dvv International » 2009-2011

„Adult Education and Oral History Contributing to the Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation “

Lead: dvv international Bonn, Germany

Supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Financed by the German Federal Foreign Office (AA) and dvv international

Partner in Armenia: “Hazarashen” Armenian Center for Ethnologic Studies

Partner in Turkey: ANADOLU KULTUR

Scientific Adviser in Armenia: Dr. Hransuh Kharatyan-Arakelyan Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia Institute for Archeology and Ethnography

Scientific Adviser in Turkey: Dr. Leyla Neyzi Sabanc? University Istanbul Faculty for Social Sciences

Impact / Goals:

To contribute to the reconciliation process between Armenia and Turkey

Reduction of prejudices with participants and others involved in the project

Learning methods, techniques and instruments for peaceful conflict resolution

Learning and testing methods of historical processing and contemporary witness work

Implementation of methods, techniques and instruments for conflict resolution

Completion of the historical picture through history from below (oral history method)

Stabilization of the civil society, support of active citizens and the democratization process

Target groups

The direct target persons are the 10 male and female students from Armenia and Turkey who will be trained together in the methods of oral history and contemporary witness work during the first summer camp in Armenia

Beyond that, the two target societies are direct target groups, since extensive documentation and PR will present the project elements and their successes to a larger public.

Decision makers from politics and civil society of the two countries will also be invited to various individual project events (press conferences, round table discussions).

Indirect target groups are the organizations involved and their coworkers on the Turkish and Armenian sides.

Measures and Activities

The project consists of two individual measures which in this request are closely intertwined.

Measure 1: “Summer camp for young adults and adolescents from Armenia and Turkey”

Measure 2: “Remembering together: Instances of common historical perception with Turks and Armenians” (oral history component)

Intervention logic: 0. Two-day Preparation Workshop in Istanbul

1. Preparation meeting of the scientific advisers in Yerevan

2. Preparation workshop in Yerevan and Istanbul

3. Summer camp 2009 in Armenia

3. Interviews with contemporary witnesses

4. Post-preparation meeting of the scientific advisers in Istanbul

5. Post-preparation workshop in Yerevan and Istanbul

6. Press conferences in Yerevan and Istanbul about project outcomes

Process indicators

The participants of the Planning Workshop in Istanbul have all arrived and have found a common language. The two individual measures can be prepared through consensus. A common code of conduct is adopted through consensus. Various representatives of the Turkish and international media show interest in the concluding press conference and report on the project.

The selection of students from both countries takes place smoothly in cooperation with the DAAD. The interest in participation is larger than the available places, thus suitable participants can be selected

The Turkish participants in the first summer camp in Armenia get a visa and can enter without problem.

An atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect develops at the summer camp. The participants find a common language, conflict situations are peacefully resolved.

Process indicators:

At least 8 participants from each country in the summer camp actually participate actively in Measure 2 (oral history component, contemporary witness interview, publication).

The interviews in Armenia and in Turkey can be carried out unhindered. The local populations and local authorities view the project benevolently, at the very least they do not attempt to actively prevent its implementation.

Meaningful interviews with sufficient relevance for the main topic could be collected. The publication can be published in both countries without hindrance and finds a readership.

The PR measures reach a broad public and can thus initiate a discussion which contributes to the continuation of the reconciliation process. Reports appear about the project and its results in both countries.