The training course aimed at deepening participants’ knowledge, developing their skills and shaping positive opinion and political context on the Armenia-Turkey normalisation process. The objectives of the first training course were:
to promote active citizenship among the participants by motivating them to act as agents of change and opinion leaders in their local communities;
to give an opportunity of sharing experience on non-violent actions and advocacy campaigns, and learning from the best practices and failures;
to create a platform and set ground for future cooperation across the borders by bringing together youth leaders from both countries and equipping them with tools and methods;
to serve as a framework for intercultural dialogue and communication between the participants;
to encourage the participants to contribute to the Armenia-Turkey normalisation process by making an effort in their personal and professional capacities;
to advocate with policy-makers a faster Armenia-Turkey normalisation process.
The training course was based on non-formal education methodology, including work in small groups, debates, discussions, workshops, visits, etc. Contributions from experts in the field of human rights established a theoretical framework and a common reference point for learning and communication, and there were opportunities to meet civic activists who will share their practical experience. The project was adapted to the needs and expectations of the participants.
Talk show with Aron Aji, Director of MFA in Literary Translation Program at the University of Iowa (USA) and the president of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA). The talk is about literary translation, creativity of translation and its peculiarities, as well as Armenia-Turkey joint literary translation initiatives.