Italy – May 2017

Meeting in Rome

From 15th to 19th of May in Rome was held the first meeting with partner organizations within the project "Innovative methods of adult education for the Future of Europe", hosted by Italian partner organization CIAPE. The workshop was aimed to be the introduction to the project. Participants learned about the current migrant situation in Europe, gathered the necessary theoretical knowledge and started to reflect about their future workshops.

We started our session with the integration part in the evening of the first day in wonderful Rome. We’ve got to know each other better, as well as we tried the traditional cuisines of Partners’ countries: Polish, Spanish, Italian and British. We can say that food definitely helps to "break ice"!

The acquaintance with the e-learning method started on the Monday with the morning session. The most noteworthy is the meeting with the social entrepreneur from Le Mat, who shared her experience in creating games regarded to developing certain skills. The theoretical part was continued during the study visit at Luigi Sturzo Institute, where the participants not only got to know more about this cultural foundation, but also had an opportunity to form an overall perspective on the social and cultural situation in Europe. During the discussion panel the participants took part in the debate about challenges which Europe is facing when it comes to the migration crisis. Moreover, while brainstorming, participants compared approaches and shared the ideas of how to use their organisations’ methods in adult education for the needs of the project.

One more visit which is worth to note is our study visit to Programma Integra, who are working with migrants and outlining the importance of language in creating the autonomy of refugees. The debate after the session allowed participants to highlight the key aspects in working with people with a foreign background. Partners also shared their experience in working with seniors and reflected over adult education in context of migration policy.

The study visit at MaTeMù produced a strong impression on project participants and definitely stack in their memory. It was divided into two parts. The first was the visit to Matemu itself, during which participants saw the actual activities of youngsters who came there, even a little bit of the planned concert. The second part was on our almost last day: we visited the social enterprise "Altrove" – the restaurant started by the participants of Matemu’s cooking classes. At the same time it was our farewell dinner, which was full of cultural exchange, ideas-sharing and, of course, practicing English.