Stars of Inclusion — Romania

ERASMUS+, Key action 1: youth exchange

Venue: La Padure, Brebu, Romania

Dates: 21—30 January 2024

Czech team: 5 participants + 1 group leader 

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Hosting organisation: Asociatia Nevo Parudimos

Project report:

In the coldest month of a year, a group of six Czechs decided to go for an adventure to far Romania. Most of us have never been there, so we all took part in Erasmus+ project, advertised by EYCB, and not knowing each other nor what´s ahead of us, we set off.

We all met in a bus, where we practically got to know each other, since we spent there about thirteen hours. To La Padure, venue, where the project was happening, we arrived late in the evening, and all of  us went to find our beds and say hi to our roommates.

Many different nations had the opportunity to meet in La Padure, nominally Romania, Spain, Northern Macedonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Turkey and the Czech Republic, of course. All together it was 55 of us, which was, in my humble opinion, too many people for a project like this.

The project was called Stars of inclusion and its objectives were to increase the participation of young people, especially Roma and to use method of Forum Theatre to understand better what inclusion means. First two days we mainly played get-to-know-each-other games as well as some team-building and trust-creating activities. Deeper in the project we had started discussion on various topics, had activities to show how people who are being judged might feel, followed by reflection on that topic. We then all had a chance to express ourselves through some theatrical movements and short plays we organised in groups.

The final point of the project was playing short plays in the city of Resita, where local people could have come to see us. In smaller groups we had prepared a drama concerning an important topic and then we performed on the stage of Resita theatre.

The project was very complex and eye opening, especially as we met as such a diverse group, and I believe many of us had to rethink how we approach people in our daily lives.

Lucie G.

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