5.10.2008 Lublin Europe and Caucasus: youth, media, education Community Media Centre

How can young people improve their education using new forms of learning in Europe and how can one make new contacts with community media centres in Poland, Germany and Ukraine. This is what the participants will discuss during the conference „Europe and Caucasus: youth, media, education” which will take place on the 5th of October, 2008 at the Caucasus University in Tbilisi.

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The Caucasus University in collaboration with the Georgian youth organization ERTOBA invite all interested students who study journalism and international relations, as well as leaders, employees and volunteers of the youth NGOs to get aquainted with the programme offer presented by the European institutions of non-formal education. The programme of the conference presupposes the presentation of the European Commisssion Programme „Youth in Action” and discussions on the topics of the political education, as well as media and citizens education programmes which are realized by the Foundation Nowy Staw from Poland, Bennohaus from Germany, Centre Nasha Sprava from Ukraine, ERTOBA and European Association Youth4Media e.V.

„Young Georgians, Armenians and Azerbajani will take part in the conference. Next year we would like to cooperate with these youngsters in the spheres of political education and media. We want to create a porogramme of the political education „Academy of Democracy” for Georgia. That’s why an agreement with the University in Tibilisi was signed in September. The second programme is a variety of seminars and trainings on journalism for the citizens of the Caucasus countries as well as cooperation for the creating of the European community TV programm via Internet” – tells Michal Wojcik, the coordinator of the project.

Conference in Tibilisi is organized by the European Meeting Centre – Nowy Staw Foundation, ERTOBA and the Caucasus University and is taking place in the framework of Free Media Bridges from East to West project.

Free Media Bridges is an international two-year media initiative promoting cooperation and dialogue among young people in Europe. It is designed to encourage active participation and involve young people in non-formal education projects, youth initiatives as well as in creating their own TV. It provides trainings for youth workers, international media workshops, regional conferences in East Europe and what's the most important: production of the European web TV program Prioritaire!

This initiative provides young people the opportunity to express themselfs creatively and explore ideas, experiences and communicate the mentioned above to the public. It gives a chance to create community webTV – open for everyone. Aim of the Free Media Bridges is to bring Europe closer to the youth. The project involves young people from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, France, Poland and Ukraine.

The project is supported by the European Union.
It is granted by the Education, Audiovisual&Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission.