“Connecting for Better Future”
December 3, 2014 -
The European Youth Capital 2016 Ganja gathered young people from eight countries at the conference titled “Connecting for Better Future” to exchange experiences on youth participation in decision making in Ganja on November 27.
The meeting was co-organized by the Youth and Sports Ministry, Executive Committee of Ganja, International Eurasia Press Fund with the support of UNICEF to showcase the results of joint projects conducted in the framework of the ‘Azerbaijani Youth Advocates Programme’. International participants from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Moldova and young leaders from Azerbaijan participated in the two-day workshop in Baku and presentation of videos made by the youth of Azerbaijan from different regions in Ganja.
“Freedom for youth to participate in the development processes along with the enabling environment for them to voluntarily serve the society are direct indicators for the country to be on the way to the democratic prosperity,” said Andro Shilakadze, UNICEF Azerbaijan Representative. “UNICEF believes Azerbaijan is on the right path and we will continue to provide necessary assistance, so the Forums in Ganja indeed avails an important opportunity to share and learn from others,” he added.
During the conference Andro Shilakadze also mentioned the importance of attention for youth problems now, when the city of Azerbaijan Ganja received the title of European Youth Capital 2016.
The project “Azerbaijan Youth Advocate Program” is being implemented since 2011. The program is covering 21 regions. It’s implemented in Ganja since 2014. In the beginning of the year there was a “Support Group for Ganja Youth” organized in the frame of this project and 20 young people were educated in specially organized trainings.
Ganja EYC2016 coordination group also gave their support to the organization of the conference by linking the project organizers with the Executive Committee of Ganja, providing all necessary organizational support to the “Support Group for Ganja Youth”, helping in organization of educational campaign that was organized in 2 local high schools in the frame of the project and helping the local representative group in making the video about healthy lifestyle.
Ganja youth conference also commemorates a milestone – 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and is also part of the preparation efforts for the “Ganja European Youth Capital 2016”.