Avrupa Gençlik Kulübü, 20-23 Ocak 2022 tarihleri arasında Avrupa Gençlik Parlamentosu Türkiye'nin organizasyonu olan “SHIFT 2022 6th Digital Session of EYP Turkey Schedule” çalışmasına iki öğrenci ile katılım sağladı.
Dört gün boyunca İngilizce gerçekleşen bu etkinlikte yoğun bir şekilde çalışan 11. sınıf öğrencilerimizden Selin ve Özge’yi tebrik ediyoruz.
İşte Özge ve Selin’in etkinlikle ilgili İngilizce olarak kaleme aldığı izlenimleri :
“This year, due to the pandemic, the conferences that we could attend as the European Youth Parliament club were very limited, and we are very happy that such an opportunity existed even if it was online. Though I had prior MUN experience, SHIFT’22 was going to be my first EYP (European Youth Parliament) experience. Fortunately, the procedure of the conference was organized in a way to support beginners. The first day of the conference was devoted entirely to “team-building”, so we had a very productive three days as a real team within the committee. I took part in the ITRE (Industry, Research and Energy) committee. The problem we were trying to solve was whether nuclear energy should be considered “green” energy in Europe. It was informative and enjoyable to research and discuss this topic with the committee members. As a committee, we found solutions to its disadvantages by evaluating the positive and negative aspects of nuclear energy. We searched for articles to support each solution and put it forward as evidence. Later, we shared the “resolution” paper we wrote with the other committees in front of the General Assembly. We then answered the questions and our proposal paper was accepted after the voting. Likewise, we listened and discussed the proposals of other committees, asked questions and voted. I think it was a very fruitful and fun experience.
The language of the conference was English just like all EYP conferences. There were committees that covered many areas of interest (such as Human Rights, International Relations or Tourism). Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Even though the conference was held online, games and activities were arranged in the evenings so that we could have as much fun as in in-person conferences. I think experiences like this are very important in order to discuss and find solutions to universal problems and become “world citizens”. It is also a great chance to meet people from different parts of the world and make friends. I would like to participate again in the future.”
“It’s been on my mind to attend such a conference ever since I’ve first heard about EYP and i consider myself incredibly lucky to be finally able to do so. With my lack of experience, i didn’t have anything other than the discussions we had at our club meetings to get a clear idea of what i was getting myself into but expected it to be extremely professional and strict, and while it was like that in moderation, the conference and the people were also unexpectedly warm and friendly. The process in it’s entirety was easy to adapt to even for a new delegate like myself. Amongst various committees such as Human Rights (DROI), Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), Transport and Tourism (TRAN) I was involved in the study of how to make trade relations between Africa and Europe fairer within the Parliament’s Committee on International Relations (AFET). We came up with solutions that would enable the development of working conditions, worker’s rights and the establishment of a more ethical commercial relationship between the two parts taking into consideration the complicated history of Africa with Europe. Analyzing international trade allowed me to understand certain political moves, adapt my research onto my own country and understand Turkey’s economic relations. Being able to evaluate the work of other committees was also very useful. Although every resolution passed unanimously at the end of four days of hard work, it was very special to receive that approval after the effort I put into my own committee. But to be honest, what was actually important was that people from all over the world who had the same mindset, who were conscious of and interested in the same issues were brought together in order to seek solutions to global problems. My interest and knowledge on the issues increased tremendously, and I had the opportunity to work with people I would have never met otherwise. I definitely plan on participating in more of these conferences in the future.”