THE JOURNEY - KICK OFF MEETING IN CARDIFF
The Advanced Planning Visit (APV) for the Erasmus Plus multi-measure project “The Journey: stories of migration, tales of inclusion” took place from Oct. 14th to Oct. 17th in Cardiff, Wales. YEU International is coordinating the project together with our welsh member organisation “Project2020” and 5 other partners: USB (Greece), APS La Fenice (Italy), TOG (Turkey), YEU Cyprus (Cyprus), Street Arts Festival (FYROM/Macedonia).
During the meeting, representatives of the different organisations had the chance to thoroughly discuss all logistical and educational aspects of the first phase of the project. “The Journey”, in fact, consists of two different youth exchanges and a series of local activities in between: the first exchange will take part in Cardiff (Wales) at the beginning of december (1-9 - “Meet the Refugees”), while the second one will be held in Thessaloniki (Greece - “Bet the Refugees”) at the end of february (17-25). Moreover, within the two mobility projects, participants will have the chance to put into practice different storytelling methodologies in order to collect the stories of migrants and refugees from their own cities and communities, and to analyse the needs and opportunities existing in their realities that could support and facilitate migrants’ integration and inclusion processes.
The first exchange will develop according to three core elements that have been identified and detailed during the kick off meeting: 1) the first part of the exchange, will be focused on analysing and sharing data and figures concerning the current situation of migrants and refugees in the involved countries; 2) the second part of the week will be dedicated to analyze and experiment different storytelling techniques and methodologies (in a very creative and practical way: from graffiti to poetry, from photography to music); 3) the third and last part of the exchange will aim at “changing the narrative about migrants and refugees” by meeting young migrants/refugees and collecting their stories.
During the APV, partners had the chance to address all logistical details and needs and to visit the locations of the first exchange. The meeting also helped to figure out meaningful connections within the local context of Cardiff, a multicultural and very diverse city: during the exchange, participants will have the chance to meet and discover many different organisations and projects already dealing with the integration of migrants and refugees. Some of the participants will also have migrant backgrounds and origins and we’ll represent a positive value added to the overall project and discussion. These two elements will definitely contribute to the objectives of the project, and will provide further opportunities to “meet the refugees”.
If you’re interested in taking part in this great process, fill in the call for participants on YEU intranet: http://intranet.yeu-international.org/events/details/event/122
By Giulia Annibaletti