Days with Erasmus + project in Budapest

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
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“We promote integration” international project participants met in October in Hungary (Budapest Fasori evangelic gymnasium) to present their survey on students’ opinion “How to improve migrants’ integration”. Teachers and pupils of seven European countries discussed in smaller workshop groups their results of the survey, having made drawings with suggestions. There were lots of different opinions which each country’s  representatives found important. In the next step (forthcoming  meeting of the project partners to be held in the Lithuanian town of Panevezys) the participants are going to complete their recommendations for better integration into the local community. It has been decided that each country introduces its own recommendations in its native language and in English. Those recommendations will be compiled into a HANDBOOK with suggestions for easier integration of refugees and immigrants. The handbook is supposed to be the main project result besides our project website

The Hungarian coordinator Lilla Toth with her  team succeeded in organizing project activities according to our original plan and invited different representatives from Budapest whose organizations are helping immigrants and refugees(Hungarian Interchurch, Hungarian evangelic church, etc.) The project partners visited Budapest museum established in the rock and responsible for introducing hospital work between the I and II world war. There the visitors could see incidents from the Hungarian revolt 1956. After that terrible event  many Hungarians emigrated  to other countries.

One evening in Fasori gymnasium was devoted to national food and songs. The project partners invited each other to taste their products and introduced  their popular dances. Everybody enjoyed the multicultural evening. Cycling in Budapest streets along the river Danube was another joyful activity for pupils and teachers.

The guided tour of the  Hungarian parliament building, train trip to the town Szentendre allowed  the guests  familiarize themselves with  periods of Hungarian history. European projects allow  the possibility for students and teachers to contribute to each other’s  culture and feel that they are  members of a common Europe.

Lithuanian project coordinator Meilute Balbieriute