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With many new projects on the way, we are happy to see that the annual events are also being prepared. Although, Latvian 4-H has a densely packed event programme all through the year, we still manage to come up with new events and traditions almost every year.

The children and youngsters still focus very much on the project writing, that is the base of our actions. This spring we have various high priority project topics, which include:

- growing and exploring soy beans,

- developing board games with the plot of fairy tales and stories,

- growing multi-colour carrots for selling in addition to develop early entrepreneurship skills,

- environmentally friendly habits project,

- and a patriotic group project in military theme.

 

Apart from these, the 4H-ers are free to have different topics.

The annual events like sports games and summer camps are now being planned, while we have several new projects open and ongoing.

In the beginning of the year we started a new structured dialogue project bringing together young people and policy makers in various regions in Latvia. This project includes an opening conference, 6 visits around the country and a closing event – training for young people. The project is based on young peoples’ rights, youth policies. We want to empower the youth to do more, to want more and to be more. The first step to involve them more is to let them see and learn how the policy making mechanics work in their regions.

Another new project is competence and self-development courses project in which we urge young people to participate and make their every-day life better. It is mostly for young people who come from the countryside, but are now living in Riga. The aim of the project is to develop the skills of these young people and make them more appealing for todays’ labour market.

This is only a part of our latest events and happening. We sure have more on the way!

Latvian 4-H is rapidly walking into the spring 2019!

By Elīna Jogure, Media and international project coordinator at Latvijas Mazpulki /Latvian 4-H

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Living in Denmark, as a German member of the danish minority in Germany, you sometimes do not know how to identify. Am I Danish or am I German? Where do I belong? People in Denmark might say you are German, while people in Germany might say you are Danish.
Being part of an organisation that encourages just what and who you are and what you feel like is amazing! It connects you with people around the world, who might struggle with the exact same problem or can give you a whole new perspective on things. 


Cross-cultural youth work is a gift and a privilege at the same time. Being part of a group of young people that share the same interest and experiences, or being able to teach other young people about your background, is why youth work, intercultural youth work is so important in a world like we have today.


On top of experiences, some of the most amazing moments in life, you will also make friends across the globe!


Youth work is so regarding in so many aspects and you just have to try it out.
The feeling of being a part of something so much bigger that goes way across country lines and definitions of others, makes all of it seem even sweeter.

Danish or German

By Stine Barz

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Last week members of Saga Finland along with other Finnish participants took part in a two day Nordic level workshop in Oslo called Nordic Young Impact Storytellers (NYIS). Sweden and of course Norway were also present. 


The aim of the workshop was to teach us young participants about advocacy so that we have a better chance of getting our voices heard, now and also in our future societies. The project was developed together with Norsensus Mediaforum (Norway), Awesome People (Sweden) and Saga Finland (Finland). During the workshops we got to learn a handful of new things. For example, there was practical information on how to conduct a workshop, how to use design thinking in order to create a powerful message and using different storytelling techniques as tools to make your own messages compelling. We also learned about how to use different social media platforms as tools for advocacy and how to engage viewers by for instance using interactive tools in video making. Apart from this we also got to meet a lot of new people and create good contacts for the future.


Now we young people have a good toolbox of knowledge on advocacy and how to get our voices heard. The aim is to hopefully soon be able to conduct further workshops in our respective countries.

A Nordic Story

By Mauritz Eklund

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There’s probably not a person who doesn’t know what being gay or a lesbian (a word which I personally hate) means. But what many people don’t acknowledge is the other queer people that belong to the now huge LGBTQA+ community. Sexuality isn’t what I’m here to talk about, though. I want to talk about the obliviousness of people when it comes to the concept of gender.

First, we need to understand the difference between sex and gender. Since yes, indeed there’s a great difference between the two terms. Sex is the biological term that indicates whether your last chromosome pair in your DNA is XY or XX, making you a male or a female. Gender is the identity you identify yourself as. Your gender can be male or female, no matter your sex, but your gender doesn’t have to be either. Other genders include agender, demigender, genderfluid, androgyne and many more. Your gender identity is just as real as your sex, even if you don’t have any physical proof of it. The concept of the two terms is pretty complex, so it is okay not to understand it completely. The most important part for you to get is to understand that a person can be other than female or male, no matter the sex.

Sex and gender and their difference

By Julia Karttunen

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NSUs main theme in 2018 is equality, and it is deeply rooted in gender equality. 
In November 2017 the viral #MeToomovement was born, and countless survivors of sexual abuse and violence have spoken up about their experiences since. The discussion about gender and the power attributed to it, is more present in the media and our daily lives than ever. 
The “Nordic lifestyle” is often praised in the media for its good healthcare and school systems. But how much equality does the North really have? 
This is where NSU has been aiming its focus towards this year - to ask the difficult questions about inequality in the Nordic countries. Are national and sexual minorities in the Nordic countries treated with the same respect as the majority? How do we ensure integration for the people, who need it the most? How do we include those, who have less? Is equality or equity the best tool? How do we practice a good example at home in our youth organisations?

The youth of the North have had the opportunity to discuss these matters together during the events of this year, and to come up with possible solutions on a local level. It is important to recognize the inequality that plays out right in front of our eyes, and to do something about it. 

 

Equality in the North?

By Lærke Rahr Futtrup