Did you know that…?. Getting Involved is a regional cooperation program implemented jointly by the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the MitOst Association and Eurasia Partnership Foundation.
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Getting Involved is a regional cooperation program implemented jointly by the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the MitOst Association and Eurasia Partnership Foundation.
In order to promote better understanding among people in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, the project“Did you know that…?” aims to break stereotypes and establish more amicable relations by illustrating the numerous similarities and common interests of ordinary people in the three neighboring nations of South Caucasus region.
Georgians, Armenians and Azeris unanimously answered:
The answer in about 90% or replies was…
- Yes, of course!
The majority of Azeris, Georgians and Armenians answered that, fortunately, they do not face it very often but still they are having such problems in their families from time to time. The main reason, as many of them mentioned, is the Soviet influence on their parents’ views.
The answer was amazingly similar!
- They may not. I decided my profession.
- No, I took my preferences in to consideration first.
The survey showed that
So the phenomenon of corruption surely exists in all three countries, although maybe on a different scale.
From the suggested options, the survey participants amazingly chose the same ones!
Many Georgians, Armenians and Azeris described it as a long, crowded and noisy party, usually accompanied by numerous toasts by a Tamada (the same for all three nations!), national music, dishes and dances.
One thing the end of Caucasian Wedding parties seem to have in common is that, there may be a quarrel between drunk and hot-headed party guests!
From the answers of the survey we can draw out the fact that recently in the South Caucasus region the tendency to live apart from the couple’s parents is growing, but they also painstakingly mentioned that, in spite of this, poor financial conditions force many young couples to live with the family of their parents.
There is a tendency to give modern, international names to babies nowadays. In Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan the following names are common:
It appeared that in Tbilisi and Baku the differentiation may be not so notable as compared with Yerevan, where there are both poor and rich neighborhoods in the center. But the fact is, maybe, to a greater or smaller degree, there are rich and poor neighborhoods in all three capitals.
It turned out that not only Armenians but Georgians and Azeris, as well, have the tendency to show off with luxurious cars and mobiles. So, the most popular car and cell phone in all three countries was …
We could draw the following general picture:
The youth are occupied with:
It appeared that Georgian , Armenian and Azeri youth face the same problem in night clubs: they are sometimes too expensive.
There was drawn out the following similar answer:
People in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan haven’t given up the tendency of buying things from the market instead of newly-opened, luxurious supermarkets. Many of the survey participants answered that most families can’t yet afford to buy things from a supermarket.
Most of the survey participants answered positively, but there is one common problem in medical services in all three countries: every second survey participant said that medical services are too expensive in his/her country.
Can you think of some TV/radio channel, newspaper, Internet site that works for a certain political or business figure? (You can simply answer yes or no.)
The answer in all three cases was surprisingly the same:
- Yes, sure!
Survey participants did not only give positive answer, but some of them even mentioned a number of local TV/radio channels, newspapers working for the benefit of a certain political or business figure.
The survey showed that although in capitals Baku, Tbilisi and Yerevan they have the opportunity for fast and high quality internet connection it is not available to everyone yet because of high prices, leaving aside the rural population.
There have been counted:
The survey showed that youth in the three countries do not underestimate the reform of Bologna system taking place nowadays in the education systems of their countries, but they also think that “current education system falls far from the European education system and universities”. It could be concluded that they are annoyed with the fact that they have a long time to wait until it is perfected.
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