In September 2016 in Orenburg the participants of the International Educational Forum Eurasia saw the presentation of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students and solve Festival cases. And today, a year later, the World Festival in Sochi hosts the Forum.
The event – a panel discussion – was divided into two stages: participants opened with general topics – discussed development prospects for the Eurasian continent, and moved on to the hands-on part – retrospectively reviewed the 2016 Forum, summed up its results, presented the implemented projects from Orenburg.
The main objective of Eurasia Forum is to unite and consolidate the youth of the continent, to establish an international and intercultural dialogue. The head of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs Alexander Bugayev is convinced that a wide range of youth, humanitarian and social projects can be delivered in Eurasia. Eurasia Forum is an opportunity to unite the youth of the Eurasian continent.
“It is the Eurasian vector – this is what we are all doomed to in a good way. Economic and geopolitical conditions set the development framework in the past and will be our setting in the future. But we – the public authorities – should be the drivers of social interaction”, Bugayev believes.
However young people need synergy to implement their potential in Eurasia. Director of FGBU International Youth Centre Alexey Lyubtsov presented the position of the organizer. In his speech he stressed the importance of feedback: before the event participants received special forms where they wrote wishes for the 2018 Forum. Next September it will be held separately, in Orenburg. Mr Lyubtsov lifted the veil: “our Forum, of course, will become the successor of the Festival. The Festival is a serious big event and our Forum becomes traditional, annual”.
The next speaker was presented as “a real political fighter, whose main weapon is his intelligence and love for the country”. It was Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs. In his address he outlined the problem on the spread of the Russian language in Eurasia. Language as a consolidating base of the Russian world gradually slips away from the CIS and neighbouring countries. Such events can contribute to solving the problem of the Russian language abroad.
The Forum Eurasia is held under the slogan FOR RUSSIAN THINKERS AND SPEAKERS for a reason.
Liubov Glebova, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education and Culture, spoke from the position on the youth because she worked with young people all her life: “Above all our youth has curiosity for life. Above all any state has the opportunity to create the right conditions to put this curiosity into action, to nurture it so that young people could further promote their country”, Ms Glebova said.
“Economic integration in Eurasia is only possible with liberal education”, Ms Glebova is positive. Global education should help – highly sought and most promising program in terms of building relations. Glebova counts on Forum to become a place for regional bonding: “Only when directly, only when face to face people have an chance to hear each other, and this is where understanding and dialogue start; many unsolvable political issues become very clear for those who are making today's history, you”, summed up Ms Glebova.