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4. Social Inclusion

4.5 Initiatives promoting social inclusion and raising awareness

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  1. Intercultural awareness
  2. Young people's rights
  3. Key initiatives to safeguard democracy and prevent radicalisation leading to violent extremism

Intercultural awareness

A number of policies and targets are determined to raise intercultural awareness against discrimination and social exclusion within the scope of Disadvantaged Young People and Social Inclusion and Youth in the International Arena and Intercultural Dialogue main political areas of the National Youth and Sports Policy Document and works and activities are carried out in that direction. Policies adopted within this framework and mutual activities are given below:

  • To increase incentives to enable young people who live in the countryside and have limited financial opportunities to benefit from participation opportunities in international activities; in that respect, it is facilitated that disadvantaged young people are involved in intercultural amalgamation programmes by implementing disadvantageousness criteria in overseas culture and mobilisation projects carried out and supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
  • To produce projects in order to increase the cooperation with youth and student associations active in the international area; the Ministry of Youth and Sports provides grants to the projects which are proposed to raise the international awareness of young people in the international arena provided that they meet the criteria.
  • To use youth exchange programmes actively to provide inter-cultural interaction; numerous public organisations and institutions support youth exchange programmes.
  • To organise international youth camps by bringing together young people from different countries and to enable young people from different cultures to spend time together; the Ministry of Youth and Sports organises International Youth Camps in which young people from various countries participate and make friends and socialise.
  • To increase the participation of young foreign people studying in Turkey in youth activities and thus to help them to socialise with our young people; the Ministry of Youth and Sports carries out the Damla Project in which domestic and international students studying in Turkey visit the historical and cultural places in Turkey and interact with the local people and have the chance to practice their theoretical knowledge following the trainings on volunteering, humanity, goodness, empathy, self-sacrifice, mysticism, environment and youth.


Young people's rights

In the context of raising awareness of young people in relation to human rights and generalising the human rights perception among young people in Turkey; public organisations, local administrations, universities and nongovernmental organisations have numerous projects, programmes and activities.

In relation to individual application mechanism of the Constitutional Court, informative documents are posted on the website. Similarly, Human Rights Institution of Turkey has provided public access to the application platform for violation of human rights and databank service. There are detailed information regarding e-application methods on the Ombudsman Institution website.

Key initiatives to safeguard democracy and prevent radicalisation leading to violent extremism

With the cooperation of the Republic of Turkey and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), “OIC International Youth Camp” was organised. Among the aims of the camp are;

  • Mutual intercultural awareness among Muslim young people,
  • Fighting Discrimination and Extremism on the Islamic Geography.

300 young people from the member countries of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation have attended the camp on 10-24 August 2016.

Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States (Turkic Council) and United Nations Alliance of Civilisations have hosted an international conference on “The Role of the Youth Sector in Preventing Violent Extremism” in İstanbul on 20-21 October 2016.

Ministers from various countries, top level executives from UN Development Program (UNDP) and other specialised organisations of UN, specialists from international organisations including OSCE, government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organisations and academicians have met up with 200 young leaders from over 30 countries from Africa to Asia and they have discussed the ways and methods to strengthen the role of youth in preventing violent extremism.