Aleh Kliatsko, the Vice-president of the NGO Global Playground Stockholm, took part in this year’s edition of the Summer Academy organized by the National Council of Swedish Youth Organizations (LSU) and Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). 80 young people 16-30 years old from 8 different countries such as Belarus, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Lebanon, Ghana, Egypt and Sweden were represented. The participants belonged mainly to NGOs, but there were people from universities, high schools and private companies.
The debate on what should follow the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015 is thoroughly underway. There were many discussions on what are the youth organizations perspectives on sustainability and how can we as young people come up with solutions for a sustainable future. The following topics “access to education”, “environmental sustainability”, “inequality and discrimination”, “youth unemployment”, and “fair distribution of resources” were discussed during the Summer Academy.
The main focus for the academy was:• Sustainability work; • Exchange between ideas and perspectives; • Inspiration; • New methods on creating change in an globalized world; • Develop solutions for a sustainable future; • Youth Perspective.
It was great opportunity to meet other interesting organizations, exchange ideas and perspectives and get inspired and create platform for future fruitful cooperation. Aleh had a great opportunity to present and promote a NGO Global Playground Stockholm. Thus, this forum gave a fantastic possibility to establish new contacts and to implement a new project in the future together with other NGOs from other countries.