Good morning, world!
It’s such a beautiful and sunny winter day! Well, somebody wished it could be a snowy day but for now it’s not and we enjoy the sun in the garden in front of the hotel. We have slept just a few hours because of the “spinning out” of the Intercultural Night but at least it was worth it, and so we’re ready to go on with the program!
The first big subject of the day is “identity”: we started focusing on our own individual identity to arrive to debate on diversities between everyone’s identity and what it concretely means. But we don’t like the ordinary kind of lesson, you know, we prefer active options to boring monologue, so we are already used to discuss all together, to share opinions and to stand up and practice.
So the trainers, Laura and Sebastian gave to all participants (put in a line at the bottom of the room) a little paper where they could find a new and different identity for each one: for example “you are a ” “ and so on. Then Laura started reading some sentences about various events of daily life: for example “take part to the elections”, “invite friends at home for dinner” and so on. The task was to take a step forward every time the person that you represent, according to the paper, was able to do that activity in daily life, otherwise you had to stand still.
“In this activity I’ve had the role of a director and I could realize why I was going on and on and other people were remaining back… I mean, I had a lot of people in my back! What would change if I would be in their shoes?! I think this was really useful to open your mind.” says Mariam from Georgia.
Now we are working in groups: the previous reflections are the starting point for a new debate: which problems do youth face in your country? From this discussion, the guys arrived to three topics and they represented them in a sort of “living sculpture” in order to show to the other groups the results of their reflections.
The groups were divided on the basis of geographical area: two groups included people from the European Union and the other two from the Eastern Europe and Caucasus, just in order to see if in the same area we can speak more or less about the same problems.
Unfortunately we saw that, irrespective of geographic area, youth unemployment is a common problem for every country. Even brain drain, the emigration of individuals with technical skills or knowledge, is a common reality for the most of the areas.
“It was really interesting to know problems from other countries. It was difficult to recreate the whole complexity of a problem in only one image, it’s reductive and you need to tell more, but we had to be concise! I like doing something active, I always prefer it to sitting on a chair, and it was funny even to see how the other groups decided to show their problems.” says Alina from Germany.
Time flies and even today we are at the end of the sessions, it’s time to self-evaluate the work of the day but there’s one more surprise for us… When we opened the door to go out from the seminary room it was already dark but everything was white!
Finally we have snow in Bakuriani!!!