Wednesday, 21 January 2009

FWC hosts Kyrgyzstan and Kazahstan Study Visit to Cyprus

In the context of the EU-funded project ‘Strengthening of youth civil society initiatives through EU and neighbouring countries' networking’, a group of 10 youth representatives from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan will participate in a 2-week study visit to Cyprus. The project aims to provide opportunities for young people in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan to build their leadership knowledge skills and attitudes for participation in community life and decision making, and to bring EU democratic principles and values closer to the Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan youth through various capacity building, share of experience and partnership building and networking activities with Greek and Cyprus youth.

Aim of Study Visit
The aim of this study visit is for the Kyrgyz and Kazakh youth to get new ideas and understanding about local youth work in Cyprus and the EU and also to create links and partnerships for developing joint youth projects in the future. The study visit will include leadership training, meetings with Cypriot youth organizations and volunteers, the Nicosia Municipality, representatives of the European Commission, as well as cultural institutions.

Three of the participants are members of the youth committee coordinated by Association for Societies “Baspana’, based in Almaty/ Kazakhstan, and seven participants are members of the youth committee coordinated by Development Cooperation in Central Asia (DCCA). All of the participants have participated in local trainings on volunteerism, project management, public relations/ communications and youth activism. One of their follow-up activities will be to set up their own youth NGO to promote democratic principles and youth activism among their own communities.

For further information contact Kerstin Wittig.

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