On Sunday, on 13 November 2016, young aspiring journalists from the Baltic Sea Region and beyond gathered in Gdansk and Kaliningrad for the Solidarity Academy – Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue. The joint week-long project between the European Solidarity Centre (Gdansk) and the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat (Stockholm) is an initiative of the German Foreign Office, using youth cooperation as an means to conflict resolution, and focuses on dialogue not only as the essence of journalism but as an important aspect of learning and diplomacy.
The different seminars held at the European Solidarity Centre, aim at improving the participants’ journalistic skills and building a better understanding of the Baltic Sea Region countries from a social, cultural and political perspective. Moreover, public debates in Gdansk and Kaliningrad, together with high-level politicians and popular journalist from the Baltic Sea Region, will complement the programme.
During the Solidarity Academy – Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue, the participants are invited to elaborate and work on four different projects in relation to society, politics, history, culture and gender issues, which will be presented during the final day of the event. The organisers and partners of the programme shall decide on a final project which is then also to be realised by the end of this year.