Sloviansk hosts Youth Festival supported by the European Union and UNICEF

On 25 April, Sloviansk hosted the ‘MEGaFEST 2019’ Inter-Regional Youth Festival.

26 April 2019
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On 25 April, Sloviansk hosted the ‘MEGaFEST 2019’ Inter-Regional Youth Festival. It was organized in the framework of the ‘Young Energy of Communities’ small grant project, which is being implemented by Zadzerkallia Sloviansk Culture Centre with support from the European Union and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

At the festival, a total of 50 winners of project funding and their mentors presented their accomplishments, including on environmental initiatives; awareness raising on gender equality, security on the Internet and other socially burning concerns; working with children with disabilities; establishing skate parks and a DJ school; and other issues.

The attendees participated in sports competitions and environment-themed quests, gained new knowledge at the project management workshop, received inspiration during the art-party and took part in many more activities.

“Participation in our project encourages teenagers, young people and local residents of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts to engage in civic activities and promotes social integration, cohesion, reconciliation and awareness raising. The youth initiatives that received grants in the first stage of the competition were for conducting socially meaningful activities for their communities. The initiatives in the second stage are aimed at improving the social cohesion of children in schools,” said Oleksandr Kashlakov, Head of Zadzerkallia Sloviansk Culture Centre.

The goal of the ‘Young Energy of Communities’ project is to mobilize young people to engage in the development of local communities in eastern Ukraine. The project was launched in June 2018, and since then over 400 applications have been received from young people from Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. A total of 60 applicants from 35 municipalities received grants of up to UAH50,000 each to implement their ideas.

“Last year, UNICEF launched the new ‘Generation Unlimited’ global programme in support of young people. The purpose of this programme is to bring together governments, businesses and international organizations to ensure that young people receive life skills and become active citizens. One of the priorities is to develop solutions with young people and look for innovative ideas that will change society. Giving boys and girls the chance to develop their own solutions and projects is one of the most effective methods for young people to develop skills and find new approaches to the development of their communities. This is how the ‘Young Energy of Communities’ competition works,” stressed Liliya Lyubomudrova, Youth Programme Coordinator at UNICEF Ukraine.

Reference information
The European Union
 is made up of 28 Member States and their peoples. It is a unique political and economic partnership based on the values of respect to human dignity, freedom, equality, rule of law and human rights. It took us over 50 years to build a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with the EU neighbour countries, their peoples and peoples beyond its borders.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

NGO Zadzerkallia Sloviansk Culture Centre was established in 2005 and promotes the creation of new opportunities for children and youth. The main directions of its activities are social, arts and environmental action; implementation of creative social and cultural projects; development of informal education; promotion and protection of human rights; promoting the balanced development of territorial communities; and establishment and support of cultural institutions, youth centres, clubs, studios and spaces.

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UNICEF in Ukraine

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Youth Festival in Slovyansk 

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