lennon12 August 2010, Kyiv: To mark the International Youth Day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Ukraine presented an animated ‘e-card’ collection detailing the lives of twelve outstanding individuals, who made morality a defining component in their struggle to change the politics and art of the 20th century.

lennon12 August 2010, Kyiv: To mark the International Youth Day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Ukraine presented an animated ‘e-card’ collection detailing the lives of twelve outstanding individuals, who made morality a defining component in their struggle to change the politics and art of the 20th century.

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12 August 2010, Kyiv: To mark the International Youth Day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Ukraine presented an animated ‘e-card’ collection detailing the lives of twelve outstanding individuals, who made morality a defining component in their struggle to change the politics and art of the 20th century.

The animated cards are part of the activities of the Diversity Initiative network in partnership with East European Development Institute and Gudimov Art Centre with the financial support of the Swiss Confederation project Ukraine office.

The e-card collection on promotion of cultural dialogue and diversity for youth may be downloaded free of charge on the web site of the network, “Diversity Initiative” and sent via e-mail to friends and colleagues.

“This E-card collection was created with the aim to draw youths’ attention to upstanding personalities who were open to other people and capable of helping people in difficult circumstances,” said Chief of the IOM Mission in Ukraine Manfred Profazi.

Each e-card informs about the history of one hero by means of bright pictures. Each history shows that the hero had a choice – to think only about himself/herself or meet people wishes – and chose the latter.

Bright young people were always initiators of social change and had an impact on reform in politics and art. Therefore, International Youth Day - which is annually observed on 12 August and was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly – is a good reason to exchange e-cards with histories of prominent heroes.

All twelve e-cards on the web site, www.diversipedia.org.ua create a virtual calendar that includes birthdays of all heroes. This makes it possible each month for anyone to download any e-card and send it to friends or together celebrate the birthday of this or that hero famous around the world. In this way, animated e-cards will be disseminated around the world, educating and inspiring everyone who receives them.

The first hero of the e-card collection is Martin Luther King, the most famous civil rights leader in the 1960s, who received receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. King headed the collection as all the world celebrates his birthday on 15 January.

The other eleven cards are dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, founder of the philosophy of non-violence; Carl Lutz, Swiss Vice-Consul in Budapest during World War II; Mother Teresa, founder of a charity missionary order; Aung San Suu Kyi, a famous political oppositionist; Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara; Swedish humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg; citizen of Rwanda Paul Rusesabagina; Polish children’s writer Janusz Korczak; Nelson Mandella, former president of South Africa; British musician and singer John Lennon; and Czech politician Vaclav Havel.

“I never before thought that such a person as Mahatma Gandhi could be a convincing hero of an animated card;” said the curator of the Gudimov Art Centre, famous Ukrainian rock-musician and gallerist Pavlo Gudimov.

The purpose of this collection is to celebrate the powerful impact that these individuals still have on our way of thinking and global society today.

“Famous personalities are sort of lighthouses of our civilization. While telling their stories to children and youth, we form close connections of young people with different ideas and cultures of the world, and present different role models. Who knows, maybe at the moment when someone downloads an e-card from the web-site and sends it to a friend, a small heart will be filled up with inspiration to create miracles and good causes,” said Director of the EEDI Mridula Ghosh.

August is the month when youth can send e-cards to friends to celebrate birthdays of such people as Raoul Wallenberg and Mother Teresa. Each of them brought something unique to the world. Wallenberg risked his life to save Jews from the Holocaust. Mother Teresa dedicated her entire life to the poor and helpless.

In summer, other heroes of the e-cards were born, including Paul Rusesabagina, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandella, and Janusz Korczak.

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For more information please contact Public Information Unit of IOM ukrainepr@iom.int. Contact person: Svitlana Slabinska.