YMDRAB - Bulgaria is developing a new project
Our member movement, YMDRAB - Bulgaria, is developing a new and very interesting project called “Stronger together: youth collaboration for interreligious solidarity”, with the help of the European Youth Foundation (CoE).
In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the continuous interreligious tensions in the Middle East and the burdens of the Bulgarian history, YMDRAB is organizing a youth project focused on the prevention and peaceful transformation of interreligious conflicts in the Bulgarian rural areas.
Led by the sincere desire to contribute to the well-being of the Bulgarian rural youth (irrespective of religion), YMDRAB in cooperation with institutions and supported by like-minded organisations applied and received funding from the European Youth Foundation (CoE) for the project “Stronger together: youth collaboration for interreligious solidarity”. Its main aim is the prevention and peaceful transformation of interreligious conflicts between young people living in the Bulgarian rural areas.
The main project activity is a one week collaboration event taking place between 3rd July and 10th July in the village of Kranevo, Bulgaria. The event will bring together 26 rural youngsters from the municipalities of Botevgrad (mainly Christian) and Ardino (mainly Muslim), young people that have fewer opportunities for volunteering and lack of access to non-formal education. During the event the participants will have the chance to reflect on the stereotypes and prejudice that lead to interreligious conflicts. Furthermore, the program will allow developing awareness and understanding of the concepts of human and social rights as well as the underlying personal responsibilities. Eventually, the participants will also be able to reflect and identify set of actions that could contribute to the prevention and peaceful transformation of interreligious conflicts in their local communities. In the end of the event, a position paper will be developed outlining the results of the project, which will be then used as an advocacy tool by YMDRAB. In parallel to that, action groups will be established in the local communities of the participants, which will act as a moving force for the implementation of an effective follow-up.
We hope that together with the support from the European Youth Foundation we will be able to implement this project and contribute for the prevention and peaceful transformation of interreligious conflicts in the Bulgarian rural areas.
The YMDRAB Team