Makhachkala, August 11, 2014. Participants to the "Neighbours" project summed up their activities at RIA "Dagestan". The inter-regional project means exchanging youth groups from Daghestan and other Russian regions. The guests were to live in families meanwhile learning the culture and lifestyle of the hosting people, take part in socially significant events, and make up photo-, video-, and news reports about their stay.
The groups are compiled from young representatives of regional associations, universities and media. After each visit, the participants were the guests of press conferences, media reports and TV programs. After the conference on exchanging experience of informational opposition to extremism and terrorism at Daghestan State University, today, the speakers shared their pleasant impressions of what they had seen in Daghestan.
"Grozny" TV representative Akhmed Djabrailov said that projects as such allow young people to take a closer look at each other and exchange the real information, thus countering extremism and terrorism.
Director of the Humanitarian Technology Institute Zagid Makhmudov added that the project’s basic idea was getting to know each other, our cultures, and iconic sites, "The main hindrance in communicating with people of different regions and ethnics is poor knowledge of their traditional culture. The "Neighbors" project was launched to help establish relationships between young people from different republics and regions. I think we have achieved the goal." Makhmudov is sure that involving young socially active people will help set up an information network for the youth to share information, which in turn will divert them away from radical and extremist ideas.