Group participants in Purchena.
Group participants in Purchena.

The town hosts this month's activity Youth Exchange 'Cervantes 2016, Reading and European citeizenship’, with the participation of young people from Italy and Turkey.

The provincial coordinator of the Andalusian Institute of Youth (IAJ), Ramon Soto, has attended in the town of Purchena a day of welcome young Europeans participate this October in an activity organized youth exchange through the Erasmus program +. This program allows young people to participate in mobility programs and acquire complementary skills to formal education.

The Youth Association iFit Purchena organized, in collaboration with the Township Public Library, Entresierras the Institute of Secondary Education and Youth Club Reading town, un intercambio juvenil con dos socios europeos: El Liceo de Aristoxenus Taranto (Italy) y el Genç Osman High School in Ankara (Turkey). The activity entitled 'Cervantes 2016, Reading and European citizenship 'and aims to achieve greater mutual understanding and better European citizenship through the reading of Don Quixote.

The project involves 37 young people aged 14 and 18 years from the three countries, that through reading an adapted youth of the great work of Miguel de Cervantes version intended to achieve objectives such as knowledge of other cultures, promoting awareness and European citizenship, perfecting other languages ​​and dissemination of cultural values ​​among youth.

Before the meeting taking place in Purchena, los participantes han leído El Quijote en su versión adaptada y han preparado desde sus respectivos países distintas presentaciones (theater, visual arts …) about the novel. Durante el intercambio cada socio mostrará sus actuaciones a los demás socios y juntos prepararán un breve vídeo para animar a los jóvenes a leer; also they undertake various activities on the influence that the work of Cervantes has had on European culture.

The visit of students from Italy and Turkey began last Purchena 16 October and will last until the next day 24. This week we celebrated the act of institutional welcome and reception of participants, in which the provincial coordinator of the IAJ, Ramon Soto stressed that "the Erasmus + program allows young people to acquire complementary to formal education skills and imbibe values ​​such as solidarity, The cooperation, tolerance and integration, which they are the essence of European citizenship and all with the guarantee and the guarantee of an accredited program by the European Union ".

Soto explains that "Erasmus + also a dual social function, because young people who participate in it, They work on projects that impact the benefit of society in different European countries ".

Mobility and European cooperation

'Erasmus +' is the EU program for education, formation, youth and sport. In the chapter Youth (Erasmus+: Youth in Action) que in Andalucía manages from her, It provides support for young people to acquire essential skills for personal and professional development through non-formal and informal education and the empowerment of workers and organizations, promoting mobility and cooperation in the field of youth.

‘Erasmus+: Youth in Action 'is divided into three key actions: mobility of people for reasons of learning, cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices and support for political reforms.

The first of these actions include youth exchange projects, the European Voluntary Service and training and networking of professionals who perform their work in the field of youth. The second action includes strategic partnerships in the field of education, training and youth and the third facilitates contact between young people and those responsible for decision making in the field of youth policy.

The European Commission recognizes the experience and knowledge gained through non-formal education, durante el desarrollo de los proyectos financiados por el ‘Erasmus+: Youth in Action ', by certificate 'Youthpass’.

Students can participate in the program, teachers, trainers, persons performing professional practice or participate in adult education programs, volunteers, young people aged 13 and 30 years old (according to each action) and workers in the field of education, training and youth.

Participation is channeled through different organizations projects submitted for approval and funding from the European Union and including public bodies include, ONG, social enterprises, associations, social enterprises, youth groups not associated, European groupings of territorial cooperation programs or companies with corporate social responsibility.