Wednesday 22 February
|Training Session “Youth and Tolerance”, Novosibirsk, 21 March 2009|
|Written by Alex|
From 20th to 21st March 2009, a training session on the problems of xenophobia, racism and extremism among youth was held in Novosibirsk. The
Seminar conducted by the Centre for Interethnic Cooperation has brought together representatives of national youth movements and organizations of Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Irkutsk.
On 21st March Novosibirsk celebrated Navruz - traditional spring festival symbolising the beginning of a new year for Iranian, Caucasian and Turkish people. So that is how it all started - with a Saturday afternoon celebration. The residents and guests of Novosibirsk were brought together in The House of National Cultures named after Zavolokin, where artists of various nationalities prepared a festive concert.
One could enthusiastically support the local athletes participating in the national wrestling - Kuresh. What is more, everyone was eagerly trying on national costumes and admiring the photo and household items exhibition. While in front of the House of National Cultures building the mass festivities started. Yurt, girls in national costumes, pilaff, bonfire of friendship, tug of war, jumping in the bags competition - everyone found something for their own tastes.
After having received a charge of energy and festive mood in Navruz, we went back to the House of National Cultures, where the seminar was held. In Europe, the 21st March is the international day against racism and xenophobia. While in Novosibirsk it became the day to get together for all Armenians, Bashkir, Tatar, Azeri, Russian, Belarusian, Yakut, Koreans and many others and discuss the issues of tolerance, assimilation, social insecurity and loss of national characteristics.
While working in groups the young people were expressing the problems concerning them:
Group No. 1
1. Housing problems.
Group No. 2
Group No. 3
1. Social problems
Group No. 4
After a lengthy and lively discussion about the life of young people, tolerance, xenophobia and about how one could enjoy the unity and diversity of the world, Ashot Ayrapetyan invited to answer the question "Why is tolerance profitable?".
The results were these:
Group No. 2
Group No 3.
Group No. 4
Tolerance - the respect for different social groups.
1. Spiritual growth.
2. Intellectual growth.
3. The development of society as a whole.
4. A successful man in demand.
5. Life becomes more interesting.
6. Extended circles of communication.
7. Improving the gene pool.
The whole training was permeated with the spirit of unity and a warm friendly atmosphere.