Unity in diversity or How Transcarpathia was destroying stereotypes of the guests from the East and South of Ukraine (PHOTO)

9 June 2015 17:23  253100893 0101900
Unity in diversity

0 young people from Luhansk, Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa, Izmail and other cities in South-Eastern Ukraine during their three days stay in the westernmost region of our country had their view of life, mentality and life of Transcarpathians radically changed.


On June 5, the Transcarpathian Regional Universal Scientific Library hospitably opened its doors to meet visitors from the most remote corners of Ukraine under the project "Unity in diversity", organized by the NGO "Youth Alternative" (Kyiv) in partnership with the Charitable Foundation "Center of Public Initiatives" (Perechyn).After morning coffee and tea in the library, part of the delegation went to the Slovyanska embankment for live broadcast of the television show "Morning on the Tisa", where they shared their expectations of staying in Transcarpathia.

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The project participants, librarian Yevhenia Napuda and host of the "Morning on the Tisa" Bohdana Tsoka charge Transcarpathian viewers with a good mood.

After returning to the library, the guests were introduced to the activities of the library in the last year, told about unusual events that are held here. It was the first destroyed stereotype of young Ukrainians about Transcarpathia. And then all went to Beregovo, where they were introduced to the work of the Center for Training and Development "Advance" and personally saw and heard how peacefully Hungarian and Ukrainian-speaking Transcarpathians live together.

"I was extremely impressed by Transcarpathian villages. Tidy houses, clean yards.I understand how far Kharkiv is from tolerance and patriotism. And here everyone loves and cares for their land, people speak different languages, but do not make problem of it", - Oleksandra Budarina from Kharkiv says.

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Team of the project participants

Mukachevo castle "Palanok" and then Perechyn impressed the visitors no less. In Perechyn, the project participants attended several trainings, including: "Communication, stereotypes, manipulation, conflicts", "Decentralization of power: perspectives and reality", "Youth and elections".  Another stereotype was destroyed by Andriy Vyshnyak, who explained in detail the essence of administrative reform.

"When I heard your reasoned opinion on decentralization, I realized how much it is needed in Ukraine. I will use everything I heard and saw in my own work", - Galina Beschastna from the city of Dnipropetrovsk says.


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The Chairman of the Foundation "Center of Public Initiatives" Andriy Vyshnyak talks about decentralization.
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Active work in modular subgroups

Also, the guests met with the Mayor of Perechyn Myroslava Huranych and the head of the Family and Youth Department of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Denys Man, with whom they discussed important issues of local self-government and shared their experiences.

"It was a very important trip for me. Indeed, during the visit, we discussed many issues and received constructive response to them. I would like this trend to become nationwide, to have more waves like this that would created a snowball that would show people that even though we are different, we are united!" - the project participant from the city of Izmail said.

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 Presentation of the Youth Council of Perechyn
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  The project coordinator Oleksandra Ryazantsev and the mayor of Perechyn Myroslava Huranych talk with guests.
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The head of the Youth and Sports Department of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration Denys Man.

The young people spent the last day of the visit in Uzhgorod. Before leaving for their native cities, in the reading hall of the regional library, the youth shared their impressions of Transcarpathia.

 "During the past three days, I was shocked several times. How tolerant you are to different opinions, views or religions. You have a wonderful library, sincere and hospitable people, delicious Transcarpathian cuisine. I am overflowing with positive emotions that I will carry home " - Yelyzaveta Batrakina, a native of the city of Luhansk shared her impressions.


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Emotions... impressions... thoughts...

The organizers of this meeting are sure that such exchanges can best show all sides of Ukraine, destroy stereotypes and overcome conflicts and continue to unite the state in such a difficult time for it. So in the future, the NGO "Youth Alternative" plans to organize several similar projects in the context of "Unity in diversity".

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