Erasmus 30 Day event “Erasmus for Migrants and Refugees”

The Erasmus 30 Day event “Erasmus for Migrants and Refugees”, which the CLAR realized on October 13, 2017 in Arcevia (AN), in the beautiful context of the ancient convent of San Francesco, saw a considerable participation by migrants, reception operators, trainers, teachers, representatives of public and trade union institutions, cooks and food professionals, as well as a broad representation of the foreign partners of the Erasmus Plus Vivet and SusKinder projects that the Association is currently developing.
The works were opened by the mayor of Arcevia, Andrea Bomprezzi, who underlined the importance of the conference in the strategy that his administration has long since adopted for a direct involvement of the refugees of the Arcevia Reception Center, through the participation in socially useful (snow emergency) and other types of initiatives, in this case cultural, such as the archaeological excavations coordinated by the University of Roma Tre, to which the refugees have collaborated.
The president of the Clar, Luca Serafini, then explained how the Erasmus Plus projects currently participating in the Association are enrolled in a more than twenty-year course in the field of vocational training and territorial cooperation, which today allow Clar to tackle the issue of migrants, beyond any political controversy and irrational fear, building concrete possibilities for cohabitation and collaboration on the ground of knowledge and skills in the workplace.
At this point the word passed to Helmut Riethmüller and Jan Schultze of the Berlin Forum Berufsbildung who, as lead partner of the Vivet project, described in detail the innovative features of the teaching approach of an online tool that organizes, in paths carefully structured in multiple languages, videos, texts and in-depth documents that are in this way usable wherever you are. This is an ideal tool to provide in a functional way a quick access to very technical skills not only of the sectors chosen for the moment (organic farming, assistance to the elderly, environmental sustainability, information security), but expandable to any other technical and professional field. An instrument, of course, which can be accessed by all European citizens and all those in the world who have access to the network.
Elena Sinatti from Clar then succinctly illustrated the history of the Erasmus program, providing in brief essential financial and utilization data, which undoubtedly make this program, thirty years after its birth, one of the greatest successes of the European Union’s action . He also explained how Clar, in his twenty years of activity, was able to connect his consolidated experience in funded training, in particular from the ESF, to the Erasmus program, working in the key actions of strategic partnership and innovation, building a wide network of relationships with European organizations working in the field of Vocational and Education Training (VET), which shows another important benefit of the program.
The official of the Prefecture of Ancona, dott. Ferrante, intervened, before a short refreshment with products from organic farming, to confirm the attention to projects such as those developed by the Clar institutions, since they must handle all the problems of immigration in our territory, in particular by relating here with the Arcevia Reception Center, which operates in this area since the crisis in the Balkans of the Nineties.
Elena Vecchi, who directs it, explains the reasons for an activity that is now able to make the presence of asylum seekers a resource of this Center, of its long experience and its innovative organizational and operational approach. for the territory, reducing fears, eliminating tensions, knotting collaborations that have produced positive and constructive results, of which the large group of migrants who in the hall followed the whole morning of work is eloquent testimony.
As a demonstration of the wide range of forces operating in Italy to face the migrant emergency in a proactive way, the school manager Elena Giommetti, current head of the CPIA of the provinces of Ancona and Pesaro, intervened with a concise but fundamental contribution. -Urbino, to explain to the numerous migrants present in the room the opportunity offered by the Cpia thanks to a substantial funding also coming from a community project, to attend Italian language courses of levels from basic to intermediate, totally free and widely widespread in several locations on the territory.
The day of work, really seminar because of the possibility of comparison between the different actors and the different approaches to the immigration issue, was finally concluded by Gaetano Sinatti, who illustrated the other Erasmus Plus SusKinder project, developed by Clar together to a very broad and articulated partnership. He focused on some more technical aspects of the Erasmus Plus program, showing concretely how the projects funded are designed and implemented for the benefit of all those who are approaching this type of opportunity today. He then concluded by illustrating the specific training contents of the SusKinder project that more closely concern the topic of relationships, in kindergartens and primary school, with food as a vehicle for meeting and socializing children of different origins and cultures and with their families, by raising awareness of sustainability issues, of healthy food, of religious festivals to which food is connected in various cultures and religions.
It was ultimately an event actively attended by all those present, speakers and audience, with whom it proved the possibility of complementary approaches that, by coordinating several key actors and different strategies all based on knowledge, offer concrete answers to immigration emergency, so worthily celebrating the Erasmus Community program in its thirtieth anniversary.

Below is a small photo album of the event.