The youth exchange “TolerARTnce” took place between 12th and 20th October, 2022 in Cuevas Bajas, Malaga, Spain. The project was organized by Asociación EuroMuévete and 30 participants from 6 countries took part in it. Youngsters from Spain, Croatia, Romania, Italy, Turkey, and Bulgaria gathered in Spain to work on the topic of inclusion through art, explore the local culture, improve their language performance and share information about their own countries and cultures with each other in the Project which was co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European commission.
The objectives of the project was to raise awareness among young people about the need to integrate minorities at risk of exclusion into society as a whole, deepening their understanding of the concepts of social inclusion and integration of minorities, among others, and enhancing their artistic skills and sense of social entrepreneurship. Also the project aimed to motivate participants to integrate these marginalized groups into their own local communities, working with a wide range of socially excluded groups, getting to know social NGOs working towards this end and creating their own initiatives under the mentorship of social and youth workers. The youth exchange showed the wide range of possibilities offered by different artistic disciplines when working on all kinds of topics, as well as other types of activities within non-formal education including the topics about the different opportunities covered by the Erasmus+ programme, the competences related to the Youthpass certificate and how these types of projects and activities can contribute to their personal and professional development.
After the end of the project, the Bulgarian participants were eager to share their knowledge with the youth in their local society and they organized a discussion on the topic in class 11C of 31st High School for Foreign Languages and Management in the city of Sofia, where they presented the Erasmus+ programme, its opportunities and shared all the experiences that they had during the “TolerARTnce” youth exchange in Malaga.