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Debate as a means of cooperation

10 December 2013

On 9-10 November, within the framework of the EU-funded “Youth Action for Regional Coherence and Cooperation” project, Heifer Armenia conducted a series of training sessions for youth from rural areas on “Debating and Argumentation” in Yerevan. 16-22-year-olds from different regions of Armenia had the opportunity to enhance their communication skills, as well as their capacity to participate in discussions and debates.
The training sessions covered debating and argumentation as basics for communication, the importance and techniques of active listening, non-violent communication, public speaking, and conflict management in communication.
Similar training workshops have been organised in partner countries such as Georgia, Turkey and Bulgaria: ‘Debates and discussions will be organised for young people from other participant countries. Young people must be able to reach levels of understanding, maintain established contacts, and cooperate with each other,’ said Heifer Armenia Country Director Anahit Ghazanchyan.
It is expected that peer-to-peer methodology will enable participants to further share their knowledge and skills with the young people in their communities.
The overall objective of the “Youth Action for Regional Coherence and Cooperation” project is to support regional partnerships and cooperation to contribute to a common and cohesive cultural environment where common values and the richness of European cultural diversity can be shared and appreciated.
The 12-month project was launched in May 2013. During this period, more than 2,300 young people from rural areas in partner countries will participate in the project. The project is co-financed by the EU with a budget of €208,104 through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.

Debate as a means of cooperation

On 9-10 November, within the framework of the EU-funded “Youth Action for Regional Coherence and Cooperation” project, Heifer Armenia conducted a series of training sessions for youth from rural areas on “Debating and Argumentation” in Yerevan. 16-22-year-olds from different regions of Armenia had the opportunity to enhance their communication skills, as well as their capacity to participate in discussions and debates. The training sessions covered debating and argumentation as basics for communication, the importance and techniques of active listening, non-violent communication, public speaking, and conflict management in communication. Similar training workshops have been organised in partner countries such as Georgia, Turkey and Bulgaria: ‘Debates and discussions will be organised for young people from other participant countries. Young people must be able to reach levels of understanding, maintain established contacts, and cooperate with each other,’ said Heifer Armenia Country Director Anahit Ghazanchyan. It is expected that peer-to-peer methodology will enable participants to further share their knowledge and skills with the young people in their communities. The overall objective of the “Youth Action for Regional Coherence and Cooperation” project is to support regional partnerships and cooperation to contribute to a common and cohesive cultural environment where common values and the richness of European cultural diversity can be shared and appreciated. The 12-month project was launched in May 2013. During this period, more than 2,300 young people from rural areas in partner countries will participate in the project. The project is co-financed by the EU with a budget of €208,104 through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.