Lu Gomes postando! 🙂
O tempo está corrido! Como a Helena já disse no post anterior, já estamos em nossos Action Projects, que nada mais são do que projetos desenvolvidos por jovens aqui na Escócia, em várias regiões do país. Durante nossa estada no Congresso fazemos uma visita de três dias (com atividades) a um deles.
O meu, por exemplo, é uma vivência em comunidades onde foi necessária alguma ação para resolução de conflito. Aqui na Escócia existem muitos problemas entre grupos católicos e protestantes — assim como na Irlanda — e estou visitando alguns projetos, principalmente em Glasgow, que visam o fim (ou pelo menos tentam amenizar) essa segregação.
Amanhã é meu último dia de convivência com essas comunidades e assim que voltar posto o texto completo sobre toda a experiência. Por agora, como não tenho muito tempo (todos estão numa correria danada por causa dos tais projetos), vou postar um texto que escrevi pro Positive News. Desculpem a falta de tradução pro Português, prometo dar um jeito nisso assim que as coisas se acalmarem por aqui!
Beijos e beijos a todos! Estamos muito bem aqui, apesar do cansaço extremo…
World Youth Citizens – It’s all about love
This motto summarizes the spirit of the group and it’s basic to understand how they are getting so successful.
by Luciana Gomes
Sustainable development, international understanding, youth-led projects and the UN Millennium Development Goals are some of the objectives of the ‘World Youth Citizens — For an International Partnership’, an international network of young people who started dreaming, planning and discussing the idea of creating such a web during the 2nd World Congress of Youth in Morocco 2003.
The general idea of World Youth Citizens is to inspire young people to do things for a better world and putting in contact young activists from the five continents to share experiences, difficulties, helping to find sponsors and partnerships; also to support each other to develop projects in their countries.
The main idea, they say, is to think global and act local.
For now just a few countries are taking part of the project. They are Brazil, Canada, Congo, Germany, Greece, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Peru and Russia. The goal for the next years is to expand this network for it to be a mosaic of projects in different countries to promote understanding and acceptance of the differences and to promote peace.
How can they work living so far from each other? – Madelaine Hamilton, the young member from Canada said the first year of work was the most difficult one because the first step was to find some strategies for them to keep in touch. They have created an Internet discussion group and also try to make virtual meetings very often — and it’s always hard because of the many different time zones — to keep the entire group informed about what each person is doing in their country.
First Achievements – Last year, the guys have got their first big achievement. They went to Germany — and it was managed by Pascal Renaud, the German member of the group — to organize workshops for kids and teenagers on the Student’s Day. More than 1200 students were involved in four days of debates and action.
Now the World Youth Citizens made a magazine to show people who don’t have internet access what they are doing to make the difference in their countries. They have a stand here in the 3rd World Youth Congress and you can get one magazine there and also know much more about their project by asking one of its members.
Because they really care — One especial thing about this group that everybody should know to understand how they are getting so successful is that they are — above all things — a group of friends. They really care about each other. They have the “It’s all about love” motto. And it explains a lot of things, mainly how can they conduct this project with such passion and enthusiasm.
Want to be in touch with them? So, take note:
Madelaine Hamilton – firstname.lastname@example.org