” Dare to Act” is a big international project that was held in three steps in three different countries. The main aim of the project was to develop new initiatives and strategies for youth inclusion and active involvement in projects dealing with conflicts on international, national and local levels. Young people took part in discussion of existing conflicts and tensions between groups in our communities. There were a lot of role playing games where participants had chance to promote peace, establish cooperation and dialogue between conflicting parties to turn frozen conflicts into constructive dialogues.
First training course was in Tbilisi, Georgia in December 2015, then participants met in St.Petersburg, Russia for the second training course. The final step of this project was the seminar that gathered together the same participants in Jonsonland, Norway. The project covered different types of conflicts and the ways how these conflicts can be solved by non violent actions. All the session were based on resent European conflicts and participants from 10 countries discussed the significant role of youth participation in peace building initiatives. Trainers and invited expert shared practical skills and theoretical knowledge on the topics, through plenary sessions, discussions, workshops, creativity sessions, intercultural & interactive exercises and other non-formal educational methods.
One of the participants from LOGOS side was inspired by this project and wrote his impressions and experience:
“Thanks to the NGO “LOGOS” I have participated in a wonderful project “Dare to act! A practical guide for non-violent action”. It was my first international project ever and I will always remember it. The program was extremely interesting and useful. It was a three stage peacebuilding project that was held first in Georgian, then Russia and the last meeting was in Norway. Besides Ukrainian small group of two representatives, there were participants from Georgia, Russia, Moldova, Belarus, Greece, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Norway, Estonia and Sweden.
The first part in Tbilisi, Georgia was dedicated to meeting each other and having lectures about wars in the world and peacebuiding activities. As well we got an opportunity to meet the representatives of Georgia authorities. Also we started working on our own projects. Besides doing all of the serious things we explored old Tbilisi with its beauty and traditions.
When we met in St. Petersburg, Russia we were very happy to see each other again. This part of the program was dedicated to learning all of the details in creating Erasmus + projects. Also we had a conference at a local university where we met active young people. As well we had an interesting leisure time with excursions and visiting the concert in Philharmonic Hall.
The third part was in Oslo, Norway and some days in Sweden. This was the time when all of our projects were ready and we applied with them for the April’s deadline. Together with studying we continued a nice tradition of cultural evenings and went to Oslo Opera House. As it was our third meeting all the participants felt like one big family. So it was really sad to say good bye in the end.
As a result of this project I learnt a lot from the experience of our organizers, lecturers and participants. I have also applied with my first Erasmus + project that gave me opportunity to work more in youth work and international projects. And besides those I have found good friends in many countries.”