YOUTH EXCHANGE ABOUT INCLUSION AND ASTRONOMY

“Interstellar Inclusion” is a project funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ programme.

The project involved 36 young people from 6 different countries in a multicultural experience where they reflected and learnt about inclusive behaviours, empathy and astronomy. Problems as xenophobia, racism, nationalism and fear of the unknown find their origin in the difficulty of understanding the other and therefore the creation of walls, obstacles for the inclusion. That is where the project acts: create a safe environment where people with different backgrounds, cultures, origins and traditions (some of the participants had a migration background) can share experiences, learn and appreciate the differences, increasing inclusive attitudes and skills. The metaphor of an interstellar journey of the participants to a different world, far from ours, where society, traditions and culture are different was the path to introduce youngsters into the main topic of the project.

Objectives of the project are:

  • To promote a more inclusive and equal society, especially regarding people who migrate
  • To involve people with fewer opportunities (first and second generation migrants)
  • To develop tools and good practices to facilitate the understanding of the differences (put oneself in else’s shoes).
  • To fight racism and xenophobia through peer-to-peer experiences
  • To improve intercultural awareness
  • To empower youngsters and raise their employability through activities related to both the Europass CV and the Youthpass certificate
  • To discuss European values such as inclusion, identity and freedom of expression
  • To develop cooperation and teamwork skills
  • To enhance knowledge about science and astronomy (the solar system in particular)
  • To promote self-awareness and soft-skills learning.

Activities

The project worked on the following topics: inclusion, migration related issues and astronomy.

The daily programme included non-formal education activities as:

  • Daily energisers
  • Teambuilding
  • Intercultural nights
  • Reflection groups
  • Intercultural learning activities
  • Video production
  • Theatre activities
  • Interactive discussions and debates
  • Dissemination event in the town of Passignano sul Trasimeno
  • Visits to the city of Perugia

Dissemination

After days of activities and discussions about migration and inclusion, participants of the youth exchange organised an activity to do in town, on Sunday afternoon, when most of the people are out on the streets and squares. The group prepared short stories and poems about inclusion, based on the experience of some of the participants. The event involved many people of all ages, and it was an opportunity to share the learnings of the participants with the local community and to share the Erasmus+ experience with the youngsters of the small town of Passignano sul Trasimeno. Participants had fun and enjoyed the experience in contact with the community, after a week of activities in the farm.

Videos of the Youth Exchange

At the following link, you can find the recap videos produced by Associazione Kora about the Youth Exchange experience:

Recap Video of Interstellar Inclusion – Long version

Recap Video of Interstellar Inclusion – Short version

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