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Jul 31 2014

2014.01-3

2014.01 Create an Everlasting Change

Theme: The Project is a training course for youth workers, leaders and trainers about using strategic intervention as a tool for the art of leadership in NGO management to achieve effective volunteerism active citizenship, economic empowerment, political participating and conflict management in society.

Name: Create an Everlasting Change  Duration: 17-24 January 2014   Location: Luxor and Aswan, Egypt
Organizers: Power No Borders  Supporters: EuroMed Youth  
Romanian participants: Denisa Paunescu (F); Adrian Cocardan (M)  

Objectives of our training:
-To provide youth leaders with knowledge and tools required for achieving desired changes in our society by providing trainers with skills required for this.
-To promote economic empowerment through providing the intervention skills required for youth by NGO youth leaders.
-To promote young people to build their active citizenship
-By strategic intervention, we can learn many skills required for developing the society and serving our community creating everlasting changes.
-Acquiring conflict management skills through strategic intervention, especially in times of crisis
-To promote volunteering in our society by providing trainers with skills required for this.
-Developing the international learning, multicultural society and the cooperation among the EuroMed region
-To break stereotypes and prejudice among different cultures and fight xenophobia and racism.


Egypt – January, 2014. About 28 degrees. Sun & desert.
It was the first time for me out of Europe. Few days passed and from time to time I still remember Egypt. A country that at first glance I “loved” and “hated” at the same time. I loved the weather (endless summer), the fresh mango juice, the cheap fruits and vegetables from markets, the colorful jewelry and spices that you can find in the noisy bazaar, the people who wanted to have a picture with you, the way that they “move” their bodies (in a lazy way). The music that you can hear on the streets or radio stations is so similar with what we know in our country as “manele”. The most clothes that people wear are colorful and shiny (both of them in the same time). I felt in Egypt that the time passed not that fast and that I am in the Aladdin or 1001 Arabian Nights cartoons. From outside, as a tourist, people look lazy; it was common to see on the street, more than once time, people, standing by themselves and “doing nothing”, as in a kind of meditation but in a public and noisy place. The worst traffic jam that I saw in my life was in Cairo… people look like they drive without having rules. No police. Children driving. People up on cars. Animals on the street. On the beginning I did not feel safe. After few hours, I started to understand the “informal” rules. The air in Cairo is not as fresh as I like to be. But Egypt is not only Cairo. I visited also Aswan and Luxor and there the air is much better. You will notice that you are in a Muslim country from the way that woman dress; or when you will hear the calling at praying. This was, somehow, “exotic” for me but in the same time unfamiliar. Wearing a short dress in a crowd with women who wear long dresses will make you feel as an outsider. But this is not a reason to not visit Egypt. There are so many “supercalifragilistic” things that will be good for your “soul” to see and discover by your own self. And I did not say anything about the pyramids. Or the temples. Or the desert. Or the pharaohs. All of us learned, more or less about them in school. But when you will see them it will be much better that reading about. (Denisa Paunescu)