SAMISI STIMULATING AWARENESS ON MIGRATION THROUGH INTEGRATION AND SOCIAL INCLUSION - EXAMPLE OF YOUTH ORGANISATION
We would like to express our appreciation to our five local sections: ESN Brescia, ESN Chieti Pescara, ESN Macerata, ESN Napoli and ESN Pisa for their dedicated work on this project and all amazing events they organised. This booklet reflects the opinions of Erasmus Student Network Italy and their individual writers, not necessarily those of the European Union or Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance who funded the SAMISI - “Stimulating Awareness on Migration through Integration and Social Inclusion” project. PUBLISHED BY: Erasmus Student Network Italia- ESN ITALIA Sede Operativa: Via Giuseppe Rondinini, 9 - 00169 Roma Sede Legale: Via Anastasio II, 80 - 00165 Roma Codice Fiscale 92105850348 - Partita IVA 02507830343
This booklet has been developed under the project “SAMISI - Stimulating Awareness on Migration through Integration and Social Inclusion” with the support of the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance funded by the European Union.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
About SAMISI project
SAMISI training course
SAMISI local actions
Meet ESN Italy
Appendix: Activity Implementation Reports
01. About SAMISI project SAMISI - Stimulating Awareness on Migration through Integration and Social Inclusion is a project of ESN Italy that started in February 2022 and ended in July of 2022. The project arose from the necessity to facilitate the integration of the increasing number of incoming political migrants in Italy, in the Italian Universities and in the student environment in general. The aim of the project was to improve the lives of students with migration background in the academic and social environment and, simultaneously, raise awareness among the higher education instutions and the general student population on the topics of migration, social inclusion, intercultural awareness and understanding. Due to the recent political and humanitarian crisis, it is crucial to work on the facilitation of the integration of students with migration background in the academic world, promoting their social inclusion, empowerment and participation.
LOCAL ACTIONS TRAINING
02. SAMISI Training Course The first activity of the SAMISI project was a training course. SAMISI training included a week of non-formal education activities for 25 ESN Volunteers (participants) aimed at training them on management and facilitation of groups with migrants, doing advocacy activities within universities, social inclusion, migration issues and awareness-raising. The training was conducted with the help of a diverse group of experts, including both internal trainers from ESN Italy and external experts.
Meet the SAMISI trainers
During the training our internal trainers helped our participants to plan local actions. Also, our internal trainers carried out evaluation session.
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Insaf Dimassi, activist for political, civil, and human rights with a degree in International Law, experienced in assistance and linguistic-cultural mediation services, in particular for political refugees and asylum seekers introduced our participants to the topic of migration.
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External experts we hosted during the SAMISI training:
Luca Martelli, cultural project manager (Aurive) presented a session on the topics of “Migrants and social inclusion” and “How to organize innovative events”.
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Ada Andreoni, co-leader of the Systems Change module and the Wellbeing module of the Ashoka Europe Fellowship Program (Ashoka) presented a session on “Frame and System Change” and “How to identify and communicate the impact of your activity”.
Also, as part of the training, our participants visited the organization “ASINITAS-Centri interculturali con i migranti” where they participated in different activities ASINITAS is organizing for migrants.
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03. SAMISI local action The second activity of the SAMISI project were actions in local communities. Our five local ESN sections (ESN Brescia, ESN Chieti Pescara, ESN Macerata, ESN Napoli & ESN Pisa) each month from May to July planned and implemented different activities in their local communities aimed at integration and raising awareness of the topic of political migration among academic institutions and the general student population. Our sections used different formats of activities and cooperated with different stakeholders in their local communities in order to achieve high impact. You can find more details about the events at 05. Appendix: Activity Implementation Reports
DIFFERENT LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Night at the mosque (ESN Brescia, 20/06/22)
MEETgration: World Refugee Day with the Centro Astalli Sud, (ESN Napoli, 19/06/22)
A look at the Arab world - laboratory of writing and speaking arabic language (ESN Chieti Pescara, 30/06/22)
Meet &Speak; immigration and social inclusion-tandem (ESN Brescia, 31/05/22)
International picnic (ESN Pisa, 18/06/22
A matter of perspective- workshop (ESN Pisa, 11/07/22)
MEETgration: International Aperitif, Cultural Date and Blind Game (ESN Napoli, 31/05/22)
International dinner (ESN Macerata, 03/07/22)
The world comes to Brescia- picnic (ESN Brescia, 12/07/22)
MEETgration: Summer Aperitif and International Picnic (ESN Napoli, 15/07/22)
Sport 4 inclusion (ESN Macerata, 14/06/22)
Cineforum- movie under the stars (ESN Chieti Pescara 05/06/22)
Conference: Migration, University and Volunteering. ESN as a bridge to integration (ESN Macerata, 25/05/22)
Un caffè con ESN Pisa: migrACTION (ESN Pisa, 28/05/22)
O4. Meet ESN Italy
Erasmus Student Network Italy is the Italian level of the Erasmus Student Network AISBL (ESN), one of the biggest European student organizations whose main aim is to promote and support international mobility among students. ESN Italy is a non-profit organization that works as the administrative and coordinating body of the 53 ESN sections on Italian territory. It was officially founded in 1994 by the members of the 7 oldest Italian ESN sections, to give a stronger continuity and coordination to their regular activities.
With about 2000 volunteers, the aims of ESN Italy are: To welcome foreign students who come to Italy for a study visit in one of the Italian universities, supporting them in finding accommodation, mentoring, and organizing events to promote their integration in the hosting country; To inform the local students about the European program opportunities, with a specific focus on exchanges between universities; To implement projects in line with the main objectives of the Erasmus+ Programme. To promote active citizenship and youth engagement in accordance with ESN mission “the enrichment of society through international students”.
05. Appendix: Activity Implementation Reports
Reports by ESN Brescia
NAME OF THE ACTIVITY MEET & SPEAK: Immigration and Social inclusion DATE AND PLACE OF THE ACTIVITY 31/05/2022 Corso Mameli, 47 - Brescia DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY The event was divided in two parts, the first one was the welcome part in which the participants were invited to have dinner together with people they probably haven’t met yet so they can meet new people and get ready to talk about deeper topics during the second part. During the second half of the evening the participants were invited to move to the next room where we prepared six different tables divided by language. Before they started to work in their own language tables, we did an introduction in which we explained what the SAMISI project is, we shared our experience during the training course in Rome and we presented several statistics about immigration in Italy. After the presentation we started to talk at each table in Italian, Spanish, French, English, German and Russian about the topic. In each table there was a guide that had several questions prepared so the debate could be started from there. An hour later after listening to different points of view and practising a foreign language we did an activity altogether that consisted
iin a Kahoot with questions related to the data projected during the introductory part and connected also to the questions discussed at each language table. We chose this specific format of event because we’ve seen in the past how people are very interested in practising a new language, so we saw that as an opportunity to also talk about a topic we consider important such as immigration and social inclusion. Each moderator was prepared to mediate possible difficult situations that fortunately didn’t take place during the event. PARTICIPANTS Most of the people that attended to the event were students from Brescia and international students that are doing their Erasmus semester here in our city. We had 52 participants during the event that were split almost in half women and half men from several nationalities that are specified in the attendance list in a range of age between 20-30. EXTERNAL PARTNERS/ EXPERTS INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY AEGEE helped us by sharing some advice about the way we should organise an event in this kind of format as they have some experience organising linguistic aperitifs. COMMUNICATION OF ACTIVITY We spread the word about the event through our social media accounts such as Instagram and facebook as an association and then we
also shared the event and its description in our whatsapp groups that are the best way we have to communicate with the Erasmus students and our classmates from university. This is the picture we shared on out social media accounts.
CHALLENGES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACTIVITY The challenge we thought it would be bigger is the fact that this event was about a sensitive topic, so the main concern was related to the level of attendance to the event. But thanks to the advice from Luca Martelli that highlighted the importance of offering food as a way to attract more participants we managed to welcome more than 50 people that night, people that were very interested about the topic and that were open minded to listen to different points of view.
NAME OF THE ACTIVITY Night at the Mosque: An Intercultural Experience DATE AND PLACE OF THE ACTIVITY 20/06/2022 Via Corsica, 361 Brescia DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY The event started at 19.30 at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Brescia with an introduction about the SAMISI project, ESN Brescia and the GMI (Young Italian Muslims). We continued the event with several groups of participants learning how to wear a hijab, both male and female, other groups were listening to the Coran and being interviewed by the Muslim youth of the centre to talk about why they were there and what to expect from the event. We proceed to the next activity, a multicultural dinner with some typical dishes from Pakistan, in which the participants got the chance to have one to one conversations with the youth from the Muslim centre. After the dinner we were divided in men and women in two different rooms to participate in their moment of prayer and get immerse in their culture. Afterwards we did a tour at the mosque and once we finished, we gave the chance to the participants to continue with their conversations in which people got the chance to create a
dialogue and make questions related to important topics of today’s society and what the Muslim youth think about it. PARTICIPANTS The participants who attended to the event were mostly between 18 and 30 from different nationalities, including many Italians with international backgrounds. The participants included Erasmus students, students from Brescia, ESN volunteers and the youth of the GMI. EXTERNAL PARTNERS/ EXPERTS INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY Our external partner this time was the GMI (Giovani musulmani d’Italia) because they were open to the idea of having an event with ESN in which they opened their doors to us to create an event in which the participants got the chance to see, get to know and experience one night at the Mosque with all the activities that were part of the night. COMMUNICATION OF ACTIVITY To communicate the event to the people from Brescia we used the social media accounts from our ESN section and also our personal accounts (Instagram, Facebook), whatsapp groups were also another channel where to let people know about the event as is the most used channel to communicate with our Erasmus students here in Brescia, other associations also shared the Google form to participate, including our partners from GMI.
CHALLENGES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACTIVITY One of the challenges this time was the involvement of the Erasmus students as many of them went back to their countries already and others as well as Italian students are in the middle of their exams period, we promoted a lot the event in every possible group and also the youth from the GMI did the same, so in the end the attendance to the event was higher than expected for this particular time of the year.During the introduction of the event, we had problems with the projector that thanks to the capability of the presenters to communicate well without the need of the PowerPoint presentation and still involve the participants during this introductory moment.
NAME OF THE ACTIVITY The world comes to Brescia DATE AND PLACE OF THE ACTIVITY 12/07/2022 Parco Castelli (Via Benedetto Castelli 11, Bs) DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY The activity consisted in an international picnic in which the participants were invited to bring something from the country they are from, or they have lived in, like food, stories, poetries, songs, dances, or objects. It started with the international dinner with some traditional Greek and middle east food provided by ESN plus some typical dishes that the participants brough and continued with the exchange of cultures from the participants with a little presentation of each of the objects, stories, poetries that the participants brought to the event to share with everyone. PARTICIPANTS We have a little more than 30 participants at this event of which most of them were students from Brescia and some of the remaining Erasmus students from different countries.
EXTERNAL PARTNERS/ EXPERTS INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY No external partners were involved for this event. COMMUNICATION OF ACTIVITY We promoted the event through all our social media pages such as facebook and Instagram, shared the invitation through our several whatsapp groups and invited also some other associations that like to participate to ESN events in Brescia.
CHALLENGES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACTIVITY The main challenge for this event was the fear of low participations as the event was made in a date where lots of students are still in exam period and lots of the Erasmus students already went back to their own countries, so the possibility to make an international dinner decreased a little by that so we decided to contact international restaurants from Brescia to bring also typical dishes from other countries by our own to increase the internationality aspect of the event.
Reports by ESN Macerata
NAME OF THE ACTIVITY Conferenza: Migrazione, Università and Volontariato. ESN come ponte verso l’integrazione sociale DATE AND PLACE OF THE ACTIVITY 25/08/2022 Aula Rossa 2, Polo Pantaleoni (via della Pescheria Vecchia 26) DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY The conference was about migration and how the different realities we invited work to support social integration. After a brief introduction, we had the speech of Professor Benedetta Giovanola from UniMc, who talked about the approach and the various procedures and projects University of Macerata is going to apply for these themes. Then there were speeches from Eleonora Santoni and Anna Paola Fabri from Polo9, an association operating in Ancona and Macerata and from Alex Amanze from ACSIM Macerata, which also deals with migrants providing them help, Italian courses and other things to promote migrants to live integrated in our society; these are two associations dealing with migrants and social inclusion, making housing, activities etc, hence they talked about their local realities and how they approach these themes, giving some tips and examples.
We also had a speech from Chiara Ferrari as RAF of ESN Italy, who talked about the mission and values of our Association and how these are related to the themes of our conference. After all the speeches, there were some questions about how to act in order to raise the awareness for this topic. The event lasted an hour and half; after that we had a buffet for all the participants at Caffè Corso, in Corso della Repubblica 31. PARTICIPANTS There were 24 participants attending at the event: mostly ESNers, but also Erasmus students and some local students, besides the six speakers: the age rate of the participants was from 20 to 30 years old. EXTERNAL PARTNERS/ EXPERTS INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY We invited Professor Benedetta Giovanola and the local IRO manager Antonella Tiberi, Chiara Ferrari from ESN Italy, Alex Amanze from ACSIM Macerata, Eleonora Santoni and Anna Paola Fabri from Polo9 as lectures; plus we had the buffet at Caffè Corso. COMMUNICATION OF ACTIVITY We promoted the activity on Instagram and Facebook by sharing the event or the stories from the Section’s page, plus on our Whatsapp’s group with other Erasmus people and by word of mouth. The owner of Caffè Corso, where we made the buffet, sticked a flyer of our event as an advertising. We don’t have videos, because
We promoted the event through all our social media pages such as facebook and Instagram, shared the invitation through our several whatsapp groups and invited also some other associations that like to participate to ESN events in Brescia.
CHALLENGES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACTIVITY At first we had some troubles with our guests, because they replied to our emails with delay, but luckily everything was fine in the end; moreover we had a little less participation as our expectations, maybe because of the start of exams period, but we are satisfied the way the event went.
NAME OF THE ACTIVITY Volleyball Match: Sport 4 Inclusion DATE AND PLACE OF THE ACTIVITY 14/06/2022 Campo sportivo via Dante Alighieri DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY We had a volleyball match together with our Erasmus students and some migrants staying in Macerata. In fact, we believe that sport is the best way to start a social inclusion, since it links and does not divide. We made mixed teams to promote inclusion and befriend to the others and we played for a couple of hours. After that, we made a couple of typical foreign games, like “Daruma-san ga koronda” (which is the Japanese version of Italian “Un due tre stella”), in order to raise the participants’ awareness of the differences of other cultures, starting from sports. At the end, we had a snack with pizza and drank some water to recover from the fatigue. The pizza was provided by “Pinseria Bonobo 2”, which also deals with fragile people, working on their job inclusion; we thought this could be the best way to include various local realities that deal with the main topic of the project and our activities. PARTICIPANTS There were 21 participants , including our volunteers, Erasmus students and migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and South America.
The age range was 20-30 years old. EXTERNAL PARTNERS/ EXPERTS INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY We contacted “Centro d’Ascolto e di Prima Accoglienza Caritas” (through Caritas Macerata) and thanks to them we got in touch with some local migrants and we invited them to our events. Plus, we contacted Pinseria Bonobo 2, a pinseria in Macerata, working on the job inclusion of fragile people, for pizza and drinks. The owner of the pinseria was very happy of our activity and we think we can work again with them! COMMUNICATION OF ACTIVITY We promoted the activity on Instagram by sharing the event or the stories from the Section’s page and on our Whatsapp group with other Erasmus people, plus by word of mouth.
CHALLENGES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACTIVITY At first we had a little issue with the volleyball net for the match, but we succeeded to fix it before the starting of the event. Moreover, we hoped to have more participants, but due to exams session, the departure of lots of our Erasmus and the little availability of local migrants (due to other activities of theirs or because of their lack of knowledge of English in order to communicate with them in presence), there were less than expected. But still, we are very satisfied and now we know how to improve these activities!
NAME OF THE ACTIVITY International Dinner DATE AND PLACE OF THE ACTIVITY 03/07/2022 Galleria degli Antichi Forn (via Piaggia della Torre, 4) DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY First we had a “discussion round”, where we talked about who we are, what we do and the purpose of the activity. Then we met our guests talk about their lives in Macerata, where they come from and what they do now, their hopes and dreams, we talked about the differences between our cultures (music, reliigion, festivities etc.) and we got some tips from them on how to raise the awareness for the topic on migration and tolerance. After the discussion round (which lasted almost one hour), we had an international dinner; it was an amazing moment, since every guest made and brought some typical dish from his country, we asked for recipes and we spoke about everything and anything. During the dinner, one Afghan guest started to rap a freestyle for us, we had such a great time... it’s true that also food links! The nicest thing is that migrants asked us to hold the discussion round in italian, because they wanted to train themselves to keep a conversation in italian, even if they were not very comfortable or fluent with the language.
PARTICIPANTS There were 19 participants , including our volunteers, migrants from Pakistan and Afghanistan and one local student who saw our event and joined us. The age range was 20-30 years old. EXTERNAL PARTNERS/ EXPERTS INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY As for the previous event, we contacted “Centro d’Ascolto e di Prima Accoglienza Caritas” (through Caritas Macerata) and thanks to them we got in touch with some local migrants and we invited them to our events. We also contacted the city hall for the availability of the location. COMMUNICATION OF ACTIVITY We promoted the activity on Instagram by sharing the event or the stories from the Section’s page and on our Whatsapp group with other Erasmus people, plus by word of mouth. Here’s the graphic for our event:
CHALLENGES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACTIVITY Unfortunately there weren’t Erasmus students at this event, because they left Macerata at the end of June. Another little issue was that they weren’t very fluent with the italian language, but we appreciated a lot their enterprise, so we talked slowlier in order to let them understand better.
Reports by ESN Napoli
NAME OF THE ACTIVITY MEETgration International Aperitif and Cultural Activities DATE AND PLACE OF THE ACTIVITY 31/05/2022 The Florist Bar, Via Michele Tenore, 8, 80100, Napoli DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY MEETgration was an event composed by three activities: International Aperitif, Cultural Date and Blind Game. We chose this kind of event because it seemed to be the easiest to organize, considering that we had no much time available (about 16 days after the end of the Training Course). We took advantage of the fact that we have already met the owner of The Florist on the occasion of another event. She also could cook for us international dishes and the bar had a beautiful garden where the Erasmus could stay. The participants arrived around 6/6.30 p.m. and after signing the attendance list, the international aperitif began. The owner of the bar spent many years abroad so she cooked for us vegetable couscous, hummus and pita which were very appreciated by the Erasmus. They also tried Carcadé, a tea infusion made from the petals of red hibiscus flowers, typical of Africa. After the aperitif we started the Cultural Date in groups, because it seemed to be better than
in couple for stimulating conversation and making everyone comfortable. We suggested questions based on different topics, such as typical traditions of the countries, migration, social inclusion and so on. One staff member per table acted as a facilitator for the conversation and the students talked more than an hour about that topics. They also performed folk dances and songs. It was a very stimulating and engaging conversation. Finally, we started the blind game, even if the space was not very large. We recommended the students to bring some foulards. For those who didn’t have one, we took care of it bringing some foulards from home. We blindfolded them and explained the game. After an initial moment of confusion, they got involved and started to play. We made sure that everyone felt comfortable with this activity, which is very intimate. After they found their partners, the game ended. At that point, we thanked all participants and gave them appointment for the next event. PARTICIPANTS 6 ESN Napoli staff, 18 Erasmus Age range between 20 - 29 years old 9 M and 15 F Nationalities: Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Israel, Greece, Spain, Romania, Chile, Turkey, Lithuania.
EXTERNAL PARTNERS/ EXPERTS INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY We had no partner for this event, we only asked the owner of the Florist bar if she could host us for this afternoon. COMMUNICATION OF ACTIVITY MEETgration: when Erasmus+ meets Migration issues MEETgration is designed as a meeting between Erasmus and migration issues, and adapted to the various formats depending on the proposed event. Each event is connected to the other by a fil rouge, which is kind of a meeting. Hence the word play MEETgration. By means of a build-up, with the Communication campaign we attempt to build up the loyalty of Erasmus to the events, making them interested in event after event in the entire SAMISI project, which then becomes a shared path. All our communication campaign was made on our Social Media (Instagram, Facebook).
CHALLENGES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACTIVITY When it comes to dealing with such a sensitive topic, one could feel powerless facing these challenges but we were able to adapt, especially during Cultural activities that require care and attention, since we were from different cultures and backgrounds. We wanted to be sure everyone would feel included and comfortable by doing these activities.
NAME OF THE ACTIVITY MEETgration, episode 2: World Refugee Day DATE AND PLACE OF THE ACTIVITY 19/06/2022 Istituto San Gabriele, Corso Garibaldi 18, Grumo Nevano NA DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY For the second event, we celebrated the World Refugee Day in collaboration with an immigration center in the province of Naples, in Grumo Nevano. Our idea was to meet immigrants in their “home” and stimulate a dialogue with International students about topics like migration and social inclusion. We chose this kind of event because it seemed to be the best way to sensibilize about that topics, considering that in Samisi TC we did the same and it was a beautiful and impressive experience. We took advantage of the fact that Francesca had already met the referent of Centro Astalli, Noemi, so she talked with her and ask for a collaboration for this event, that they were already planning to organize in occasion of the World Refugee Day, in the Istituto San Gabriele, with other associations. The event took place in the beautiful garden of the Istituto San Gabriele, where all immigrants met volunteers from other association and our International students. Davide met the Erasmus in Garibaldi station in Naples to help them with train tickets and to accompain them in the journey .
to Grumo Nevano that lasted around 15 minutes. The participants arrived around 11.30 am. and after signing the attendance list, they started a conversation with immigrants about social inclusion, migration, local tradition and other topics. They took part to some activities, workshops and games. They also listened to a concert called “In viaggio si diventa grandi” with Bruno La marca e Aldo Gorgoglione. Then we had an international lunch provided by volunteers and Astalli Center with cous cous, pizza and italian food. We also provided food, in particular sushi . After the lunch, Francesca accompained the erasmus to the train station and they came back home. At that point, we thanked all participants and gave them appointment for the next event. PARTICIPANTS 3 ESN Napoli staff, 4 Erasmus Age range between 20 - 29 years old 5 M and 2 F Nationalities: Italy, India, Bangladesh EXTERNAL PARTNERS / EXPERTS INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY Centro Astalli Sud, Istituto San Gabriele COMMUNICATION OF ACTIVITY MEETgration: when Erasmus+ meets Migration issues MEETgration is designed as a meeting between Erasmus and migration issues, and adapted to the various formats depending on the proposed event. Each event is connected to the other by a
a fil rouge, which is kind of a meeting. Hence the word play MEETgration. By means of a build-up, with the Communication campaign we attempt to build up the loyalty of Erasmus to the events, making them interested in event after event in the entire SAMISI project, which then becomes a shared path. All our communication campaign was made on our Social Media (Instagram, Facebook). For this event we had two types of communication, based on two different targets: the italian one and the english one.
CHALLENGES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACTIVITY This event was extremely challenging since we decided to take the risk to plan it in the province of Naples, Grumo Nevano, in order to give people the chance to meet migrants face to face. We were inspired by the visit to the migration center in Rome during SAMISI.
NAME OF THE ACTIVITY MEETgration, Episode 3: Summer Aperitif and International Picnic DATE AND PLACE OF THE ACTIVITY 15/07/2022 Capodimonte Park, Naples. DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY The event took place in the biggest public park of Naples (Capodimonte Park). All the activities were made on the field. At the beginning we made an ice-break game, in order to put the participants at ease. During the game each person had to tell everyone 3 things about himself, 2 true and 1 false; the others had to guess which of the three facts was false. We, the organizers, took part in the game as well. After this ice-break, the participants had the opportunity to speak to each other and talk about their countries. We put music in the background during the event. The last activity was a small tour of the park, we took a walk and then we finished the tour at a panoramic viewpoint. PARTICIPANTS 2 ESN Napoli Staff, 9 Erasmus students Age range between 20-29 years old 5 F; 6 M Nationalities: Italy, Poland, Romania, Turkey, India, Cile, Iran
EXTERNAL PARTNERS/ EXPERTS INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY We had no partner for this event, we only contacted an external partner to provide the aperitif. COMMUNICATION OF ACTIVITY MEETgration is designed as a meeting between Erasmus and migration issues, and adapted to the various formats depending on the proposed event. Each event is connected to the other by a fil rouge, which is kind of a meeting. Hence the word play MEETgration. By means of a build-up, with the Communication campaign we attempt to build up the loyalty of Erasmus to the events, making them interested in event after event in the entire SAMISI project, which then becomes a shared path. All our communication campaign was made on our Social Media (Instagram, Facebook). For this event we had one type of communication targeted to International students/interns, former but also newest, since a lots were leaving and a few were already in Naples. Currently, we’re still working on the final content by gathering all the materials we’ve been producing for these three events. We already published three different carousels, and now we’re planning on publishing a serie of Reels for each event of SAMISI.
CHALLENGES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACTIVITY The main risk was the period during which the event had to be organised, since being mid-July and thus the end of the semester there was a risk of having no participants.
Reports by ESN Pisa
NAME OF THE ACTIVITY Un caffè con ESN Pisa: migrACTION DATE AND PLACE OF THE ACTIVITY 28/05/2022 Scuola superiore Sant’Anna DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY The event was divided into four sections (plus a buffet) and the duration was around 2 hours. The debate focused on political migration to Italy and how Italy reacts and works to include people with a migratory background. In particular, we wanted to focus on those experiences of less privileged migrations, people escaping war, who come to Italy to look for a new chance of life, compared to those that come only for better working conditions or for study purposes.. Other focus: foreign students. The goal of this event was to try not only to encourage the exchange of ideas, but also to understand how we can, with small gestures, improve the lives of all these people. First part: The mediators opened the “Caffè con ESN Pisa” presenting themselves and the President of the Section. The latter spoke about the SAMISI project, the format of the event and what would be the main topic.
Afterwards, they presented an afghanistan girl, a student of the school of advanced studies Sant’anna, who talked about her experience. The aim was to try to give a background to each of the pax and create the right environment to encourage the exchange of ideas. Second part: All the guests were introduced (which we will present more broadly in the next part.), giving them 10 minutes to present themselves, by saying who they are and what they do and then we asked them a relevant question, already agreed previously. Third part: After listening to the presentations of the various guests, the real debate began with questions asked by the participants or prepared previously by our mediators to have a reaction in the audience. Fourth part: In the latter part, the moderators pulled the threads of the discussion and posed one last question: ”How can we all positively influence and create a welcoming environment for people arriving, students and not?” Before concluding, the President of ESN Pisa gave more information about the next event scheduled for the SAMISI project: the International Picnic. After the thanks, all the guests took part in the buffet to continue the discussion informally and have the opportunity to discuss possible future collaborations.
PARTICIPANTS The event was open to every type of participant: local students, international students, non-students, professors, anyone who wanted to discuss or learn a little more about the topic was welcome. At the end we reached 32 participants, the main nationality was Italian but we also had someone from Ukraine, Gabon, Pakistan,Turkey, France,Hungary, US. EXTERNAL PARTNERS/ EXPERTS INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY We had two guests on the institutional side, two representatives of the international relations offices: one from the University of Pisa and one from the school of advanced study Sant’Anna. We decided to involve the university to have a discussion on how this reality works, in their small, for the reception of migrants. Then we involve some local associations such as: Amnesty, Emergency, Strong Community NGO and Arte Migrante. Each of these is active in Pisa on the theme of migration in different areas and we wanted to involve them to have more different points of view. COMMUNICATION OF ACTIVITY We wanted to publish the event two weeks before the date of the meeting but this was impossible due to the late training and the more late communication about how to create the graphic material, so we ended publishing everything just one week before the event.
We made a facebook event, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/3118409961713917/?re f=newsfeed Moreover, we prepared an instagram post and story; for the tickets we used eventbrite, so we have created the event also there. On instagram we have also posted two sets of graphics about who will be our guests.
Finally, we published the event on our telegram group with our Erasmus and we sent some messages to various associations here in pisa. Our event was also promoted by the university, via their telegram group, thanks to the international relationship office of the University of Pisa. The school of advanced studies of Sant’Anna shared the event on their mailing list and posted some flyers.
CHALLENGES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACTIVITY We had a lot of problems finding a location because the training course was made so late that we had just one week to find a location, at the end, thanks to one of our volunteer that is making a Phd in the School of Advanced study of Sant’Anna, because the school answered to the email we send them with the internal address and they agreed to host the event. In our university, it is very difficult to reserve a class, as a matter of fact we need to ask for it a lot in advance. Another problem linked to the short time we had to organise the activities was the possibility of inviting local organisations. We were afraid to not have any association. Because of that, we invited a lot of people and at the end we had too many guests and too little time for the discussion. Finally, as staff, we haven’t had sufficient preparation on the topic; therefore, it was difficult to facilitate the discussion. Anyway, every problem we had was related to the timing we had to organise the event.
NAME OF THE ACTIVITY International Picnic DATE AND PLACE OF THE ACTIVITY 18/06/2022 Parco delle Concette (Pisa) DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY During the International Picnic Day, we went outside to enjoy food and nature with friends. We spread tablecloths and towels on which we put food from different parts of the world: India, Mexico, Syria and Lebanon, Greece and some regions of Italy. Next to the dishes we wrote the names and ingredients, so that those with allergies could eat safely. We used reusable plates and cutlery. A guy who works in the restaurant who brought us food from Mexico explained one of their dishes (mole): an ancient dish, of Aztec origin. PARTICIPANTS The event was open to every type of participant: local students, international students, non-students, etc. At the end we reached 23 participants. The main nationality was Italian but we also had people from Morocco, Costa Rica, Spain, Paraguay, Albania, France, Romania, Lituania, Turkey...
EXTERNAL PARTNERS/ EXPERTS INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY We involved in the activities some local restaurants: Tandoori (Indian cuisine), Al Madina (Syrian-Lebanese cuisine), Makedonia (Greek cuisine) and Casa Tizoc (Mexican cuisine). We thought that the best way to realise the event was to involve some restaurants from different cultures that we have here in Pisa, we chose those because of the difference between them and because the owner was so excited to help us spread awareness about the migration. COMMUNICATION OF THE ACTIVITY We published everything just one week before the event because the organisation and the location didn’t give use a strict number, everything was more free than the last time. We made a facebook event, here is the link: https://fb.me/e/2xSwmPnlU Moreover, we prepared an instagram post and story; for the tickets we used eventbrite, so we have created the event also there.
Finally, we published the event on our telegram group with our Erasmus and we sent some messages to various associations here in pisa. CHALLENGES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACTIVITY We had some problems about the participation of the Erasmus students, an effective way to improve the general engagement in this event could be to organise it during spring (maybe in may) or autumn (for example in November): these two periods of time might be the best for students, since they are not in the middle of exam season and therefore probably more open to the idea of taking part in other activities. Another way of implementing the number of participants might have been writing the copy of the event in a better, more eye-catching way, inviting Erasmus students to actively participate and make typical dishes from their home countries ( just two Erasmus actually brought food/drinks, all the others just came to eat the food already prepared). Again, the short time available to organise the event was against us. With a little bit more time, it would have been interesting to include in this experience other moments of a different kind of cultural exchange, such as: reading of poems and literary pieces from every, country whose food was at the picnic; listening to the folk music of a specific country. And, if there was the chance, inviting anyone who wanted to sing and dance, gave more time to the presentation of the single dishes, talking about their history and their hypothetical national, regional or local varieties and so on.
NAME OF THE ACTIVITY A matter of perspective: come mettersi nei panni dei migranti DATE AND PLACE OF THE ACTIVITY 11.07.2022 Parco delle concette (Pisa) DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITY The participants learnt to put themselves in the shoes of migrants; they became more aware of the causes of migration, of the various differences between categories of migrants, and they also tried to understand how to make the life of others better with small gestures. The issue of political migration has been and will always be a strong debated topic around the world. People often find themselves talking about this topic without having enough knowledge about it. With this workshop the participants began to be more conscious about this through moments of explanation and discussion, about the causes of migrations and the differences between the various types of migrants. We also had an active part where they found themselves in the shoes of some migrants. We ended the workshop with some tips on how to help migrants and a small poem that the trainerread to leave a final trace of everything that had been done and invite the participants to, once again, think about migration.
PARTICIPANTS The event was open to every type of participant: local students, international students, non-students, etc. At the end we reached 12 participants. All participants were from Italy. EXTERNAL PARTNERS/ EXPERTS INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY We chose to not involve any external partner/ expert because during July our staff is busy with the University so we chose to make the event as simple as possible. For the trainer and facilitator we used two volunteers of our Staff and for the buffet we simply bought pizza, fruits and snacks at the supermarket COMMUNICATION OF THE ACTIVITY For this event we used Instagram as the only platform for communication: we posted an informative graphic on our feed, using the indicated hashtags, and we posted two stories: one published on the same day of the post and the other as a reminder the day of the event. You can see the graphics below.
CHALLENGES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACTIVITY We didn’t have much trouble organising the event. It was not the first time that the trainer and facilitator were working together, so the workshop took place without problems. We could however improve the activity based on the suggestions from who has participated.