Borderless Dialogue: Social Integration Through Non-formal Education
The “Borderless Dialogue” project is based on one of INPRO’s local initiatives called Open Cafe which was realized under the scope of the Open Rzeszow project in 2016 which was financed by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe. It was initially created in response to the increasing number of immigrants moving to Rzeszow, Poland to study or work.
The concept of Open Cafe was popularized in Sweden, Greece and Italy within the previous project “Social Intergation through Informal Dialogue” (2018-2021) and now the format spreads among partner organizations in Spain, Portugal and Hungary. (2021-2022).
Open Cafe is an informal and comfortable space open for all. It is a space where people meet, break stereotypes about each other and debate different issues. They also learn how to actively listen, be respectful and express their opinions in a clear manner. The aim of this project is to create new cultural spaces in 3 cities in Portugal, Spain and Hungary for people to meet on equal terms, and where the rules of interaction are more flexible. This creates a mutual understanding between participants which can then filter into larger community-level interactions. In this manner, the project would help achieve more social cohesion and an easier way of living together in diversity.
The project number 2019-3-PL01-KA205-077512 is financed by Erasmus Plus within Strategic Partnerships Key Action.
So far we have realized:
10/2021 - Training in Rzeszow
09/2021 - Midterm meeting in Paredes
On September 21st and 22nd, 2021 we meet again in our coordinators team for the second project partners meeting! Half way through the activities, lot of work still to be done! The meeting was about evaluation what we have achieved until now and how we can manage the project realization smoothly regardless difficult times. Thank you Association No Gordio for hosting us in such a wanderful sourandings!
07/2021 - Training Course in Valencia
From 19 to 23 July, the first training action of the KA2 Erasmus+ Borderless Dialogue Project. During the whole week, in the classrooms of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Valencia, we worked on how to improve the communication of the Open Café, setting up a dissemination plan and training the people who will be in charge of the promotion, development and execution of the 12 editions to be launched in each country as a result of this project.
During this training, theoretical knowledge on marketing was provided, tools such as Canva or Genial.ly for the elaboration of communication materials were studied in depth, and the most appropriate channels in each country to communicate and disseminate the value proposition of the Open Cafés were discussed.
The programme included different field visits and leisure activities, such as a guided tour around Valencia, with special emphasis on cultural centres and the artistic environment of the city, a visit to La Batisfera, a café that carries out a similar activity to the Open Café and a visit to the Consell Valencià de la Joventut, where we had the opportunity to meet the body in charge of being the voice of young people in Valencia.
It was a very profitable training where under the hot València sun in July we were able to acquire knowledge to make the project a success!
09/2020 - Online Kick-off meeting
We can’t always meet face to face but it is always nice to see our partners! On September 21st, together with Associação Nó Górdio, Dideas Desarrollo Personas, and KÖZ-Pont Ifjúsági Egyesület we started our two-year strategic partnership project within Erasmus Plus. Thanks to that, we will keep promoting the idea of Open Cafe as a method of social integration. Stay tuned for more info