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SI Alumni Events this Autumn

There has been a lot of alumni activity this autumn! Here are a few updates:

Mykolaiv, Ukraine: “Youth Employment and Human Rights Kateryna Shapochka”, 19-20 September

The seminar on Youth Employment & Human Rights was held at Mykolaiv V.O. Sukhomlynsky National University.

The course Youth Employment and Human Rights offered SI Alumni and the participants an opportunity to improve their knowledge about Youth Employment and Human Rights.

The main topics included: the fundamental Human Rights Declaration today; the implications of the HR on international and national level; labour law and rights at work: equal opportunities and protection against discrimination; job placements and further education leading to a qualification.

The program included expert lectures and presentations, small group interaction in the “open space” mode followed by the simulation games, “A class divided” movie discussion, personal human rights cases presentation and discussion.

Chisinau, Moldova: ”Consolidation of Moldova SI alumni network”, 24 September

On the 24th of September there was organized the first social networking forum to bring SI alumni together and strengthen the capacities of the newly created SI Alumni network in Moldova. The purpose of this event was to consolidate and stimulate our network to participate into the decision making process.

The event started with inspirational opening remarks from Swedish Institute representative, Markus Boman followed by Andreas Bryngelson from Lund University. Most of the alumni participants were not familiar to each other; this is why the programme included a short presentation of all the guests. That was a great chance to share their experience and interests in Sweden.

Furthermore, there was a creative workshop – break out session in three groups, where SI alumni identified stringent problems that Moldovan society faces and discussed possible solutions, proposing projects/initiatives. Strong discussion points were raised about gender awareness in schools, wastewater management, and academic exchange programs, sustainable production and consumption, among others.

Chisinau, Moldova: ”Eco-dinner”, 25 September

Through this event organizers wanted to increase awareness of several target groups such as SI alumni and public institutions regarding the importance of ecological products and motivate them to further promote and consume eco/ organic products.

Ecological products in Moldova have been discussed from three main areas: sustainable consumption, production and public polices in this field. After the panel discussion session, there was arranged a workshop on problem identification and potential solutions for each of the upper-mentioned area.

The workshop finalized with a “ECO-buffet” made with mainly seasonal, locally sourced products and healthy dishes by a specialized company in nutritional rich meals.

Gothenburg, Sweden: “Engaging with unaccompanied minors”, 21 October

The SI local network in Gothenburg held a workshop on the challenges of unaccompanied minors in Sweden and how different organizations work with them. Around 15 alumni and participants engaged actively in the discussions with guests from Save the Children, the Swedish Red Cross and Gothenburg University and tried to map the ongoing initiatives working on these issues. It was a great opportunity to network and connect with relevant actors.

Amman, Jordan: “SI Alumni Think Entrepreneurship Workshop”, 1 October 

Many Swedish Institute alumni joined Next Level event in Amman at Zain Innovation Campus on where 140 attendees from All around Jordan and the region joined and networked and learnt how to have an innovative dialogue about youth challenges and next was a panel discussion where the Swedish embassy highlighted the Si programs for the young Arab enterpuners and ended with one of the most famous activities of the YLVP program which is a case study was given to groups to work on and develop.

Moscow, Russia: “How to take sustainability further in various organization types”, 26 October

30 SI alumni and their friends gathered to discuss how to move sustainability practices and understanding in their organisations to the next level. The event started with the energetic line exercise that the participants learned from SI team in Sweden: in an interactive way participants expressed their opinions & perceptions on the state of CSR in Russia and what uture they oversee. After that one of SI alumni, Andrei Grigoriev, framed the gathering and introduced a concept of CSR from the perspective of Spiral Dynamics. Then, two guest peakers from local sustainable businesses – Vkusvill and Coco-Bello Honey – shared their experience with building sustainable organisations and challenges that are ahead of them. Participants engaged in discussion which followed by informal networking for more than an hour over fika!

Egypt: “Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation”, Day one: 20 October, Day two: 29 October, and Day three: 5 November

The SI event focused on the idea of proactive learning through online education forums. The topic was social innovation, what it is, how to approach it and to engage constructively through with one’s local community. It was a discussion based event to learn collectively from all participants’ previous experiences and to build future connections for social innovative work.

YCF Alumni Get-Together in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Below is an article from Imran Newaz Khurshid who participated in the Young Connectors of the Future (YCF) leadership programme alumni event at the Ambassador’s Residence in Bangladesh.

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Photographer: Poroma Kanya – the Communication Officer at Embassy of Sweden in Dhaka

What  can be more exciting than meeting your fellow alumni after you have successfully completed an amazing program like the Young Connectors of the Future (YCF)? Yes it really happened on the 1st of November and was hosted by Mr. Johan Frisell – the Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh.

The greetings went smooth as the YCF alumni arrived one by one. Not only it was exciting for the YCF alumni to meet the newest cohort of YCF participants, but the Ambassador himself was also very enthusiastic to meet us and know about our passions and areas of work. The alumni certainly had a diverse work area. They are working in sectors like Youth Development, Human Rights, Policy Advocacy, Women Empowerment, and many other social dimensions where changes need to be brought. The alumni who knew each other from the previous YCF programs recalled the reminiscence of their past gaiety. But they were super excited to meet the most recent batch of YCF and to learn about the participants in general along with their passion and goals.

The YCF started its journey in 2013 with a cohort of seven participants from Bangladesh who joined other talented individuals from three other South Asian countries, namely Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. The YCF’s journey started at that point and now we are here all chatting together at the Ambassador’s residence – meeting each other again and knowing a great deal about the most recent participants. This time there were seven “change-agents” from Bangladesh and they have joined the participants from four other countries (where the new addition was Sri Lanka) to complete their first module that was conducted from 29 August to 16th September of 2016.

Mr. Johan was very generous to take out some time from his busy schedule and share it with us to learn about us. He discussed some of the important ongoing activities of Sweden and the Swedish Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Among them the some of the significant ones were the Nobel Week Dialogue and #HeForShe campaign.

After the formal greeting and announcements made by the Ambassador, Palki Ahmed and I were invited to speak about our experiences of YCF and share our advices to the most recent batch of YCF.  Palki, an alumni of YCF 2013 who now works at United Nations Development Program (UNDP), stressed on the cross-cultural benefits and learning and networking with the other youth peers. She also mentioned how these are essential to understand leadership. According to her, global concerns are now interdisciplinary and it is important to take a global approach, for which the Swedish Institute (SI) allowed us to create that platform, and connect and learn from each other. She was very impressive in recalling her understanding of YCF and its goals.

Her well-thought-of description helped me to recall all the anticipations and excitements that I had during my trip to Sweden, both the times for the YCF modules 1 and 2. I felt nostalgic as I recollected the exciting times while travelling to Sweden, enjoying the beautiful nature, gulping the Swedish coffee during the ‘Fika’ and learning so much about leadership. The learning experience there eventually empowered me to initiate my own program of Soft Skills and Leadership training for the young people in Bangladesh. Since then I have been involved in training the young people at various social initiatives, political leaders at Democracy International, and other young professionals. I emphasized on the importance of building a strong network among the SI alumni and exemplified on the collaboration of working with the YCF alumni from India and Bangladesh.

The sharing of the experiences did not stop among the YCF alumni. As we started mingling with each other and really getting to know the new cohort of the YCF, the new cohort along with the old ones continued sharing their experiences of YCF and about their current works! Solnara Aktar Tania, a participant in YCF 2016, who works at Ain O Salish Kendra, found the YCF to be very interesting. She absolutely loved the way the program was facilitated by the trainers. According to her the content of the learning sessions was amazing, especially the Social Networking lessons. Also, understanding what the human rights situation in other parts of the world added to her professional skills. The team culture that was developed made the participants feel like family members to each other.  Another participant – Hasib Ahsan Nadeem, who went to YCF during 2014-15 has always believed that YCF is a mix of emotional and practical leadership training. He still remembers the very first ice breaking session he had in a tiny village named Ekero where the 30 participants drew everyone’s pictures with a single scratch of the pen. It was fantastic how it basically made him feel that it’s a one world and all of us were like different parts of human body where “humanity lies”. Hasib, immediately after finishing his YCF module 1, got an invitation from Stockholm University to attend and preach in a seminar at ‘Nobel Museum’ where different scholars were present. And after coming back to the country, he developed different large scale projects on social and economic development keeping the human rights and gender rights entities under consideration. He is now looking forward to attend the ‘Nobel Week Dialogue’ in Stockholm, Sweden in 2016.

The evening was a memorable one with a lot of discussions and fun. Thanks to the Ambassador of Sweden in Dhaka – Mr. Johan Frisell for generously hosting us and getting to know us. We revisited the fact that it is of paramount importance for young leaders to work collaboratively across sectors to bring sustainable changes to the world that we live in. Therefore, it is high time that we keep on doing so to develop innovative solutions to the multidisciplinary challenges around us.

Alumni gathering at the Swedish Palace in Istanbul

The autumn season’s first Alumni network event took place on 5 October. The Swedish alumni-network Turkey consists of people who have studied in Sweden, today comprising some 700 alumni.

The Alumni events is a platform which gives the alumni an opportunity to stay in touch with each other, network with people from different disciplines and to help strengthen the ties between Sweden and Turkey.

For the alumni events the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul invite a guest speaker with links to Swedish-Turkish relations or a relevant topic. This event’s so called sunny speaker was Aysen Savci, the twice former Swedish trade commissioner to Turkey and now an achieved glass artist in Istanbul. Aysen Savci shared her experience of working both in Sweden and in Turkey and how she left the business world to become a glass artist instead.  One thing she had discovered as an important factor for the success of many Swedish top business people was that they had interests and hobbies that were different from their business, such as music or art. Multidisciplines help one to think outside of the box.

The Consul General Ms. Therese Hydén highlighted that the alumni are very important both for the Consulate General and for the Swedish-Turkish relations in general, since the alumni are the real ambassadors for Sweden in the Turkish society, sharing their personal experiences.

The evening’s specialty was also the “kanelbulle”, the cinnamon bun, as we were celebrating the cinnamon bun day, which is honored in Sweden on 4 October every year.

Invitation: Study Visit to Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm, 28 November 2014

Dear SI alumni,

Please find below an invitation from SI Alumnus Aleh Kliatsko to an event in Stockholm:

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Invitation: Workshop “Green Offices” in Minsk, 4 September 2014

Dear SI alumni,

Please see below the invitation to the SI event in Belarus organized by your fellow alumni:Credits:Lena Granefelt/imagebank.sweden.se

Dear Swedish Institute Alumni and Scholarship Holders,

On September 4, 2014, we will hold a workshop Green Offices as a part of four SI alumni events in Minsk.

We cordially invite all SI alumni working in commercial companies in Belarus, as well as representatives of national and international businesses interested in green technologies, to participate in the workshop.

The agenda of the workshop includes a tour to the store equipped with efficient lighting by Philips Belarus Company and expert presentations, which will focus on ecological experience and green office technologies implemented by UNDP, British American Tobacco, Philips Belarus, European Union Projects, IPO “Ecoproject Partnership” and cover the following topics:

  • Greening your office
  • Practical examples of Office Spaces Green Lighting
  • Rational waste management in the office.

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