Programme & action: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: Training course
Venue: Gánt, Hungary
Dates: 22 February – 1 March 2016
Participants: Jana Jeriová, Michaela Kývalová, Barbora Hořejší, Miroslav Jarabek
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Participating countries: Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Estonia, Hungary
Hosting organisation: Association Co-Efficient
In this past month, I have attended the Erasmus+ programme “Change your attitude” for both people with and without disabilities. As a part of a Czech team, it was me, my classmate Míša and other two students from different cities, Jana from Děčín and Miro from Bratislava, who was representing Slovak and Czech team as well. At first, my expectations weren’t high but I’ve soon learnt, that this programme will enlighten me and help me with my future studies. When we arrived, we were situated in a very nice dormitory with barrier free access, which was an advantage for the people with physical disabilities. We were warmly welcomed by the leaders of this one-week course and had an introduction meeting, where we were acknowledged about the programme of the whole week.
As a highlight, I would like to mention the visit to Budapest, where we have visited two institutions; one, which is a special school for physically disabled people. As I myself study special pedagogy for the early aged, it was a very educational trip for me and I have learnt a lot about how this whole institution works. We also got to talk to the students there, so it was nice to get to talk to them about how the schooling system works in Hungary and how they are happy with the services. After visiting this institution, we came to another one, where we had a very inspirational talk by Nagy Bendegúz Lóránt, who travelled the whole wide world on a wheel chair. We were astonished by his accomplishments and also by the beautiful pictures he took at each place.
Overall, the Erasmus + programme has taught me a lot about people with disabilities, about people from different countries but also a lot about myself. I was put into situations I would usually not come to contact with, so I’ve learnt how to work, communicate and help people with different kinds of disabilities.