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Multinational debates in Armenia

10 December 2013

On 20 November, within the framework of the EU-funded “Youth Action for Regional Coherence and Cooperation” project, a Regional Youth Debating Contest was held in Yerevan, which was attended by twelve 16-30-year-old young people from four countries from the Black Sea region: Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and Bulgaria. Three participants from each country, the winners of the nationaldebate competition in their respective countries, participated in the contest. As a result of national-level training sessions organized prior to the competition, the competitors had had the opportunity to further develop their communications and debating skills.
‘These skills will help young people not only to further their communication and mutual understanding but will also enable them to make their voices heard through structured arguments and justifications through out their lifetime,’ noted the Country Director of Heifer Armenia, Anahit Ghazanchyan, who went on to say that the development of debating skills among young people was aimed at the peaceful resolution of political, intercultural and other conflicts existing in the region.
Participants were awarded certificates under three nominations: “The best debating logic” was presented toVanya Atanasova (Bulgaria), Georgy Kochilashvili (Georgia), Shogher Harutyunyan (Armenia), and Erme Kazanji (Turkey); “The best debating presentation” to Dimitar Athanasov (Bulgaria), Mary Kadagidze (Georgia), Shushan Grigoryan (Armenia), and Sena Chubukchu (Turkey); “The best debating ethics” to Georgy Terzov (Bulgaria), Nona Khachidze (Georgia), Knkush Tonoyan (Armenia), and Mert Bagriachik (Turkey).
Ghazanchyan stated that, in the first round of the “Youth Action for Regional Coherence and Cooperation” project, young people acquainted themselves with the cultural values of participant countries and that, following the second round, these young people would hopefully maintain contact and cooperate with each other.
Mehmed Emre Kazanje, a 27-year-old student from Trabzon, Turkey, shared his impressions about how debates with Armenian participants progressed during the project, how Turks and Armenians learned each other’s dances and learned about mutual cultural values: ‘We don’t have any problems with each other, I think that the problems exist between governments… Even our surnames are similar, mine is Kazanje and Miss Anahit’s is Ghazanchyan; in fact we could even be relatives!’
Participants visited the Armenian cultural sites of Zvartnots, Garni, Geghard and Echmiatsin, as well as enjoyed musical pieces by the Armenian composer Komitas.
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. More than 2,300 young people from rural areas in partner countries will have participated in the project by May 2014. The project is co-financed by the EU through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, with a budget of €208,104.

Multinational debates in Armenia

On 20 November, within the framework of the EU-funded “Youth Action for Regional Coherence and Cooperation” project, a Regional Youth Debating Contest was held in Yerevan, which was attended by twelve 16-30-year-old young people from four countries from the Black Sea region: Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and Bulgaria. Three participants from each country, the winners of the nationaldebate competition in their respective countries, participated in the contest. As a result of national-level training sessions organized prior to the competition, the competitors had had the opportunity to further develop their communications and debating skills. ‘These skills will help young people not only to further their communication and mutual understanding but will also enable them to make their voices heard through structured arguments and justifications through out their lifetime,’ noted the Country Director of Heifer Armenia, Anahit Ghazanchyan, who went on to say that the development of debating skills among young people was aimed at the peaceful resolution of political, intercultural and other conflicts existing in the region. Participants were awarded certificates under three nominations: “The best debating logic” was presented toVanya Atanasova (Bulgaria), Georgy Kochilashvili (Georgia), Shogher Harutyunyan (Armenia), and Erme Kazanji (Turkey); “The best debating presentation” to Dimitar Athanasov (Bulgaria), Mary Kadagidze (Georgia), Shushan Grigoryan (Armenia), and Sena Chubukchu (Turkey); “The best debating ethics” to Georgy Terzov (Bulgaria), Nona Khachidze (Georgia), Knkush Tonoyan (Armenia), and Mert Bagriachik (Turkey). Ghazanchyan stated that, in the first round of the “Youth Action for Regional Coherence and Cooperation” project, young people acquainted themselves with the cultural values of participant countries and that, following the second round, these young people would hopefully maintain contact and cooperate with each other. Mehmed Emre Kazanje, a 27-year-old student from Trabzon, Turkey, shared his impressions about how debates with Armenian participants progressed during the project, how Turks and Armenians learned each other’s dances and learned about mutual cultural values: ‘We don’t have any problems with each other, I think that the problems exist between governments… Even our surnames are similar, mine is Kazanje and Miss Anahit’s is Ghazanchyan; in fact we could even be relatives!’ Participants visited the Armenian cultural sites of Zvartnots, Garni, Geghard and Echmiatsin, as well as enjoyed musical pieces by the Armenian composer Komitas. 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. More than 2,300 young people from rural areas in partner countries will have participated in the project by May 2014. The project is co-financed by the EU through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, with a budget of €208,104.