"Role of youth in community development"
Ganja, Azerbaijan, 16 - 27 July 2002
Why does the "Bridge to the Future" Youth Union organize this
Last years there are some noticeable progresses in youth participation in the
life of society of Azerbaijan. Today there are more then 300 Youth NGOs in Azerbaijan.
But unfortunately mostly function of these NGOs is focused only in the capital.
In most of the regions there is no even one youth NGO.
Today in the western region of Azerbaijan there work very few youth NGOs. The
work of some of them is really unnoticeable. One of the objective reasons for
that is absence of active young people. From the other hand existence of several
universities in this region makes a positive influence to getting organized
young people. Potential of these youngsters is very important for getting active,
organized young people of this region, to establish strong youth organizations.
During our activities we observed that youth has great interest on organizing
and desire to work in different fields in their community. We share our experience
and knowledge in order to help them. But this is not enough for the organizing
and social activism of youth in the region. Taking into consideration importance
of all above-mentioned problems our organization decided to carry out "Role
of Youth in Community Development" international project with support of
Open Society Institution - Assistance Foundation.
As mentioned above the project has international and scale we had participants
from following countries as well: Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lithuania and
France. Local participants were from various regions of Azerbaijan, like Baku,
Mingechevire and Ganja.
The project consists of 2 parts:
In the first part (16 - 21 July 2002, Ganja) local and international
participants had training of trainers, getting skills and knowledge on working
with young people in the region.
In the second part (23 - 24 July, 2002, Shamkir, Kazakh and Tovuz)
of the project it was considered to have two day training course for non - organized
youngsters in 3 towns in western region of Azerbaijan: Shamkir, Kazakh and Tovuz.
After 5 day training courses all the participants - trainers, as they are already
experienced people in youth field, split into 3 groups. Each group was supposed
to conduct training in one town. During these courses local youngsters in the
regions had an opportunity to learn from the experience of those, who are doing
successfully in the youth field on international and local level for several
years. They had an opportunity to get knowledge during the training on the following
topics: working in the group, team building, creating youth NGOs, Identifying
the problem of young people and working toward solution of these problems, benefits
of being organized in solving the problem, Leadership, Youth policy in Azerbaijan
and in Europe, what is a project, how to write project and fundraising to realization
of the project.
Except the training youngsters had an opportunity on non - formal situation
to learn from the experience of the trainers. Totally 60 young people in 3 towns
- Shamkir, Kazakh and Tovuz were the beneficiaries of two day training course.
In the end of the project local and international participants left for Kedabekh
(25 - 27 July, 2002) for the evaluation of whole the project.