trip
Eskişehir welcomed the action project on the river that crosses the city, dan-
group offering a three days city guided cing and singing Turkish music. It was
tour: parks, sightseeing, the local youth amazing to see how the people on the
centre and, last but not least, the Espark riverside were looking astonished at this
shopping mall. Actually it is not really funny music event. It was our way to say:
correlated to the participants’ idea “Hey, people from Eskişehir: the action
of “action project” but, at least, it is 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 was made about 37 years ago. Taking a • Troy IX:Hellenistic Ilium,1st century BC
years and known as the center of anci- picture with Trojan horse obviously is a Muge, Nathalia, Faisal, Theano, Abdel,
ent civilizations. For many years people great photo opportunity. Mou delegates became astonished
believed that it was the city mentioned A Guide of troy informed us, Troy has by observing the ruins of Troy and the
only in the tales and never existed until nine separate cities and 47 different art, surrounded wall of troy. The Bury
it was first found in the 19th century.Troy layers, each of which represents a diffe- of Achilles, archaeological structure of
is located in Hisarlik near Canakkale rent period in the history of Near Eastern Troy remembered us about the reality
province. Troy also is one of the most civilization and cultural evolution. As between Troy Film and real troy city. It is
famous cities in the history,remembering a result of this variety, archaeologists surrounded by fields of grain with a few
us Hector,Achilles and Achaean Greeks, excavating at Troy,study cultural remains interspersed villages in the area.
the sake of Helen,Paris,Agamemnon and spanning over five centuries. The layers Juan Antonio, a delegate from Spain,
Priam.The ancient city of Troy has been of ruins in the citadel at Hisarlik are pointed that ‘It is a great opportunity for
inhabited since the Bronze Age although numbered Troy I – Troy IX, with various me to see the Troy city.One time in my life
the city has been destroyed and rebuilt subdivisions: I can say that I’m very proud for seeing
several times throughout history. • Troy I: 3500–2600 BC the real Troy city.’
We 28 members of GELLIBOLU family • Troy II: 2600–2250 BC Theano from Cyprus ‘Once I knew
visited Troy City on 9 August. Just we • Troy III:2250–2100 BC about Troy and Trojan War in the Greek
entranced inside the Troy, noticed a • Troy IV:2100–1950 BC Epic Cycle and especially in the Iliad,
large replica of the Trojan horse at the • Troy V: 20th–18th centuries BC epic poems of Homer. But now practi-
front of the ruins.Someone took pictures • Troy VI: 17th–15th centuries BC cally I observed the Great Ancient Troy
someone ride on Trojan horse.Of course • Troy VII: 1300–1190 BC City which factual and legendary in the
not the real Trojan horse because it • Troy VIII: around 700 BC world.’
10 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 BUKET TURKAY, 22 BERK YUNUS, 22 TUNAHAN YILDIZ, 21 LALEHAN ÖZALP, 23 YASIN BAHADIR EROL, 21
20 YEARS FROM NOW: PRIME MINI- MY MOTTO IS ‚SMARTER PEOPLE FOR „ACCEPT THINGS HOW THEY ARE. BE ‚I WANT TO BE A STAR!‘ AVERAGE SLEEPING TIME: 5 HOURS AVERAGE SLEEPING TIME: 6 HOURS
STER OF TURKEY SMARTER WORLD‘ TOLERANT.“ AVERAGE SLEEPING TIME: 4 HOURS ‘Being a volunteer can be crazy or ‘I became a volunteer because I
AVERAGE SLEEPING TIME: 3 HOURS AVERAGE SLEEPING TIME: 4 HOURS AVERAGE SLEEPING TIME: 5 HOURS Tunahan works hard every day to can be very boring. Usually I wake up wanted to serve my country and my city,
Bora is the chief volunteer at the con- If you want to express your gratitude Berk believes that participating in make our stay at the congress truly at 7:30 or 8 have breakfast with other as well as gain some experience for my
gress. „We are everywhere. We are really to a person who has helped supply the WYC as a volunteer will allow him unforgettable. He is a volunteer pho- volunteers. Then we have a meeting CV. Sometimes we enter the workshops
busy.We have meetings at night,that‘s why WYC participants with water during to help others and experience new tographer, and his camera is always where we get divided into groups, for and we learn together with others, also
we sleep only a bit - for about 3 hours a workshops, look for this girl. She is not things personally.„I have not met people „combat-ready.“ „I love taking photo- example I can be working in the work- meeting new people. We like making
night. Sometimes we are so tired that we the only one, but certainly the most from Bhutan or Cambodia before I graphs. Most of all I like photographing shop area helping delegates getting to new friends as well’.
get ourselves into various awkward - and important person when it comes to came here. This is what is great about people, that is why I feel happy at the the right direction or I can be in the Yasın describes his job as a volunteer
funny - situations.“ „Several days ago staying hydrated. „I should be here at the congress,“ Berk says. „The people I congress - there are so many people reception.We finish work in the evening, as one that involves ‘helping delegates,
I called a respected math professor at 9am every day. I live in the Asian part meet here inspire me to take action to here!“ Tunahan says. He sees the WYC we have dinner together and we are answer their questions, showing the cor-
the Yildiz University who helps us with of Istanbul, and it takes me much time make myself and the world better.“ An as a great opportunity to improve his around the campus until midnight in rect ways, getting the correct supplies
the congress. She did not hear the call, to get to the campus and back,“ she International Relations graduate, Berk English and to make friends with people case delegates need something. Some- for the workshops and having fun too’.
and then called me back. I said „Hi,Ayse, says.However,despite all the difficulties, believes that tolerance is very important from various countries. times we also have midnight meetings’. Yasin is currently studyıng Molecular
how are you? What‘s up?“ When I under- Buket says she is happy to be at the because it helps build bridges between If you want to learn how to take good Lalehan described this experience biology and genetics at Istanbul Tech-
stood whom I was talking to, I was really congress. „Apart from fun we are having the people. He is really excited to show pictures, look for Tunahan. as an unique one. She has just finished nical University.
confused, because I thought it was some here, I have a chance to improve my everyone „cool places“ in Istanbul. her degree in chemistry and she will
of my friends and called her by her first English while talking to people from all start looking for a job after the congress.
name,“ he recalls.Bora has enjoyed his over the world,“ she says.
stay at the congress and is grateful to all Buket is currently studying indus-
Aile leaders who, along with the volun- trial engineering at Yildiz Technical
teers, have done their best at the WYC. University.

Guiding the WYC: Aile Leaders!


By Kartik Das, Singapore, and David Hiss, Germany

Do you remember the person waving with the food, when we needed a guide children. “I felt like in a real family. I Asena from Anitkabir was grateful for the family members were hard working, thank them. They have treated us like
around the signs with unfamiliar names to Istanbul or when we just needed really liked being with people all the the opportunity to interact with people collaborative and always positive. I family and,as we have learned in Turkey,
written on them,smiling hopefully at you, someone to talk to.They have gone out of time and getting to know them deeply. from all over the world. “It was a very could learn to take responsibility. This the importance of Imece and family
anticipating the arrival of their latest son their way to ensure that we would never Being a Aile Leader improved my self- nice experience. In the family we all experience also taught me to be unbi- transcends borders.
or daughter? For the past twelve days, feel helpless. confidence.” taught each other something. Even ased towards people.”
the family leaders have been the go to Goezde Giftlik from Fasil felt com- And while we learnt from them, the though we were from many different The time has come to recognize them Teşekkürler Aile Lideri!
people when we have had problems pletely at home with her international feeling was very much mutual. Pelin cultures everyone opened up easily. All for their contributions and sincerely
Sayı 5, İstanbul, Perşembe, 12 Ağustos 2010 11

Fotoğraflarla Kongre

Camdan Dünyalar Burçak Yıldırım

Cam ve cam sanatları her zaman ilgimi ettim. Sertaç Bey bu işin hem mutfağında orum, trendleri takip ederek diyor. Eğer bir usta istediği şekli veriyor. Ben de kendi
çekmiştir. Kongre‘de gerçekleştirilen yetişmiş hem de okulunu okumuş. Bu modelin Çin‘e girdiğini hissederse hemen cam kolyemi „biraz“ yardım alarak yaptım,
cam atölyesi sayesinde bu sanat dünyanın sanatın inceliklerini Ermeni hocası bırakıp yeni ürünler tasarlıyormuş. yaz renklerine uygun olsun diye turuncu
değişik yerinden birçok delegenin de ilgi- Arşank Özben‘den öğrenmiş. „Bir işi Peki, nedir bu camın özü, diye sordum, ve beyaz seçtim. Bu iş yaz sıcağında haki-
sini çekmeyi başardı. öğreneceksen Ermeni‘den öğreneceksin, gerçekten kumdan mı yapılır cam? katen zor meziyet.
Cam işleme sanatında dünyada saygın yeri onlardaki disiplin başka bir şey ben şuan Kumdan değil, kumun içindeki silisy- Diğer cam eşyalar da eriyen camın metal
olan Türkiye, bu alandaki deneyimlerini çıraklarıma o derece katı davranamıyorum, umdan yapılıyormuş. Efsaneye göre kalıplara dökülmesiyle yapılıyormuş.
katılımcılarla buluşturdu. Kongre‘nin ama işin sırrı tam da bu“ diyor. 1600‘lü yıllarda bir adayı keşfeden Bu eğitimi nerden alabiliriz diye
3. gününde gerçekleşen cam atölyesine Sektör olarak camı sorduğumda ise İspanyollar kumsalda ateş yakmışlar. hemen sordum, Kadıköy Halk Eğitim
katılımcıların yoğun bir ilgisi dikkat oldukça dertli cevap veriyor. 2005‘e kadar Sabah uyandıklarında kumun etrafındaki Merkezi‘nde Eylül ayından Mayıs ayına
çekti. Delegeler, hem cam eşyaların her şey iyiye giderken yapılan düzenle- saydam ve sert maddeyi görünce camı kadar süren toplamda 568 saat süren bir
nasıl yapıldığını görüyor hem de kendi meyle Çin‘den gelen ürün miktarı artmış. keşfetmiş olmuşlar. eğitim veriyorlarmış. Bu eğitim sonunda
aksesuarını kendisi yapıyordu. Ürün cam gibi gözükse de cam değilmiş. Boncuk olarak cam fotoğraflardaki eğitmen dahi olunabiliyormuş. Aynı
Ben de fırsatını bulunca cam sanatçısı Bizim mal ettiğimizden ucuza satıyorlar, gibi, uzun kamışa benzer silisyumlarla eğitim bir de Tuzla‘da var. İlgilenenlere
ve eğitmeni Sertaç Bayraktarla sohbet diyor. Peki, buna nasıl direniyorsunuz diy- yapılıyor. Ateşte çevire çevire eriyen cama, duyurulur.

„Kendinizi tanıyor musunuz? Burçak Yıldırım Türkiye

Dünya Gençlik Kongresi kapsamında pek böyle bir ısınma etkinliğinin yapıldığına yanlarını sıralamalarındaki rahatlıkları
çok ilgi çekici çalıştayla katılımcılara geniş ilişkin soruya her katılımcıdan farklı bir çalıştayın amaçlarına ilişkin ipuçları
bir bilgi birikimi ve vizyon kazandırılmaya cevap geldi. Fikir yürütüldü ve farklı bir barındırıyor. İnsanlar kendilerinin iyi
çalışıldı. fikir harmonisi ortaya çıktı. yönlerini anlatmakta ve bunun tartışmakta
Çalıştayların kapsamına alanına konu- Çalıştayın ikinci yarısı da tıpkı ilk çekinceler yaşıyor. Eksiklikler söz konusu
lar katılımcıların hayata farklı bir gözle bölümde olduğu gibi ilginç ve dikkat olduğunda ise herkes daha konuşkan ve
bakmasının da sağlayıcısı oldu. 1 Ağustos çekiciydi. Mathur, katılımcılara şöyle bir farkındalık içinde.
tarihinde 12.00-13.30 saatleri arasında ön açıklama yaptı:“ Görünmez olduğunuzu Çalıştay pek çok açından
gerçekleştirilen „Self Awareness to build ve bir kafede insanların sizin 5 tane iyi değerlendirilebilecek bir etkinlikti.
a stronger self“ “ adlı çalıştay bunlardan yönünüzden bahsettiğinizi düşünün sizce Kapsamı ve etkinlikleri bağlamında
bir tanesiydi. bu yönler neler olur” sorunun ardından çalıştay özgüvenin aslında farkındalıktan
Hintli Eğitmen Vahibhav Mathur, farklı 5ler kişilik gruplara ayrılan katılımcılar beslendiği mesajını veriyor. Kongrenin
bir çalıştay olacağının ilk sinyallerini fikir teatisi ile kendilerinin iyi yönlerinin gençlik kongresi olduğu gerçekliği ile
çalıştayın en başından verdi. Katılımcılar neler olabileceğine dair bir fikir teatisi sadece genç değil, sorunlara çözüm üreten
öncelikle açık alanda hiçbir kural ve kaide yaptı. İyi yönlerin biraz çekinceyle grup ve üretim sürecine kendi kişiliğindeki
bağlı kalmadan ellerindeki topu havada içinde paylaşılmasından sonra ise sıra kötü güçlü ve zayıf yönlerin farkında olan
tutabilmeye çalıştı. Bu kısa etkinliğin yönlere ilişkin çalışmaya geldi. gençlerin kongresi olduğunu ortaya koydu.
ardından salona tekrar dönüldü. Neden İnsanların ikinci kısımda yani eksik
12 Sayı 5, İstanbul, Perşembe, 12 Ağustos 2010

Bakan Özak: Gençler


en önemli zenginliktir
5. Dünya Gençlik Kongresi‘nin olarak böyle bir etkinliğe öncülük yapmak-
yapılmasına öncülük eden Gençlik ve tan büyük mutluluk duyduklarını ifade
Spordan sorumlu Devlet Bakanı Faruk eden Özak, sözlerini şöyle sürdürdü:
Nafız Özak, Dünya Gençlik Kongresi’nin “Geleceği şekillendirecek en önemli
kapanış töreninde yaptığı konuşmada, güçlerden biri, gençlerin enerjisi, vizy-
dünyanın 148 ülkesinden gelen 1400 onu, özgün düşünüş tarzı, üretkenliği,
gencin imece teması etrafında birleşerek; dinamizmi ve hayal gücüdür. Gençlerin
Türkiye’den dünyaya demokrasi, hoşgörü, bu dinamizminin daha barışçıl, daha adil,
gönüllülük, dayanışma mesajı verdiğini daha hoşgörülü, daha kalkınmış bir dünya
kaydetti. Özak, “Gençler bir ülkenin en doğrultusunda yönlendirilmesi gerekiyor.
önemli zenginliğidir” dedi. Türkiye Cumhuriyeti olarak gençlerin
Dünyanın en geniş kapsamlı gençlik kişisel ve sosyal gelişimine çok büyük
organizasyonu olan ve Devlet Bakanlığı, önem veriyoruz.”
e-Gençlik Derneği, Peace Child Interna- Özak, gençleri dünyanın en önemli
tional ve İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi zenginlik ve değerli varlıkları olarak
Gençlik Meclisi’nin organizatörlüğünde gördüklerini belirterek, gençlerin aynı
gerçekleşen Dünya Gençlik Kongresi zamanda geleceğin teminatı olduğunun
sona eriyor. Kapanış töreninde konuşan da altını çizdi.
Bakan Özak, dünya gençleri Türkiye’nin Tüm gençlerin Dünya Gençlik Yılını
27 ilinde bir yandan, “imece”nin ruhunu kutlayan Özak, sözlerini şöyle tamamladı:
anlamını tecrübe ettiklerini, diğer yandan “Gençliğimizin dünya gençliği ile
ise tüm dünyaya ihtiyacı olan birey ve karşılıklı hoşgörü, işbirliği ve anlayış ilke-
toplumları desteklemeye yönelik örnek leri çerçevesinde kaynaşmalarına büyük
bir mesaj vermiş olduklarını söyledi. Özak önem veriyoruz ve ülkemizde her düzeyde
ayrıca, “dünya değişecekse; bu, gençlerin ve her alanda gerçekleştirdiğimiz gençliğin
liderliğinde mümkün olacaktır” dedi. güçlendirilmesine yönelik adımların başka
Bakan Özak, İstanbul‘un binlerce yıllık ülkelere de örnek olmasını diliyoruz”
medeniyetin mirasçısı, dünya kültürlerinin, Öte yandan E-Gençlik Derneği Başkanı
barışın, hoşgörünün, farklılıklara saygının Kemal Uysal, İstanbul’da böyle bir etkinlik
simgesi olduğunu söyleyerek, gençlerin gerçekleştirmekten duyduğu mutluluğu
İstanbul’un ve Türkiye’nin güzelliklerini belirterek, “Bizler medeniyetlerin beşiği
tanıma ve yaşama imkanı bulduklarını Türkiye’de birçok ülkeden gençleri bir
dile getirdi. araya getirişmiş bulunarak gençlik olarak
Tüm dünyada gençliğin öne çıktığı bir dünyaya barış mesajı ile meydan okuy-
dönemde, Gençlikten sorumlu Bakanlık oruz” dedi.

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

İstanbul‘un Yeni Aileleri


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
“ARTIK TÜRKIYE‘DE BENIM DE BIR AILEM VAR. HER GÜN BIR çözüm üretemeye çalıştı.
ARAYA GELEREK EĞLENDIĞIMIZ BIR AILE,” DIYOR KARADENIZ
ADLI AILENIN ÜYELERINDEN FRANSIZ CECILLE GUEZENNEC. KÜLTÜREL ETKINLER ILE
KEYIFLI DAKIKALAR YAŞANDI
İstanbul‘da gerçekleşen 5. Dünya Gençlik arasında güçlü bağların oluşturulmasında Avrupa Kültür Başkenti İstanbul‘da ilişkin fikirsel paylaşım içerisinde bulunan Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi Davutpaşa
Kongresi, farklı kültürleri buluşturmasının önemli rol oynadı. buluşan dünyanın 147 ülkesinden gelen geleceğin genç liderleri sorunlara ilişkin Kampüsü’nde gerçekleşti.
dışında çoğu yabancı katılımcının Türk Aileler her sabah bir araya gelerek günü 1300 genç çözümler üretiyor. İlk olarak 1999 yılında 5. Dünya Gençlik Kongresini farklı
kültürüyle tanışmasını da sağladı. Kongre birlikte karşıladı. Gönüllü olarak eylem 31 Temmuz–13 Ağustos tarihleri Havai’de gerçekleşen kongre serisinin en EYLEM PROJELERI ILE kılan bir yön ise kongre kapsamında
delegelerinin en büyük deneyimi ise Türk projelerine de aileler birlikte katıldı. 27 arasında Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi vazgeçilmez özelliği ise farklı kültürler- TÜRKIYE’NIN 35 FARKLI gerçekleştirilen kültürel etkinliklerdi.
aile kültürünün bir parçası olmalarıydı. Aile kente dağılan aileler, gerçekleştirdikleri Davutpaşa Yerleşkesi‘nde buluştu. Bir den bir araya gelen gençlerin her kongrede Öncelikle katılımcılar, Türkiye’nin farklı
Liderlerinin Koordinatörü Caner Sayan, projelerle toplumun bir parçası haline araya gelerek bir harmoni oluşturan bir teman etrafında toplanması ve konfe-
NOKTASI ZIYARET EDILDI bölgelerini tanıtan danslara eşlik ederek
Türkiye‘deki toplantıyı diğerlerinden geldiler. Gerçekleşen tüm çalışmalarda gençler, dünya sorunlarını birlikte çözmek ranslar, çalıştaylar ve eylem projeleri ile keyifli dakikalar yaşadı. Boğaz turu ile
ayıran en önemli unsurlardan birisinin aile geleneksel çalışma kavramı “İmece” için “İmece” mesajı verdi. çözüme ilişkin aktif katılımlı analizler Kongrenin ana gayelerinden bir tanesi, İstanbul’a hayran kalan gençler Alfa
kavramı olduğunu söylüyor. ön planda tutuldu. Delegeler tüm işleri Dünya Gençlik kongresi dizisi, ortaya koyuyor olması. sosyal duyarlılık alanlarına gençlerin aktif Omega’nın göz dolduran performansı ile
Toplumun en küçük birimi olan aile, gönüllü şekilde birlikte gerçekleştirdi. dünyanın farklı yerlerindeki gençlerin, Havai’nin ardından 2003 yılında Fas’ta katılımı sağlamak. Bu amaç çerçevesinden eğlendi. Kapanış seremonisi için Bruhaha
Türkiye‘de aynı zamanda toplumun en Samsun‘daki delegeler okul boyarken, sivil toplum kuruluşlarının, gazeteci 2005 yılında İskoçya’da ve 2008 yılında katılımcılar, Türkiye’de 27 ili kapsayan 35 ekibinin ritimleri ve dansları ile de kon-
önemli birleştirici unsuru olarak kabul edi- Bursa‘dakiler İznik Gölü‘nün kenarını ve siyasetçilerin bir araya geldiği bir Kanada’da gerçekleştirilen kongrenin noktada sosyal duyarlılık projesine katıldı. greye keyfi dolu bir veda hazırlığı yapıldı.
liyor. Kongre‘deki aileler de katılımcılar temizledi. platform. Dünyanın güncel sorunlarına 5cisi Devlet Bakanlığı himayesinde Türkiye’nin tanıtılmasına katkı sağlayan

Görüş: Dünya Gençlik Kongresinin Sivil


Toplum ve Kamu Diplomasi Boyutu
Kemal Gülpınar Türkiye

148 ÜLKEDEN 1000’I şehirde aynı anda Eylem Projeleri başlamasına paralel olarak “Diplomasi” politika geliştirme ve dış ilişkilerin yön- rasyonel şekilde değerlendirebilmesi için topraklarda Gençliğin Küresel çapta
AŞKIN YABANCI GENÇ yürütüldü. kavramı da bir dönüşüm yaşadı. Diplomasi lendirilmesi üzerindeki etkisini kapsıyor. potansiyel verilerini belirlemesi gerek- sorumluluk alma istekliliği gelecek adına
Birleşmiş Milletler Bin Yıl Kalkınma klasik tanımıyla “bağımsız devletlerin, Bu ilişki türü birçok farklı kanaldan mektedir. Kısaca bahsedersek; umut verici diye düşünüyorum. Üniversi-
GIRIŞIMCININ VE 300’Ü Hedefleri’nin yapılabilirliğini sorgu- yani uluslararası sistemin temel birimleri- yürütülüyor. Genel anlamda bahsedilen Türkiye, bölgesindeki ülkelere naz- telerden iş dünyasına kültürel ortak paylar-
AŞKIN TÜRK KATILIMCILIYLA layan, ulusal ve uluslararası taban da nin birbirleri ile olan ilişkileri ve kullanılan özel kurumlar “Sivil Toplum Kuruluşları” aran Batı Değerlerine olan uyumu ve dan insan hakları ve küresel sorunlarla
BULUŞTUĞU DÜNYA GENÇLIK Gençlik Politikaları’nın yapımına katkıda metotların tümü” olarak açıklanıyor. olarak adlandırılıyor. Demokratikleşme Sürecinin ivmesini sür- mücadele etme konusundaki birikimlerin
KONGRESI’NIN 5.SI BUGÜN ITI- bulunmayı amaçlayan Kongre’nin Bu tanım değişikliği Diplomasi Bu tanımda özel kuruluşlar olarak dürerek devam ettirebilen bir ülkedir. Ülke- aktarıldığı Kongre, Doğu’nun değerlerini
BARIYLE İSTANBUL’DA SONA hazırladığı “İstanbul Eylem Planı” iki kavramının içeriğini değiştirmekle bahsedilen kurumlar ağırlıklı olarak “Sivil nin dinamik genç nüfusu, tarihsel uzlaşı Batılı vizyonuyla buluşturan coğrafyada
ERMEK ÜZERE. TÜRKIYE‘DE hafta sonra hükümetler arası düzeyde kalmamış, aynı zamanda literatüre “Kamu Toplum Kuruluşları” kapsamına gir- birikimi mevcut olan bir ülkedir. Bütün sürdürülebilir Barış ve Kalkınma için
GERÇEKLEŞEN KONGRE IMECE yapılacak Meksika Gençlik Zirvesi’nin Diplomasisi” kavramını dâhil etmesini mektedir. Bu tarz kurumlar “Fikir Üreteç bu özelikleri içinde damıtan İstanbul’un Gençlik adına önemli bir adım sayılabilir.
ana gündem maddelerinden olmaya aday. sağladı. Bu tanıma göre Kamu Diploma- Araçları” olarak da adlandırılabilirler. Bu Kongre Mekânı olarak seçilmesi ise dik- Son olarak 5.Dünya Gençlik Kon-
TEMASI ÜZERINE TOPLANDI. Kongre’nin ülkelerarası ilişkilere sisi; “Medyanın uluslararası ilişkilerdeki araçlar belirli kanaat önderleri tarafından kate değer bir husustur. Çünkü yüzyıllar gresi artılarıyla ve eskileriyle Türkiye
Dünya’nın en büyük Gençlik yapabileceği etki aynı zamanda “Kamu rolünü, hükümetlerin kamuoyuna dayan- yönlendirilmektedir. Bu kanaat önderleri boyunca Düzen, adalet, huzur ve barışın Gençleri’nin gurur duyması gereken
Çalışmaları’ndan birisi olan Kongre’de Diplomasisi” kavramıyla farklı bir anlam arak kendini geliştirmesini, bir ülke- Siyasi Parti Liderleri’nden, İş Adamları’na, farklılıklarla beraber yaşanabildiği bir bir organizasyon olduğuna inanıyorum.
400’e yakın Atölye’nin yanı sıra 80 farklı kazanıyor. nin özel kuruluşlarının diğer ülkelerin Medya Sektörü’ne kadar uzanmaktadır. Bu kadim medeniyetin ruhunu hala içinde Organizasyonun bir parçası olarak da başta
Sivil Toplum Kuruluşunun katıldığı Soğuk Savaş sonrası küresel sevi- kuruluşlarıyla hükümet dışı etkileşimde kuruluşlar ülkelerin imajını yönlendirebilir saklayabilen nadide bir şehirdir, İstanbul. Organizasyon ekibi olmak üzere emeği
Gençlik Fuarı gerçekleşerek 27 farklı yede “Ulus-Devlet” modelinin aşınmaya bulunmasını ve tüm bu uluslararası sürecin, ve yeniden inşa edebilir. Ülkemizin imajını Medeniyet Havzaları’nın kesiştiği bu geçen herkese teşekkür ediyorum.