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Peace, Democracy and Human Rights

The international youth camp at Lemböte is now in full flow... 40 participants plus leaders from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Makedonia, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom), Romania and Åland (Finland) (and one from Turkey :)) are busy preparing a show and an exhibition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the demilitarisation of Åland. The themes of the week-long camp is democracy, human rights, tolerance and demilitarisation, and we've spent time talking about these issues in work-shops and in walk-and-talk groups. Most of the time though we've been socialising (quite a bit of that socialising has taken place in the sauna) fulfilling what seems to be the participants main expectation before coming to Lemböte - to make lots of new friends!

This page is brought to you by the fabuluos media group and you can here find a diary of each day, short interviews with each of the participants and of course, lots and lots of photos!

Take care everybody and enjoy the remaining time!!!

Funding

The main part of funding comes from EU's Youth Program, Action 1.
We have also received co-financing from the Government of Åland.
Sponsors: Viking Line, Mariepark, Ab Chips Food Oy, The Post Office on Åland, Rundbergs Bil & Service Ab, Koff, Church of Mariehamn, W.J. Dahlman Ab and GeFoto Ab.

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Facts, details and highlights:




Diary

Saturday July 15th, 2006 Groups from Bosnia, Macedonia and Serbia arrived already on Saturday morning (at night). We didn't have any program, but a picnic was arranged in the afternoon to the rocky beaches near Lemböte.

Picknic on the cliffs of Lemböte

Sunday July 16th, 2006 Different people, different states, languages, cultures… lot of differences at one place – Åland, Lemböte camp. Peace, Democracy and Human Rights “lounded” around 60 youths from eight European countries, who travelled more than thousand kilometres by plane, ferry and bus… to participate at this camp.

After official part of working schedule, when group responsibilities about activities, public presentation, public relation etc. were set up, a guided trip to the ruins of Bomarsund Fortress was organised to learn more about the history and beauty of Åland.

At the end of the first day, participants made a joint creative evaluation by drawing their impressions about first day's activities.

The most interesting event of the day was intercultural party made by four countries: Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Northern Ireland. They presented their food, music, dance and culture- all the camp's participants had the opportunity to taste different food, to listen to their music and to learn how to dance Northern Ireland's traditional dance.

When we asked young people in the camp about their expectations, most of them answered that they wanted to meet interesting new people, to learn about other countries and have good fun. After the first day, their expectations were already fulfilled since it was very active, fun and full of different events.

Zeljka - Bosnia and Herzegovina


Graham Robins tells us all about Bomarsund and the Crimean War

Monday 17th July 2006

The day started as usual, with breakfast and working meetings. Then Bosnia Herzegovina and Northern Ireland had their national presentations. The public presentations group initiated a very interesting game, called “the secret friend” in which each person has to surprise their secret friend with nice things, but not let their person find out who it is. They also sorted the groups for the final public presentations.

Everybody got chilled out in the chapel, than a group of experts from different areas visited the camp, and had very interesting discussions on different topics. Graham Robins (archaeologist), Elisabeth Nauclér (loyar), Rhodri Williams (consultant), Robert Jansson (director) and Justina Donielaite (project manager) shared their own experiences and knowledge about human rights, demilitarisation, minority issues, peace and democracy of Åland. All these people militate for peace and the purpose of all these is to put the theoretical issues into practice by working with ordinary people. Everybody's Questions found balanced full answers.

Then people split and went to sauna or to watch a movie. Although we were assigned to sleep with unknown people in the rooms, in order to socialise and make new friends, all this time there were formed small groups of older friends that walked around, swam in the sea, went with the boats or just had fun in the living room.

The rest of it was as usual: great food, new experiences and a lot of fun.

Carmen Perde - Romania

Bosnian food is served

The leaders' meeting: Robert, Jennika, Marsida, Jelena, Evgeny, Dimitrije, David (observator), Lisa, Marja Leena and Nikola

Tuesday 18th July, 2006

My day starts great. I'm on time for breakfast. I get out from my room and I realise that the landscape from Lemböte never lets you down, so quiet, so wonderful. After a short meeting with the working groups the national presentations begun. Up for presenting today was Åland and Romania, my two beloved homes.

Åland told everyone about the activities of the Peace Institute and also made a short sketch to teach us about conflict management in the sauna. The programme continued with the Romanian presentation. We got to see the natural beauties of Romania and also heard about the local issues that they deal with, among others the problem of engaging local youth in local issues.

Reenergised by lunch we walked off in the walk and talk groups to discuss cultural prejudices.

There was no time to waist after dinner before Åland, Romania, Serbia and Bosnia started cooking in the kitchen. Great food, both traditional and modern music were the highlights of the evening. The party continued in the kitchen cleaning and doing the dishes.

The people who were enjoying the sauna found by the sea some shoes of the Northern Irish club and one Romanian girl that had quietly gone missing.

It was late in the night when we all decided to go to sleep.

Good night everyone!!!

Andreea Bolos - Åland

Experts: Rhodri Williams, Robert Jansson, Elisabeth Nauclér,Graham Robins and Justina Donielaite

Daily evaluation. Lenita (volunteer), Geta and Dimitrije.

Wednesday 19th July, 2006
Day 4 in the Big Lemböte Camp

The day started early for some of the campers when they woke early to retrieve a boat they had moored up elsewhere after a joint Northern Irish and Romanian navigational mission went horribly wrong. For the rest, the day started as normal, with almost everyone up in time for breakfast.

After a game of musical chairs, Serbia and Macedonia gave their presentations about their work for in peace in each country. The presentations were finished off by a promotional video of Macedonia to give everyone an impression of how the country looks and it's old traditions.

A hearty lunch was followed by a walk and talk about today's theme of human rights. Planning for Friday's presentation and play in Mariehamn dominated the rest of the afternoon.

Once we had our soup and bread for tea, many of the participants watched the human rights film ‘Lilja 4-ever .' The traditional sauna followed by a very interesting and emotional discussion of Human Rights, heated by the contents of the film. Meanwhile the Northern Irish had a wee cheesy 90's disco in dorm 1.

Everyone went to bed with something to think about, human rights, human trafficking, and prostitution of just 90's music!

Nice people from Bosnia and Serbia

On the sea shore: Nikola, Zeljka and Robert

"Peace is not only absence of war, it is presence of active justice." Alan Boesak

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Tests, games, roleplays...

Important for the participants:

  • We want all the participants to test their knowledge about Human Rights.
  • We hope that you all will read and sign UNESCO's Manifesto 2000 for a culture of peace and non-violence.
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Working groups

Presentation of the working groups

We had 6 working groups with responsibility in different areas:

  1. Activity group organised the walk and talk, icebreakers, enegizers, mediation and sauna.
  2. Evaluation group worked with daily and final evaluation.
  3. Media group documented the camp activities, worked with the website and informed the press of the camp.
  4. Program group worked to create a smotthly running program with workshops, meetings and the evening program.
  5. Public presentation group organised the work for the presentation at the Market Place in Mariehamn and produced the exhibition.
  6. Leading group planned the next meeting, worked with the budget and supported the other groups when needed.

Participants

JOVANA DJUROVIC

JANE DUNDAS

DORIAN DERVISHI

KALINA ZAFIROVA

SHAMSEDIN ILJAZI

GEORGETA PLES

VIKTOR FORSMAN

PANE STOJICIC

ANILA CELA

KAROLINA SJÖLUND

MARTIN DZUTESKI

MILKA VUKOBRATOVIC

STEFAN – CIPRIAN AIONESCI

MIRA NJENJIC

SVETOZAR DASKALOV

HEIDI ÖST

ANDREEA BOLOS

DAVID GARLAND

CARMEN PERDE

AUREL AMZAI

KRASIMIR STAMOV

MARSIDA DUKA

TIHANA SMILJANIC

ZELJKA ZOLJA

FIONA CRUDDEN

INA MALANCA

KLODIAN NUSHI

MARIYA KOLEVA

MLADEN PROTIC

ÖZGÜR DUNYA SARISOY

TIJANA KABIC

TOMI PERESKI

ULRIKA NAVIER

PAULA-MARCELA HANDREA

JOVANA MIJIC

TAMARA MUKOSKA

LORENA HEBIBASI

TONKA KIRILOVA

NEMANJA TENJOVIC

LINUS STRANDBERG

DIMITRIJE OSTOJIC

EVGENY IVANOV

JELENA PROTIC

JENNIKA KULLMAN

LISA REA

MARJA LEENA MAGNUSSON

MARSICA CELA

NIKOLA KUKUNES

ROBERT FARCZADI

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