#PJstories – Interview with Lukáš Laczko

Lukáš participated in the Training Course Youth Diplomats” organized by PROJUVEN in Torremolinos, Spain

Hello Lukáš! Can you give us your opinion about the project “Youth Diplomats”? 

I am very thankful, I had the opportunity to participate in this project. The training activities were very helpful in improving my social skills and in learning new methods how to communicate in intercultural environment. Before the practice, we had also funny activities, which were aimed on better knowing each other, improving our self-thinking and on getting our attention. Activities took place in training room but also at the beach, because the project was situated in a seaside city and the weather was more than good, so this I really appreciate. Within the already mentioned activities, sometimes the tasks were also aimed at communication among the groups, when the task was to get a deal on solving in advance designated situations. At the end of the training, I received a Youthpass certificate for nonformal education and I also extended my friends circle across the Europe.

Why should we care about youth diplomacy?

Nowadays in the changing environment and the raise of populism in Europe, we need to care more about our society. People need to distinguish fake from truthful information to avoid conflicts oftentimes based on fictions spread through all types of media. Mainly social media are often the subject of these hateful nontruth-based stories, where it´s difficult to recognize whether the information is truth or not. The Youth is more prone to be influenced through the social media and as such in general. Therefore, a balance should be created on promoting the dialogue among Youth to prevent these conflicts and to spread the peaceful way of thinking which diplomacy has.

What is the most important thing you have learned during the project?

During the Training course „Youth Diplomats“ in the field of nonformal education, I have learned many new ways of working in multicultural environment. This course taught me presenting myself and my opinions on topics in the way of respecting opinions of others, by which I have understood their way of thinking. We were solving different situations together in groups, when it was needed to find understanding and consensus for the successful resolution of these situations. The groups were changing many times, which helped me to know and understand every participant of the training.

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