EMEME – European Mobility fighting Ethnic Minority Exclusion
“Our memories are the only paradise from which we can never be expelled” – Jean Paul Richter
36 young people from six countries (Bulgaria, Lithuania, Greece, Italy, Romania and Portugal) met in Aveiro (Portugal) between 03-07 September 2018, in a project where Nevo Parudimos was a partner.. The non-profit association Aveiro Viva was the project coordinator.
This project was based on an understanding of the values of European democracy, on the assessment of sustainability and resource efficiency, succeeded by non-formal educational methods, helping the young participants to understand the importance of this approach, presented only in a few days of activities, and on the last day of the project, the final evaluation, in which the participants were divided into three main groups, representing: the European Parliament, the European Council and the representatives of each European country. Participants were required to adopt a beneficial law to combat the exclusion of minorities, especially children in these groups, to be better integrated into society and by simulating the European Parliament, the project was a success.
Over the course of this project, non-formal learning methods have greatly helped the final assessment because the participants managed to create connections and connections from the very first day to work better in the team. Named games, team-play and ice break games, respectively, have been greatly successful in trusting each other and getting to know each other better.
The visit to Aveiro was a very enjoyable one because each participant enjoyed the ocean and the vibe of the place, and the day start with an open seminar where the first game was This is not a spoon, where the creativity of each participant came to the surface , followed by a very interesting role play from which we found on our own how some people are treated in society, namely those in certain social categories.
Free time was a very sociable one because each participant was curious to know more about other cultures and in just a few days a very nice connection was achieved among those present. Intercultural sessions were the most anticipated by the participants, as each country contributed with various traditional dishes and small country-specific games and dances, of course followed by a party. The game of the secret friend, also renowned in these projects, was distinguished at the award ceremony that certifies participation in such projects.
From this project, we have been able to understand the importance of including refugees and minorities in society of all kinds, understanding and realizing that we are all equal and have equal chances of living regardless of the color of the skin or whatever clothing. By concluding that we in the present generation and the next generation will be able to change everything if we are united and have the patience with us.
The six participants in Romania to this project were Alexandru Group leader, followed by Theo, Carlo, Amalia, Carmina and Lavinia.
This project was funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Commission..