The «Unity in diversity» – is Ukraine’s first program, which is aimed at breaking stereotypes among young people of the Eastern, Southern and Western regions of Ukraine.
«Now we have a lot of confusion among the public perception of each other in the East and West. First of all, it concerns the linguistic and historical aspects. However, the most common stereotype is about the vector of the future: «Western Ukraine plans to be in Europe and the East – in Russia», – this was informed by PR- manager of the NGO «Youth Alternative» Natalia Volosova during a press briefing in the Ukraine Crisis Media Center.
She said the program is aimed primarily at the younger generation, as the layer of the population most vulnerable to stereotypes.
The «Unity in diversity» project includes eight three-day trips for young people from Lviv, Ternopil, Chernivtsi, Lutsk, Ivano-Frankivsk. The project also involves Odessa, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhya, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
«For six months, we collected over 500 wanting young people, teachers of schools and universities», – said the chairman of the Public Association «Youth Alternative» Lyudmila Kudina. Thus, within 24 days of community activists were conducting historical workshops, discussions and excursions. «We also organized a dialogue of the youth with authority. Among the proposals of the students was the development of the exchange program between universities of different regions and involvement of young people to issues of formation of the educational process», – added Natalia Volosova.
NGO «Youth Alternative» plans to hold such projects in the future. The three-day trips to the destruction of stereotypes are planned for the next year.
In order to become a member of the project one needs to fill in the questionnaire on the website of the NGO “Youth Alternative». Participants’ age must be between 18-28 years. “After the trip, we invite all participants to attend of briefings and press conferences in their own cities to share experiences and wishes for the future cooperation”, – summed up Lyudmila Kudina.
Source: Ukraine Crisis Media Center