Karakutu (Istanbul) & Institute of Public Policy (Yerevan) & Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation are inviting applications for the initiative Workshop for Turkish-Armenian Dialogue and Memory Walk.
24 – 28 April, 2017 in Istanbul
11 – 16 May, 2017 in Yerevan
The purpose of the Workshop for Turkish-Armenian Dialogue and Memory Walk (for short referred to as Workshop) is to increase dialogue and partnership among educational institutions in Armenia and Turkey and students of social sciences, to develop inclusive discourses in the Armenian-Turkish relations and increase awareness of the largely marginalized peace and conflict transformation narratives. The Workshop will build capacity in young professionals integrating conflict transformation practices into their academic paths and empowering them to get engaged in fostering a culture of dialogue and coexistence between their societies building a vision for the future of the Armenian-Turkish relations.
The initiative consists of two phases. During the first phase, the selected group of students from Armenia will travel to Turkey and will engage in dialogue and learning experiences with their counterparts from Turkey, including site visits and guest lectures. The Imagine Center will use its methodology to lead the Dialogue sessions and Karakutu will organize a Memory Walk for the participants as an alternative method to remember past violence, conflicts and wrongdoings, and to establish a peaceful and equal society. As a method, the Memory Walk provides young people with the opportunity of hearing alternative narratives and improving their critical thinking skills about the hegemonic historical narratives. In the second phase, the group of students from Turkey will travel to Armenia and continue their dialogue and learning activities through city visits and demo implementation of a Memory Walk.
During the Workshop, the participants will have a chance to share, understand, and reflect on the history and the present-day relationship between people from Armenia and Turkey.
The language of the program is English.
The program is open to university students older than 18 that are pursuing a degree in social sciences (from history and psychology to architecture and anthropology), arts, cultural studies, and other related areas. If you are interested in participating in the program, please fill out the online application form and submit by March 24, 2017.
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The Workshop is supported by The Grant Scheme developed by a Consortium of eight civil society organisations from Armenia and Turkey within the framework of the Programme Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process: Stage Two, financed by the European Union under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP).
Programme aims to empower and engage civil societies of Turkey and Armenia to contribute to the enhanced regional peace and stability, democratic pluralism and social inclusion across and within their societies. This will be achieved through engaging new actors in economic, cultural, educational, and awareness-raising activities between Armenia and Turkey, and improving information flow, communication exchange and networking between media, expert communities and institutions.
This activity takes place within the framework of the Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process programme, funded by the European Union.
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.