Wednesday, 29 May 2013

INTERCULTURAL DIALOG FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION IN ROMANIA



Between 24th to 27th May 2013, the Ethnocultural Diversity Resource Center hosted the third meeting of the European Partnership on Adult Education and Mobility for Social Inclusion (EPAEMSI) welcoming adult learners from disadvantaged social groups from Spain, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, Italy and United Kingdom. The Project, co-funded by the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning Programme, aims at using the experience of the seven partner organisations on social inclusion and the active participation of adult learners from disadvantaged social groups in order to promote and improve social inclusion through education, in particular non-formal and informal education.

During their time in Romania, the participants have taken part in a series of activities orientated at social inclusion through education. They first took part in workshops on social inclusion and conflict resolution in multiethnic environments which included a presentation by Ethnocultural Diversity Resource Center on their best practices on education for social inclusion. Participants also visited local activities for social inclusion including: the visit of Bánffy Castle (a monument being restored involving disadvantaged groups) and the visit of a sample of income generating activity run by disadvantaged people in rural areas. The experience culminated at the Belvedere hotel with a conference on non-formal education for social inclusion. This was followed by an intercultural celebration open to all participants, local NGOs and members of the public.


In order to continue with the work of the project, before the next transnational activity in Poland, a series of activities will take place at local level with trainers/teachers and adult learners from each organisation reflecting on the best practices presented in Romania.