YouthMed

Youthmed is an international network of students, young people and activists that has aim of creating a Mediterranean Young Generation, removing ideological barriers and obstacles towards the Mediterranean cooperation.

The organization aims to involve students and young activists in Mediterranean region, with a global perspective on the role of mobility, cultural exchanges and projects design based on the need and value of mutual understanding through dialogue and innovative models of communication.
 Main objectives pursued by Youthmed:
-To promote knowledge, understanding, intercultural and interreligious dialogue;
-To strengthen research, collaboration and meeting between students and researchers of the Universities of the Mediterranean area, through a continuous exchange of knowledge and skills;
-To organize mobility programs for young people and joint projects between activists in the Mediterranean region;
-To foster the involvement of civil societies, supporting the wider participation of Universities to the society as a whole, aimed at the integration of different cultures and education to the values of peace, civil and human rights.
Main achievements:
  • Youthmed (born as UNIMED-Students) was established in 2010
  • In this regard, in 2012, our first opportunity was at Aydin University in Istanbul, where we run the I° Forum of Unimed-students, that involved more than sixty students from the Mediterranean region, and was focused on Mobility of students.
  • In 2013 we had the great chance of organizing the Summer School at Reggio Calabria, focused on “Active citizenship and young participation in the Mediterranean region”, that hosted 100 students from 16 different countries and 30 Universities. The seminar has been intended to develop long-term projects, partnerships and a network of students and activists keen on a sense of active citizenship and on active participation as a basis for social cooperation. Through this seminar Youthmed provided participants with the necessary tools and knowledge to strengthen the identity of Mediterranean people and to promote active citizenship and mobility programs in the Mediterranean Region.
  • Interview to dr. Adel Manna, director of the Academic Institute for Arab Teacher Training at Beit Berl College and Uri Bar-Joseph, professor in the Department for International Relations of The School for Political Science at Haifa University, within the framework of the Conference “1973” organized and held by the University “L’Orientale” on October 23th and 24th, 2013. 

Summer School 2013:
The seminar has been intended to answer to the following questions:

  1. What do the words “Active Citizenship” concretely mean for our everyday life?
  2. Does a Mediterranean region with is own culture and identity really exist? Does it mak sense to speak about a “New Mediterranean Generation”?
  3. What should be the essence and the final objective od young cooperation for the Mediterranean region?

In order to get to a common output, we went troght 5 days of  Conferences (to provide the participants with the basic knowledge of the political, economic and social situation of the Mediterranean area and to increase the awareness of the participants about the shared history and identity of the region as a basis for dialogue and cooperation), Workshops (in order to debate and discuss the questions we mentioned above, to share best practices and to know how to pursue active citizenship, with a special thank to the participation of some of the leaders and activists from the several associations involved) and, least but not last, Free time to have the possibility to know each other, to have fun together, and to make this summer school a unique experience at human level.

Conferences:

  1. “The Mediterranean between History and Identity”
  2. “Common Heritage: Mediterranean Culture of Music, Film, Literature and visual Arts”
  3. “Active Citizenship and Revolts in the Arab Countries and in Turkey: Social Realities in Comparison”

Workshops:

  1. “Active Citizenship and protection of Human Rights: which tools?”
  2. “Networking and Mobility: which obstacles and which opportunities?”
  3. “Social Partecipation and new technologies: which perspectives?”

Please visit www.youthmed.net

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