In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.
MYT provide opportunities for young people to deepen their understanding of the values of cultural diversity. We aim to achieve this in our day to day running, but also offer young people specific chances that further promote this aim and also encourage youth participation.
Currently approximately 15 young people will have a chance to experience, first hand, another culture completely different from their own. The New Horizons cohort will; live and work on a coffee farm, work at a local dairy production farm, teach English and coordinate cultural exchange sessions in a local school. They will also interact and meet with the local community, play in a joint football tournament, learn about Colombian dance and coffee culture, food and local history and have many other once in a lifetime experiences in a developing country as part of the programme.
Past projects have included: In early summer last year six young people from the MYT Youth Forum volunteered to join the SMS project through the All Saints Project. They all went to France for a long weekend and their stay included a tour of the French Parliament buildings and a whistle stop tour of Paris. They found out about how France was run and had long meetings with young French people to discover as much as they could. The young French people then came over to England to find out more about Medway, its people and its history. The young people on the SMS Project did many presentations for their French colleagues.
At the end of January this year our 2 Young Trustees from the Forum went to Istanbul for a conference with young people and youth workers from Turkey. They were invited along with 2 members of staff from MYT by the National Youth Agency to talk about Hear by Right as MYT had achieved the Gold Award in November 2014. They spent 5 days in the Turkish Capital and they did a presentation about MYT and Hear by Right to all who attended the conference. They enjoyed the week and said that young people in Turkey were very passionate about getting their voice heard.