“Face to Face with the Future Generation” Was the Theme of the 5th National Essay Contest Organized by the Azerbaijan Node of The Millennium Project

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High-level Award Ceremony Celebrates the Winners of the 2013 Contest of High School and University Students from Across Azerbaijan Addressing the Global Challenges Described by the Millennium Project

“Face to Face with the Future Generation” Award Ceremony

“Face to Face with the Future Generation” Award Ceremony

The [Contest] educates the young people in the era of globalization to develop a strong, conflict-free future.

“Face to Face with the Future Generation” National Essay Contest is a joint project of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of Azerbaijan Republic, the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic, the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Republic, the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of Azerbaijan Republic, initiated by the Azerbaijan Future Studies Society. The Award Ceremony of the 5th National Essay Contest was held at the Ministry of Education of the Azerbaijan Republic, on November 4, 2013.

The Azerbaijan Future Studies Society - Azerbaijan Node of The Millennium Project is conducting this national essay contest for high school and of universities (bachelor degree) students for five years. The participants are asked to study and suggest actions related to the 15 Global Challenges addressed by The Millennium Project.

“The main objective of the Contest is that the young generation of Azerbaijan understands that all processes in the world are interconnected and impact their future, so that they comprehend and adapt to the new realities created by the political, economic, demographic, ecological, technological, and other changes. It educates the young people in the era of globalization to develop a strong, conflict-free future, and most of all to see the main impacts and interconnections of the 15 Global Challenges of the Millennium Project in the context of the Azerbaijan society,” says Reyhan Huseynova, President of the Azerbaijan Futures Studies Society, initiator of the contest.

This year, about 900 high school and university students participated, from the following Azerbaijan cities and regions: Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Ismayilli, Kurdamir, Gakh, Mingachevir, Khizi, Yardimli and Hajigabul. The jury of experts selected 51 finalists--33 high school students and 18 university students (38 female and 13 male.) At the award ceremony, the winners of the first three places received certificates and valuable gifts from different Ministries of Azerbaijan.

The Award Ceremony was attended by high-level officials from Azerbaijan, including Mikayil Jabbarov, Minister of Education; Ali Abbasov, Minister of ICT; Azad Rahimov, Minister of Youth and Sport; Hijran Huseynova, Minister of Family, Women and Children Affairs; Reyhan Huseynova, President of Azerbaijan Futures Studies Society; as well as Concepcion Olaviarrieta from Mexico, Chair of the Mexican Node of The Millennium Project; and Elizabeth Florescu from Canada, Director of Research of The Millennium Project.

The university-level students participating in the contest were from Azerbaijan State Economic University, Baku Asia University, Baku Business University, Ganja State University, Azerbaijan Medical University, Sumgayit State University, Sumgayit State Technical University, Baku State Social-Economic College and Sumgayit State Technical College.

The Azerbaijan Futures Studies Society is an NGO dedicated to improve the thinking and understanding about the future in Azerbaijan and connecting it with the rest of the world. It conducts several activities, such as computing the Azerbaijan State of the Future Index, organizing the Baku Futures Forum, arranging summer schools for refugees and internally displaced children of Karabakh conflict, teaching futures research to university students, participating in international forums, and organizing different projects and trainings in Azerbaijan for combating domestic violence.

The Millennium Project is a global participatory think tank connecting about 50 Nodes around the world that identify important challenges in their regions, and conduct and initiate futures-related special research, workshops, symposiums, and advanced training. The Millennium Project’s mission is to improve thinking about the future and make it available through a variety of media for feedback to accumulate wisdom about the future for better decisions today. It produces the annual "State of the Future" reports, the "Futures Research Methodology" series, Global Futures Intelligence System, and related software, and special studies.

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