Welcome to the latest update report from Encompass and thank you for supporting our work.
Without the support of people like you, our programmes which promote tolerance and understanding among young people quite simply wouldn't be able to continue.
Instead of me trying to explain how our recent November international Journey of Understanding went, I thought it better to share with you a personal reflection from a young person who was actually there. Georgia's report follows:
"During my time away, I realised that I can explore differences, through the deep discussions I had with all the amazing people I met. I felt comfortable talking about everything, from people and politics to religion and personal issues and I was never made to feel as though my questions were unimportant or silly.
So many nights were spend in deep group and 1-2-1 discussions; trying to learn from one another and often help solve problems too. Even our sessions ran way over most nights, as everyone got so involved and enjoyed them so much. Together, we’ve all learnt so much. I’ve learnt about team building, being more open-minded, supportive and maintaining self-control. I’ve also learnt more about religions, cultures, nationality, and other people’s emotional well-being. Surprisingly, I enjoyed discussing and now know more about governments, politics, wars, conflict, race, stereotypes, and so much more! Needless to say, I’ve learnt a lot! I think I knew some of this stuff before, but the Journey taught me more and lots of perspectives too. I think we assume we’re open-minded, myself included, but in honestly, I was shocked at my own ignorance.
I’ve witnessed some of the most beautiful scenes; from people genuinely wanting to find solutions for others’ conflicts and battles, to people who barely knew one another holding hands, encouraging and supporting each other to be brave and to carry on. Even in deep and heated debates everyone showed a level of respect and saw each other on a human level. I don’t think I can yet put a summary on this experience…this is the opening to a new beginning."
I hope that you enjoyed Georgia's report. Please do contact us here at Encompass if you would like to find out more about our work. Season's Greetings from everyone at Encompass!
Jason Bowles, Community Development Manager, Encompass Trust