“Tolerance Camp 2013” – the city of Sudak (Crimea, Ukraine) became the host city for this event which took place during the weekend on the 20-22 of September. 23 young people representing eight different nationalities had a chance to introduce their own culture and learn about others.
Among camp participants one could find Azerbaijanis, Armenians, Belorussians, Crimean Tatars, Poles, Russians, Turkmen and Ukrainians.
The main idea of this camp was to spread the idea of tolerance and mutual understanding, to get to know cultures and traditions of other nationalities.
The aim was to find common grounds and to build healthy relationships for peaceful and beneficial coexistence on the Crimean peninsula.
Project organizer Emir Shevkiev shared his Camp experience:
The Camp lasted for three days and during this period participants discussed the issue of tolerance and the difficulties that arise on the peninsula on a daily basis. The whole learning process was interactive and primarily was conducted in a non-formal way. One of the initial camp activities was to identify the term “tolerance” and to do that participants interviewed guests and residents of the city Sudak. Camp program also included historic aspects (development of human rights); participants talked about certain stereotypes which are strong in the society and were engaged in a simulation role play. As a final activity every group had a chance to share their culture and traditions during the Cultural Evening which was a great success.
Project authors Eldar Kanatayev and Emir Shevkiev. The project was funded by the FLEX Alumni Grants Program, which is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State (ECA) and administered by the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS.
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