Yavas Gamats 2014-2015

Due to the extraordinary conditions in Turkey, we have postponed Yavaş-Gamats Summer School, which was planned to be held on August 1-7 2016, to a later date. The summer school is organized to support the intercommunal process of building trust and reconciliation between communities of Turkey and Armenia. The new date will be announced.

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1-7 August 2016 in Istanbul 

Helsinki Citizens' Assembly (hCa) in Istanbul, Turkey & Vanadzor, Armenia organise YavasGamats Summer Schools for teachers and teacher candidates from Armenia and Turkey. The 7-day programme includes thematic lectures by scholars from a range of disciplines, authors, journalists and film-makers from Armenia and Turkey. A major part of the program is made up of workshops, roundtable discussions, group work sessions, a language “crash-course” in Armenian/Turkish and film screenings aimed to widen the perspectives of participants, while strengthening their skills in conflict transformation.

Who can apply?
→ Teachers in active, professional practice up to 5 years, in primary & secondary education (class teachers or branch teachers)
→ University Students in the Education Faculties
from Armenia and Turkey.

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Another YavaşGamats School took place, this time in autumn, on November 18-22, 2015, in Dilijan town, Armenia. By the time the Armenian participants reached the place where the School was to be held, some of our Turkish colleagues and participants had already managed to see the town, visited Haghartsin monastery and enjoyed having a rest in the open air there. This has already been the fourth School. The first one took place in 2005. Then there was a lengthy break in Armenian-Turkish relations on this level as well, which were supported by HCA Vanadzor and HCA Turkey /Istanbul/. The other two School Programs took place in 2014 and 2015, in Turkey and Armenia, respectively. This time, the Program was held in Armenia again and was attended by 20 teachers and students of educational institutions from various regions of Turkey and Armenia. This School Program mostly targeted teaching of history and historiography. The 5-day Program covered lectures by Armenian and Turkish historians, history and literature teachers and instructors on the significant role of teachers in teaching history and literature, as well as of educational systems of both countries, and details on depicting Turks and Armenians in Armenian and Turkish history textbooks. The lectures were accompanied by discussions.

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9-16 August 2015 in Armenia
Helsinki Citizens' Assembly (hCa) in Istanbul, Turkey & Vanadzor, Armenia organise YavasGamats Summer Schools for teachers and teacher candidates from Armenia and Turkey.  The first round of Yavas-Gamats summer school for the participation of young  teachers and teacher candidates from Turkey and Armenia was organized in 2014, in Kocaeli Turkey, with the aim to contribute to confidence-building between the two societies. Please see: http://www.yavasgamats.org

The second round of hCa Yavas-Gamats Summer School will be held on 9-16 August 2015 in Armenia. The 7-day programme includes thematic lectures by scholars from a range of disciplines, authors, journalists and film-makers from Armenia and Turkey. A major part of the program is made up of workshops, roundtable discussions, group work sessions, a language “crash-course” in Armenian/Turkish and film screenings aimed to widen the perspectives of participants, while strengthening their skills in conflict transformation.

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Helsinki Citizens' Assembly (hCa) Vanadzor in partnership with Helsinki Citizens' Assembly Turkey (Istanbul), organise YavasGamats School for 20 (10 from each country) teachers and teacher candidates from Armenia and Turkey. The previous Yavas-Gamats summer schools for the participation of young  teachers and teacher candidates from Turkey and Armenia were organized in 2014, in Kocaeli, Turkey and in 2015 in Aghveran, Armenia, with the aim to contribute to confidence-building between the two societies. Please see:  http://www.yavasgamats.org  

Another hCa Yavas-Gamats School will be held on 18-22 November 2015 in Armenia. The 5-day programme includes thematic lectures by scholars from a range of disciplines, historians, authors, journalists and film-makers from Armenia and Turkey. The purpose of the School is to contribute to confidence-building between the two societies and strengthen the Armenia-Turkey reconciliation process at the educational level. 

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Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalisation Process is a programme implemented by a Consortium of eight civil society organisations from both countries with the financial assistance of the European Union under the Instrument for Stability

The overall objective of the programme is to promote civil society efforts towards the normalisation of relations between Turkey and Armenia and towards an open border by enhancing people-to-people contacts, expanding economic and business links, promoting cultural and educational activities and facilitating access to balanced information in both societies. 

The Consortium partners include Civilitas Foundation (CF), Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF), Public Journalism Club (PJC), Regional Studies Center (RSC) from Armenia; and Anadolu Kültür, the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (hCa), and Hrant Dink Foundation from Turkey.  The programme will include a series of activities such as media support, TV talk shows and citizen reporting to contribute to better mutual understanding.

The programme will also include travelling discussions; workshops and trainings for youth and teachers; exchange of artists, architects, and entrepreneurs; fellowship opportunities and travel support to enhance encounters and cooperation across the border. Research on business and economic opportunities; celebrity discussions about the past; and opinion exchanges of high-level former officials will also be a part of the programme. 

One of the main pillars of the Programme is inclusiveness – to engage and support new actors in the dialogue process. To this end, the Consortium created a Grant Scheme to invite individuals and civil society organisations from Armenia and Turkey - other than the Consortium members - to propose and implement their own project ideas, which will contribute to the overall objective of the Programme and multiply the shared outcomes. 

The results of all activities will be shared with the public through the trilingual website, which will serve as a networking tool featuring the overall picture of the past, current, and future developments in Armenia-Turkey dialogue initiatives. 

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