About the project
The youth exchange “Make Social Inclusion Happen” reunited 60 young people from Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia. As youth workers, we are dealing frequently with young people with fewer opportunities that are either excluded from different aspects of the social or political life, either they do not feel confident enough to actively participate because they already experienced some form of exclusion. Aspects such as gender, color skin, disability, age, intelligence should not be criteria to achieve equal rights. This project represented provided the context to see beyond these surface aspects and discover the strengths and particularities of each young person involved, either he/she faced or not fewer opportunities.
The mobility took place in Costinesti, Constanta County between 19th and 29th September 2019. The working methods used were non-formal and participatory such as games, round-table discussions, role-plays, simulations, energizers and interactive presentations.
We estimate that the project had a positive impact in terms of increasing the participants’ level of tolerance and openness towards different cultures and people from themselves as well as now they are more aware of the negative effects social exclusion has and the importance to embrace diversity and our differences. Young participants found out about the Erasmus+ programme and the opportunities it provides, they had the chance to address a topic that is less often talked about in their schools. The impact is magnified since our participants’ previous experience with intercultural environments was highly limited.
The project contributed to the goal of all partners to promote social inclusion among the young people they work with. This project enhanced the development of key competences of the team by increasing their competences in applying, implementing, plan the follow-up stage and finalize a KA1 project. All 6 partner organisations developed their capacity to involve actively in activities that encourage young people inclusion.