Following the news, it’s become commonplace for us to hear about Brexit, fractured relationships in Europe, Trump wanting to ban immigrants from the USA and many other examples of conflicts throughout the world.
We live in a world and a society overrun with conflict and struggles to live together peacefully – harmony seems like an impossibility. This makes it all the more important for initiatives and exchanges to take place, which will bring individuals from different aspects of life and different parts of the world together.
This is exactly what The Complete Freedom of Truth (TCFT) does. You will have seen me write posts about TCFT before on this blog, as I have been blessed enough to take part in the project over the past few years.
TCFT is a five-year project which aims to “develop global youth citizenship through culture and the arts”. Time spent embracing creativity, as well as learning about policies and democracies, through various workshops, presentations, activities and sharing evenings is a rewarding experience. It enables all participants to develop skills, build friendships and grow into change-makers that will have an impact on their communities, Europe and hopefully the world as a whole.
It is an environment where experiences and views are shared without judgement, prejudices are eradicated and everyone is seen as equal. Age, race, nationality, sexuality, religion and level of ability does not matter – each of us is human and that is all that matters. Wouldn’t the world be a much better place if we all thought like that?
The project can also be a life-changing and thought-provoking process. A young person from Bosnia, who was self-admittedly lazy, is working on developing on organisation in their country. A young Romanian, who said that she was previously a little racist, has changed the way she thinks and is apologetic about it. And I know that I probably would not have taken Young People Insight further without TCFT – I was able to develop my confidence, shake off some of my fears and it was there that I performed my first piece of spoken word.
TCFT is a truly special project that more people should be aware of, because we are slowly trying to repair some of the cracks in Europe through unity and creativity. Instead of constantly reporting on Brexit, why doesn’t the media report that?
However, projects like this cost money and TCFT is in need of some funds for this year’s residency in Italy. We are going to continue our creative practices and have further discussions on EU policy, which we as young people need a greater understanding of.
There is currently a crowdfunding campaign running throughout the month of February, which needs your support. Please donate as little as £5 (more would be great) and then share it with others. Raising money is not only important, but raising awareness is a vital aspect of the campaign.
You can donate to The Complete Freedom of Truth’s campaign on the Crowdfunder site: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-complete-freedom-of-truth/