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A group of Maltese participated in a Grundtvig Mobility visit between 22nd and 24th September in Krakow (Poland). This event hosted by Stowarzyszenia WIOSNA was the fourth meeting within the “European Partnership on Adult Education and Mobility for Social Inclusion (EPAEMSI)” project, co-funded by the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning Programme.
The Maltese delegation included Charles Vella from National Parents’ Society of Persons with Disability; Marie-Clare Church, Francesco Bileci, Kurt Gauci, all from Equal Partners Foundation; and Jesmond Calleja and Josephine Attard. The group was led by Dorianne Formosa from Malta UNESCO Youth Association.
The two-year project aims at using the experience of the seven partner organisations on social inclusion and active participation of adult learners from disadvantaged social groups in order to promote and improve social inclusion through education, in particular non-formal and informal education. The host organisation welcomed adult learners from disadvantaged social groups from Malta, Spain, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Italy and the United Kingdom.
During the visit to Poland, the participants took part in a series of activities focussed on the best practices of Stowarzyszenia WIOSNA. It is an organisation catering for persons with disabilities and living in poverty and children with low self-esteem. The international meeting kicked off with the presentation of the host organisation about their main areas of activity and simulation of workshop “Practises of WIOSNA - How to believe in Yourself!”. Stowarzyszenia WIOSNA. Finally, the experience came to an end with the intercultural celebration prepared by the international adult learners for the members of the public and local organisations in Krakow.
One of the Maltese participants, Mr. Vella, was impressed by the engagement of international participants coming all from different stratas of society but with the common objective to celebrate an inclusive society. The other participant, Mr. Calleja said that “the Mobility activity in Krakow was a very interesting and positive experience whereby I learnt a lot from all activities which I shall cherish for a long time. I have made new friends from several different countries and been exposed to different cultures”.
The participation in the project and international mobilities is open to all Maltese residents who directly or indirectly belong to the groups facing possible social exclusion. For further information about next international mobilities, kindly contact Malta UNESCO Youth Association on firstname.lastname@example.org.