The Training Course “Footprints for Social Inclusion” took place in Vila Nova de Tazem in Portugal. It involved participants from 8 countries: Portugal, Macedonia, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece, where trainers were Dejan Ilioski and Olga.
The scope of the project was social inclusion and the aim of it was to introduce this topic to the participants, make them aware about the problems that social exclusion can cause and more importantly teach them how to recognize it in their everyday life and motivate them to act accordingly.
For some of the participants this was the very first project they have participate to, but there were as well participants that have been part of previous projects and training courses. All partner organizations presented their work. Additionally, the participants were introduced to the Erasmus + and all the other youth opportunities, just so to motivate and encourage them to take part in future activities.
The lectures were combination of interaction from the participants, exercises, group work, presentations and traditional lectures. Lots of games and creative workshops were implemented, so that the participants in an easy and fun way could learn and remember the material. Many different topics were touched, like: formal, non-formal and informal education and project life cycle. And the idea behind it was to give the participants a full picture on the problem and techniques how to work on it. It was organized in a way to teach the participants what social inclusion means, how they can recognize it in the society, what they can do about it, even more, how to become more active, participate in different exchange projects, motivate their friends and colleagues to take part as well, organize activities in their hometowns and even create and apply with projects.
One day trip to Coimbra was organized and a special visit to one of the oldest Universities in the World and Portugal’s oldest University. Since the project took place in one typical wine region, the participants were able to visit a wine yard and Winery and learn the process from collecting the grapes to producing the wine. Staying for few days in small village also made them get closer to the local people and feel the local life.
Since one of the goals of the training was a cultural exchange, every night different intercultural evenings were organized, where the participants offered traditional food and drinks from their home countries, showed national dances and songs, shared tradition and habits, few words from their language and promoted their own countries to the other participants. In general, through lot of fun and activities the participants learned lot about social inclusion, about the Erasmus opportunities, met new people, learned about their countries and promised to actively take part in their societies and make difference.