HAKKARİ GEL GARİ (LET’S MEET) – Hakkari Istanbul Intercultural Exchange Program
The main target of the Turkish Cultural Foundation, AFS and AFSGD is youths and intercultural communication. As Vona Law, we believe in an enlightened and happy youth who have realized themselves and their beauties by contacting with different cultures, leading to a society which can transform differences into surplus-value. We give support to the operations of AFS, Turkish Cultural Foundation and AFS Volunteers sincerely. Recently, we hosted 9th and 10th graders from Hakkari Anatolian High School in Hakkari Hadi Gari (Let’s Meet) Project organized between April 22-29, 2019. From our point of view, prejudgments brought by cultural differences damage social welfare by leading to polarization and alienation. We as Vona Law Firm attended in the event of Hakkari Let’s Meet which was devoted to eliminating these prejudgments. The exchange program was held between 22-29 April 2019. The program was awarded Changemaker Prize with AFS (American Field Service) in 2015 (the initial year of the program). This year, in the scope of the program, 10 9th graders were hosted by volunteer families in Istanbul with the permission of T.R. Governorate of Hakkari and Ministry of National Education at Hakkari Provincial Directorate of National Education. This year, students visited the important places of the city and attended the events themed “colorfulness and multivocality in the society”. As Vona Law Firm, we met with the youths and empowered each other with our differences.