Youth Dialogue is… you, me, all of us

A youth capacity building project co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by  EDIW (Education of an Interdependent World), Youth for Dialogue is Inclusion. It is Participation and Democratic values. It is Peace and Leadership. 

Youth for Dialogue is  embracing  the world …  From Mexico, Dominican Republic and Bolivia,  crossing the Atlantic to Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and south  to the Democratic Republic of Congo,  to the east,  India and the Philippines.  Also joining us came young people from Russia, Poland, and Portugal. 

Youth for Dialogue are people, stories and actions of future youth leaders in an interdependent world. 

On July 14 of 2019 we bid farewell to two years of work with the Y4D project after a week in which we held the last International Seminar. Representatives of all the partner organisations gathered in Brussels to say goodbye to a period of learning, dialogue and action. There were four main areas that guided the activities that were carried out over the week.

Mrs. Ute Haller-Block, Head of the Erasmus+ Department: Sport, Youth and EU Aid Volunteers opened the five-day seminar way with the introductions of different participating groups.

The first days were spent closing the fourth semester dedicated to dialogue for peace and conflict resolution. Each group had chosen a conflict to work on and presented the peace actions that had been done in that regard. At the end, the whole group met to create a list of common breaks and drivers in the different conflict contexts. 

One of the results of the project is going to be a book that we are writing together. Because of this, time was given for the opportunity to work by groups in the 5 chapters that will compose it. 

Being in the European capital provided the opportunity to visit the European Commission and Parliament in the morning and the Parliamentarium and the House of European History after lunch at Chez Léon, one of the most typical restaurants in the city centre,  and followed right after with  a short sightseeing tour of the city. .

Last but not least, we simulated a UN session on climate change. We divided into small groups to represent both countries and organizations chosen for their differences in positions on the issue.  After intense debate and negotiations among the different interest groups and countries we represented, we passed a resolution that served as our contribution solicited by the UN from  the youth constituency of the Teresian Association,  one of the NGOs with consultative status in the ECOSOC.   

We cannot forget the after-dinner gatherings in which we shared traditions and reflections, ideas and songs, projects and games … Fun and unforgettable moments

We are convinced that the goodbye we said to each other is a simple see you soon and that we will continue to see each other and work together on the ideas that Y4D has seeded in our paths. 

To Youth for Dialogue and all the people who have made it a success, a big and huge THANK YOU!

Arantzazu Aizpurua Arconada, EDIW intern and Youth for Dialogue participant.

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