Youth in Movement at 3rd ICA Youth Seminar

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     by the International Co-operative Alliance ICA
                     February 1996

      Youth in Movement at 3rd ICA Youth Seminar

Seventy young people between the ages of 16 and 26 attending the Third
International Youth Seminar at the Co-operative College in Loughborough
sent a delegation to Manchester to present the young people's views on the
co-operative principles debate to the ICA Centennial Congress.

The seminar, which took place from 17 to 22 September, focused on young
people, co-operation and the media and tackled different but interrelated
issues, such as co-operative behaviour and values; structures and forms of
co-operatives; different types of media, including radio, TV, print,
satellite and the internet.

Its aim was to promote friendship and exchange of experience among the
young co-operators who camefrom twenty-three countries across the world
(Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Hungary, Germany, Ghana, Greece,
Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Sri
Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe)and ultimately
promote positive images of young people and co-operatives to the media and
to create an informal network through which the young co-operators could
continue to exchange information and experiences once they returned to
their respective countries.

In their statement to the Congress, members of the youth seminar addressed
three issues: education, democracy and the future in which they refuted the
oft quoted view that they were co-operators of the future. "Youth are not
co-operators of the future, we are the co-operators of the present".

The seminar was a lively event in which the young co-operators participated
fully, putting into practical action the concepts of co-operation,
education and democracy which they so enthusiastically endorse.