16 people from several European countries met at the “Tell Me” training in Italy
During the period 13-16 November 2018, 16 people from Romania, Italy, Estonia, Portugal, Turkey, Ukraine, Spain, and Kosovo met in the “Tell Me” training, in Torre Pellice, Turin, Italy, where the Nevo Parudimos Association participated as a partner, the organizer being CSD Diaconia Valdese – Giovani e Territorio of Italy.
Participants Lavinia and Petruta, from Romania, – students at the “Eftimie Murgu” University of Resita, Social Work major, had a diverse, knowledge-intensive experience, where the skills gained from the previous Erasmus+ projects where they participated, have been put into practice and their involvement in the project themes was more profound and with great interest.
The objectives of this training were to promote an interreligious, multicultural dialogue through various methodologies from non-formal education, proposed for a youth exchange program with 28 participants from 4 countries (Italy, Kosovo, Ukraine and Estonia), a project to be carried out during the period 27 April – 2 May 2019, the title of the project being “Tell Me. Youngsters discovering interreligious communities”, the location of which is the same.
During the four days of training, each country proposed a new methodology specially designed for the future youth exchange program, established for April 2019, and also designed activities, games based on non-formal education which can help others better understand history and religious cultures without emphasizing stereotypes, but only to understand that regardless of religion we are all equal. Even the training participants learned a lot of new things about several religions following the seminar presented by a local priest, who is also a professor, Luca Bossi. At the same time, participants visited a famous mosque in Turin, its name being OMAR IBN AL KHATTAB, and a Catholic centre which used to host minors refugee from different countries, with whom they interacted to understand why they were in this situation.
During one of the training days, a visit to a library-museum called MUSEO VALDESE was organized in the host village, the museum storing a lot of historical objects and the culture of religions, even handwritten Bibles and simulation rooms to feel the peaceful prayer atmosphere from churches, but also post-war objects such as cannon balls, various types of rifles, carved wood cutlery, and even a sketch of the Alps exhibited at the entrance of the library museum.
The free time the participants have spent together was unique and during the last evening, each participant cooked and prepared something specific to the origin country and had as guests a group of high school students who are part of a local church.
“Due of these experiences, we have been able to see a different side of religion, that of malleability and flexibility that I did not know so well, although religion is very important in our society, it is more important to see the human being beside us, beyond religion and clothing style, as he/she really is, realizing that our way of thinking is the same and we are all equal.” (Lavinia, Petruta)
This project was funded by the European Commission Erasmus + program.