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Learning from the Past, Changing Today

Start Date: 28.02.2013

End Date: 30.05.2014

The project Learning from the Past, Changing Today implemented by Hafiza Merkezi aimed to support youth's participation to the process of reconciliation and dealing with the past in Turkey. The activities of the project included seminars for youth to raise their awareness and inform them on issues of dealing with the past and enforced disappearances,  as well as peer to peer small-projects granted for the implementation of young people. The objective was to extend the debate on truth, justice and reconciliation towards a wider and more diverse section of society, by way of rendering increased visibility to the demands on these matters, and by inviting the youth ranging from 18 to 25 years old to join these discussions with their unique approach and creativity. 32 project applications were received from the cities of Ankara, Berlin, Burdur, Dersim, Diyarbakır, Edirne, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, Malatya, Mersin, Tarsus, Van and Yüksekova in response to the announcements in the context of the project. The following were the members of jury for the evaluation of project applications: • Emrah Gürsel, Hafıza Merkezi Project Coordinator • Enis Köstepen, Producer – Cinema Critic • Eylem Ertürk, Anadolu Kultur Project Development and Fund Raising Coordinator • Mario Mažić, Youth Initiative for Human Rights Program Director – Croatia • Pınar Öğünç, Columnist, Radikal Daily 6 small-projects have been implemented within the framework of this study, which have covered the following subjects; Kulp massacre, enforced disappearances, child killings in Diyarbakır and forced migration.