Working paper of the Centre Lebret-Irfed
The International Youth Encounter held in Karur from May 20th to 26th, 2009, was the first joint initiative of the Centre Lebret-Irfed and AREDS devoted to youth leaders. This effort to organize an international activity with young adults principally from Asia, was consciously taken to give the space to this very important mobilizing sector of society.
The encounter was organized with the context of the financial and ecological crises at the backdrop. We felt it was the opportunity to hear young people’s responses to the deepening crises by looking into their own local situations and exchanging with other youth leaders from other countries, with the hope that they would inspire each other in their initiatives and reinforce their capacities to continue to work for change.
We were happy to see that the challenge was more than accepted! The interest shown by each of the participants through the various activities of the programme, starting from the preparatory work till the last activity with the playback theatre, was remarkable. We perceived a great generosity to contribute to the workshops and learn as much as they could, ready to take this acquired knowledge back home and to continue to network with each other in a creative manner.