Overview of a successful youth exchange in Slovenia

December 9, 2018

“Erasmus +” program gathered youth in Slovenia

On November 9-17, the youth forum “Fake news, fake reality?” Was held in Slovenia in Murska Sobota. The project took place in the Mansion Rakičan as part of the Erasmus + project.

Delegations from 6 countries
The forum was attended by 6 countries: Slovenia, Lithuania, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Spain. From each country has a group of 6 participants aged from 17 to 36 years old, fluent in English and having an interest in the stated topic, “Fake news, fake reality?”.

“Fake news, fake reality?”

During the program, participants had the opportunity to present their country, to get acquainted with the national cuisine, folk dances, and culture of the participating countries.
The main topic of the youth exchange was “Fake news, fake reality?”.
During the youth exchange, the participants actively discussed, worked in groups on various projects, performed tasks and just had a good time, because “Erasmus +” is first of all multicultural communication. The participants also had the opportunity to visit Murska Sobota in a very unexpected format in the form of a game named “Scavenger Hunt”. The teams were given the task to find and photograph the sights of the city (for some, to take a selfie for the whole group, others just to find and capture on camera), to communicate with local residents and interview them. The goal of the task was to be more involved in the local culture and community. After that the participants attended a meeting with the ex-Prime Minister of Slovenia and current minister of infrastructure Alenka Bratusek.

The next day was started with an activity called “Human library”. The activity was about asking guests from Slovenia questions in the fields of Journalism, History and Art History, Gypsy Organizations activity. They were answering questions like: “Have you encountered any hate speech in your career or field of work?” and “How did you deal with this problem?” etc.

One of the days the participants visited the local radio Murski Val and Roma Radio (Radio Romic), employees of the local newspaper “Vestnik”, in the local social media house. They had the opportunity to discuss how the news get to the radio or into the newspapers and how they get redacted and designed.


Erasmus + program and project results

At the beginning of the youth exchange, participants were divided into groups: two video groups that worked to create video on the exchange (the first group prepared material on the project’s activities, the second interviewed participants), one group that dealt with photo material, a group of journalists whose goal was to create a newspaper and talk about the project, a leaflet group that worked on the creation of a leaflet to present the project, an art group whose goal was to create a design project, and a group of leaders whose task was to combine all these materials by writing an informative article on the activities of the project and to publish it in their own countries on information portals.

At the end of the project, the participants achieved key competences through the activities like: “learning to learn”, “communication in foreign languages and in their mother tongue”, “entrepreneurship”, “cultural expression”, “interpersonal, intercultural and social competences and civic competence” and “digital competence”. These competences are fulfilling some of the participants learning objectives for this project.