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Sharing Seeds of Cultures
Start date: Aug 7, 2015, End date: Nov 6, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project „Sharing seeds of culture“ stems from the pedagogical mission of the cultural youth center „Bunker“: create spaces for sharing in accordance with the philosophy of open youth work. Among the objectives of the youth exchange camp „Sharing seeds of cultures“ was mainly to experience life in an intercultural context with cohesion with nature, using elements of natural and experiential education as well as non-formal learning methods that leave enough room for young people to unfold their skills and abilities and learn from each other. There was a high amount of heterogeneity among participants: while the italian group was characterized by teenagers in their last years of secondary school and young people with a low profile of schooling (NEET) aged under 24, the english group had great amount of university students and together with the croatian group there were many participants that have already entered the world of labour under different professional profiles (agriculture, health, education, culture). The camp gave ample space to participatory processes and supported the self-organization of activities accordings to the skill-sets and interests of the participants. Practical activities such as planting trees, which were more than well received by the local amministration in collaboration with the local agricultural highschool „Zanelli“ of Reggio Emilia, formed the setting for intercultural activities centered around non-violent conflict management, theme-based communication, story-telling, performative techniques borrowed from the theatre of the oppressed (Augusto Boal) and cultural activities that put the sights and events connected to Matilde of Canossa into the context of shared vision about a broader european citizenship. After the camp, it was possible to see a change in attitude among participants towards a greater awareness and responsibility. The benevolent reaction of the local population for creating a forest embedded within an intercultural process represents not only a memory, but is creating the simbolic basis for similar initiatives in the future that attain not only to promote european values but also reach out to make them become reality.
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