"EuroGaming 2010" increases inclusiveness in Palermo, Italy!
"Non Formal Education: In Action - Increasing inclusiveness in youth work and volunteering", was the second training course that was implemented under the project “Eurogaming 2010” and took place between the 9th and the 18th of June 2011 in Palermo, Sicilia - Italy. A total of 23 participants (including trainers and staff) participated in the course and worked with young people, from six countries: Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Cyprus, the UK and Italy.
The main objectives of this training were to empower present and future youth workers to work on the topic of social inclusion and obtain background and knowledge to use and mutiply Eurogames; to learn, experience and understand non-formal education as a tool for social inclusion, especially for young people with fewer opportunities and youth with disabilities, to plan together activities on a local and international level about social inclusion and Eurogames in general.
During the training, issues related to team building, intercultural learning, stereotypes, social inclusion, non formal education, volunteering and project management were discussed, and special focus was placed upon the way to use the Eurogames booklet and apply it with disabled people.
Participants also experienced a great opportunity to pay a visit to the local Association “Comitato Sordi Italiano”, where they met with a participant from the last Eurogaming training course and discussed further more about her experience in Eurogaming. The participants implemented some Eurogames activities, and learnt the alphabet, as well as some phrases and expressions in sign language with 20 deaf people who were present there. According to several participants, this was the most beautiful moment of the training, as it was a great moment to raise the awareness and get involved on the topic.
The trainers were very active and inspiring, and provided many opportunities for discussions and theoretical support, while at the same time encouraged the group, proposed different challenges and provided diverse moments to try the Eurogames dynamics as far as different disabilities were concerned. The group bonded well from the beginning, being together all the time and showing a great motivation to participate in the activities.
Act it Out – Having an impact in Palermo!
During the training course, trainers proposed to participants to develop an activity with the local community, aiming to raise awareness about the disability and social inclusion issues within the local population. After coming up with a lot of ideas, the group decided to go out carrying different banners with different messages and questions, and do a group machine to show that we should act all together for the inclusion of disabled people. During this activity there was a special participation of 2 people from Palermo, one deaf and one with a physical disability that empowered the motivation of the group. Among the activity were some locals that wanted to know more about what was happening. The activity was marked with great success and had a big impact on the streets as well as on participants, who considered it to be very successful and useful for them.
In general, the training course reached participants expectations, leaving in each one of them that motivation to use Eurogames to keep doing or start doing any type of work in the youth field with a special focus on disabled people. The visit of the local association and the direct contact with the deaf people enriched all experiences and points of view. The majority of the participants hadn’t worked with disabled people before, and thus they mentioned that this training was very useful and inspiring to start thinking and feeling this issue on a different way.
Cristel Domingos and Marlene Ribeiro