Erasmus Projesi, 2018 - 2019
Our project came into being when we asked what we can do about incentives and investments that the
government has planned for disadvantaged unemployed young people who live in rural areas or wish to return
villages from the cities.
While we were discussing about how to find solutions to these problems, we considered Erasmus Program. In
this regard, we would like to create communication and cooperation network between the children of families
living in villages and are engaged in agriculture and livestock and the young people living in Istanbul but wanting
to settle in rural areas. In our project, we will apply the following; evaluation of "Youth Farmer Grant Support",
discussion of rural and urban youth problems, gathering of policy makers with young people, workshop on
examination and development of policy instruments of the European Union, expectations of young people for
rural area, psycho-social evaluation activities, dialogues of stakeholders and lobbying, creating a policy that will
respond to the needs of young people in the field of ruralurban youth and sharing it with the policy-makers.
This project is an opportunity for young people who live in Duzce and have never come to Istanbul. Purposes of
the project are creating communication and cooperation network between young people living in rural areas and
in big cities, increasing the quality of government support for rural areas, observing the differences between the
young people living in the rural area and in the big cities, their problems, their expectations from the government,
private sectors and çivil society, informing young people about European opportunities, ensuring that young
people living in rural areas are involved in policy making processes, declaring young people as part of the
solution by sharing the results with policy makers.
100 young people from Duzce and Cilimli and 47 young people from Istanbul will be included in the project
activities. Young people who will be included in the project from Duzce and Cilimli will be selected among the
children of the families living in the rural areas. They are planned to be between the ages of 18-25. University
students, graduates, or students who have left the school can attend from Istanbul. The announcement for this
selection will be made after the approval of the project. The main activities of the project are planned as 5 days.
1st Day - (It takes 3 hours between Duzce and Istanbul.) After setting out in the morning, participants will start the
program in the afternoon.
In this process, the tests to be prepared by Yıldız Technical University will be distributed to the participants as
soon as they set out and when they reached the activity, the entire survey form will be collected.
On the first day, we will listen to the brief speeches of the project partners along with the opening speeches. Ice
breaker games will be played by young people from Istanbul and Duzce and their expectations to be a team will
The methods will be decided in the direction of the ideas coming from the participants. The program of activities
should be flexible according to the interest of participants.
2nd Day - We will take participants to a large saloon. Firstly, we will introduce Erasmus Program, youth
opportunities in Turkey and Europe.
We will divide participants into small groups. What young people produce in rural areas, the advantages and
disadvantages of being in rural areas, the difficulties of living in rural-urban areas, what the youth says to improve
living conditions, why rural youth migrate, the marketing problem, and the shortcomings of education planning for rural areas will be discussed. In the afternoon session all young people will come together at the big saloon and
evaluate the results of the discussions in the workshops.
3rd Day - We will increase the entrepreneurship of young people with the presentations made by the officials of
the Organic Agriculture Association, Ecological Agriculture Organization Association, Wheat Association, Ministry
of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, www.cityfarm.com.tr and shopping malls selling organic products in Turkey. With
these assessments, we will open 5 simultaneous workshops for young people to support policy reforms. 4th Day -
Free Day - An Istanbul tour will be organized with participants. Participating young people will be included in the
intercultural programs scheduled in the evenings in the next 3 days.
5th Day - Evaluation Meeting One of the reasons we take free day on the 4th is to give ourselves time to share
the policy document and its results with the participating young people. Project results will be published with
appropriate techniques and presented to the public. We think that documents to be submitted to policymakers will
have positive effects on short and long term.