On July 12, 2020, the official opening ceremony of the Progressing Youth Participation in Armenia on Governance and Peace project took place at the Geological Museum and Art Gallery of Dilijan.
Mrs. Judith Margaret Farnworth, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Great Britain in Armenia, Hayk Chobanyan, the governor of Tavush region, Armen Santrosyan, the leader of Dilijan community, representatives from local self-governing bodies, from local/regional NGOs and educational institutions, experts in the field, as well as, British partners were present at the event.
Artur Ghazaryan, the President of YCCD NGO, made a welcoming speech to the event, presenting the purpose and two main components of the project:
- Qualitative research to reveal the perceptions and expectations of youth on youth participation in peacebuilding and decision-making processes.
- Training course on the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 for the youth of Tavush region
Craig Oliphant, the representative of the Peaceful Change Initiatives (PCi) international NGO, spoke about the importance of the resolution and about the active participation of youth in decision-making processes, highlighting the importance of community development, youth activism and trust in making substantial changes.
Hayk Chobanyan, the governor of Tavush region, and Judith Margaret Farnworth, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Great Britain in Armenia, highlighted in their speech about the importance of community projects, youth role in the current situation, youth participation in the development of the country and, especially, in peacebuilding.
An educational quiz on youth policy, on various historical facts, events and management systems of Armenia and Great Britain was organized in the second part of the event. Later on, the ambassador awarded the three winners of the quiz with beautiful souvenirs.
Progressing “Youth Participation in Armenia on Governance and Peace” project is implemented by “Youth Cooperation Center of Dilijan” NGO and “Peaceful Change Initiatives” (PCi) NGO with the support of “UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund” (CSSF).