I love reading, I think it’s an important activity that less and less people do. People just “screen” texts or think that reading is boring. But it can be fun, open your mind, and inspire your imagination – Vania, Austria
This is what READ is about: promoting reading among youth, in particular the disadvantaged ones, through creative activities and non-formal approaches in order to foster their social inclusion.
This project can contribute to changing our reading attitude and become a movement. It provides guidelines for practical implementation in different institutions. This programme is interesting and useful for my daily work – Madhu, India
Youth workers and young people from Italy, India, Kenya, Slovenia and Austria met in Vienna (Austria) for the Final Workshop and Festival of the READ project. People already involved in the READ local educational activities who wanted to share their experience and the work done in their countries.
An intense week that made us creating together!
I was involved both in local activities in Slovenia and job shadowing in India. I was motivated to join the final event in Vienna to share my experience and to see the results of the other groups involved in the project activities. – Simona, Slovenia
Guided through non-formal and team-building activities, each country shared their own local experience and learnings in multinational mixed groups. We tried to identify causes why reading is not appealing enough to young people and brainstormed about potential solutions as well as ideas how to encourage a new way of approaching reading as a creative, inspiring and fulfilling activity, using different channels, tools and medias.
In Kenya, the percentage of young people with lack of interest in reading, keep increasing. I came to Vienna to learn from fellow participants, the methodologies used in their countries that are proven to stimulate their interest in reading as a way to open up the imagination among young people – Venuste, Kenya
At the end of the week, we have organised the Final Festival to present the READ journey and the tools develop during the 7 days spent together as well as the almost two years of project. It has been the occasion to present the achievements, results, activities as well as the work done by each partner in their local communities to the public.
I like working in teams, it stimulates me because it’s about giving and taking. The topic fascinated me, this idea of using a creative approach to reading activities” – Magassouba, Italy
In the next weeks, we will publish the READ OER with all the activities and tools developed within the project.
READ – Reducing social Exclusion through a creative approach to reADing is co-funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ programme, KA2 Capacity Building for Youth.
It involves 5 partner organisations from 3 different continents:
- Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo (Italy, coordinator);
- RIS Dvorec Rakičan (Slovenia);
- AMADEUS (Austria);
- International Transformation Foundation (Kenya);
- JRP (India).