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‘Young people are our future’

13 February 2013

On 5 February in Tsakhkadzor, within the framework of the “Democracy Starts with You” project the South Caucasus Youth Parliament held its third gathering. The project aims to improve the political participation of young people from minority and rural areas in the South Caucasus region, and enables them to actively experience democracy.
The project is co-funded by the European Union, together with the German Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Dutch Eduardo Frei Stichting, and is implemented with the support of the South Caucasus School of Political Studies and the Armenian and Georgian Ministries of Education.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, Armen Ashotyan, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Georgia, Aluda Goglichidze, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, Traian Hristea, among others.

Hristea stressed that the European Union was committed to involving young people in civic life: ‘We believe that this leads to developed and active citizenship, and makes a strong impact on the development of countries. Young people are our future. This is why the EU has dedicated €1.6 million to the “Democracy Starts with You” project, a project in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. It aims to engage not simply young people but youth from rural areas and minorities’.

The project also informs teachers about modern teaching methods and content regarding civic education, and provides pupils with an experience of how democracy works in practice.

The South Caucasus Parliament is the most important component of the project, as it provides a platform for participants to put what they have learned into practice and put it on paper in the form of a declaration.

As part of the project, pupils will submit a joint declaration to the European Parliament in Brussels in the coming months. It will be a document of solutions and proposals to regional issues put forward by the pupils themselves.

In his welcoming speech, Ashotyan said to the participants that the bearers of democracy were free citizens: ‘It is obvious that free, creative, responsible, strong-voiced citizens are one of the ways to foster patriotism; I am certain that you will grow into that when you become adults’.

According to Goglichidze, it was very pleasant to see 20 different high schools from both countries participating in the project. He said that the civic education that the students would get from this project would help them to implement democratic practices, a core principle of the project.

Since the launch of the project in 2009 gatherings have been held in Georgia. This event was the first time any gathering had been organised in Armenia. The third country of the South Caucasus, Azerbaijan, did not participate in these meetings.

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‘Young people are our future’

On 5 February in Tsakhkadzor, within the framework of the “Democracy Starts with You” project the South Caucasus Youth Parliament held its third gathering. The project aims to improve the political participation of young people from minority and rural areas in the South Caucasus region, and enables them to actively experience democracy. The project is co-funded by the European Union, together with the German Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Dutch Eduardo Frei Stichting, and is implemented with the support of the South Caucasus School of Political Studies and the Armenian and Georgian Ministries of Education. The opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, Armen Ashotyan, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Georgia, Aluda Goglichidze, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia, Traian Hristea, among others. Hristea stressed that the European Union was committed to involving young people in civic life: ‘We believe that this leads to developed and active citizenship, and makes a strong impact on the development of countries. Young people are our future. This is why the EU has dedicated €1.6 million to the “Democracy Starts with You” project, a project in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. It aims to engage not simply young people but youth from rural areas and minorities’. The project also informs teachers about modern teaching methods and content regarding civic education, and provides pupils with an experience of how democracy works in practice. The South Caucasus Parliament is the most important component of the project, as it provides a platform for participants to put what they have learned into practice and put it on paper in the form of a declaration. As part of the project, pupils will submit a joint declaration to the European Parliament in Brussels in the coming months. It will be a document of solutions and proposals to regional issues put forward by the pupils themselves. In his welcoming speech, Ashotyan said to the participants that the bearers of democracy were free citizens: ‘It is obvious that free, creative, responsible, strong-voiced citizens are one of the ways to foster patriotism; I am certain that you will grow into that when you become adults’. According to Goglichidze, it was very pleasant to see 20 different high schools from both countries participating in the project. He said that the civic education that the students would get from this project would help them to implement democratic practices, a core principle of the project. Since the launch of the project in 2009 gatherings have been held in Georgia. This event was the first time any gathering had been organised in Armenia. The third country of the South Caucasus, Azerbaijan, did not participate in these meetings. http://www.dswy.eu/ [gallery link="file"]