11 July Thursday

Young People Discover Beauty of Southern Turkey with IMM

Young people living in Istanbul, but never been to their hometown, discovered the beauties of Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey.

The project called “Colors of Turkey and Identities of Istanbul” organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) and supported by the EU Center for Education and Youth Programs for the Southeastern Anatolia Region has ended last week.

"Colors of Turkey - Identities of Istanbul Project" was implemented for young people who are socio-economically disadvantaged due to poverty, loss of family and fleeing. The project has been prepared for the purpose of preserving and sustaining the cultural diversity which is an important aspect of the identity of being Istanbulities by enabling young people to meet with their cultural identities and it was supported by EU Center for Education and Youth Programs.

The project was prepared by the IMM and Istanbul Governorship, Adana Metropolitan Municipality, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, Sorgun Youth Association, and Gençbirder became partners and Turkish Airlines also became the sponsor of the project.

The project, which brings together young people from different local cultures, recognizes each other's cultural heritage, respects differences and creates awareness about being tolerant individuals and it will contribute to the establishment of intergenerational dialogue in youth work.

The first stop of the young people who set out for the Southeastern Anatolia on June 30, 2019, was Gaziantep province. Young people who visited a cave called “Sulu Cave” in Gaziantep (”Antep the Veteran”), and they watched the hemp-twisting work there, then they visited the famous “Mekki Kutnu Weaving Workshop” and toured the historical bazaar of the city. The participants of the project, who had the chance to photograph the works of copper and tin masters and they saw closely the traditional soap production in Nizip.

After visiting Halfeti, famous for its flooded villages and Greek fortress, the participants visited the Ataturk Dam on the Euphrates River, Balikli Lake (Sacred Lake), Historical Bazaar and Harran Kümbet Houses in Şanlıurfa.

In the evening, young people participated in the Traditional Sohbet Meetings; “Sıra Gecesi” organized for guests and the next day, they toured Mount Nemrut, Karakus Tumulus, one of the most important symbols of Southeastern Anatolia. Also, visitors who took the pictures of Cendere Bridge in the sunset and they distributed toys to children in Ceylanpınar and Damlacık Village.

The project, which brings together young people from different local cultures, recognizes each other's cultural heritage, respects differences and creates awareness about being tolerant individuals and it will contribute to the establishment of intergenerational dialogue in youth work.

As part of the project, a total of 120 hours of photography training is organized in the first stage of the project. The young people from Eastern Anatolia and Central Anatolia of Turkey are participating in the training in the first place. As part of the project which has 84 participants including volunteers, will also include practical photography lessons for young people in addition to the theoretical lessons in the classroom. 

The project consisting of 24 months was prepared by the IMM and Istanbul Governorship, Adana Metropolitan Municipality, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, Sorgun Youth Association, and Gençbirder became partners and Turkish Airlines also became the sponsor of the project. The next visit destination will be the Aegean region.

At the end of the project, covering all regions of Turkey will open an exhibition of photographs taken by young people.










 


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