To prepare for the year ahead, project coordinators of Erasmus Student Network, both National and Local, from across the network came together between the 25th and 29th of September to share their knowledge, ideas, and their inspiration with one another to increase social impact of our network.
During the first edition of Social Inclusion Leaders' Meeting , held in Athens, the participants from all over Europe got to experience a variety of workshops related to the theme of "Social Inclusion". With presentations and workshops delivered by the International Project Teams, and ESN Eduk8 trainer, participants improved their skills and understanding of every aspect of international projects, how to motivate their Erasmus students to leave their marks through volunteering, to how to organise and facilitate amazing events and activities that promote social inclusion.
As part of the event, participants learned more about SocialErasmus, a project that they implement in their ESN countries and sections which enriches Erasmus+ programme by involving young citizens during their mobility experience through volunteering activities that take social action, fostering change in the society.
Also, ExchangeAbility project that aims to make ESN a more accessible association for students with disabilities at all the levels of its activities and increase the number of students with disabilities going on exchange. The long-term vision of the project is to promote the opportunities and support offered for students with disabilities to study abroad.
"The Social Inclusion Leaders' Meeting was the first of its kind. An event focused on the impact of ESN's activity and on its place in society. The coordinators of SocialErasmus and ExchangeAbility are now agents of a change that is starting from within, but whose impact will be much bigger in our students." - João Pinto, President of Erasmus Student Network AISBL
Participants also got the chance to learn about MappED!, project that aims to provide equal opportunities to students with disabilities for their participation in the Erasmus+ Programme, providing them with the necessary tools to be better informed about their rights, procedures and support services they are entitled to.
The meeting was a safe space where participants worked together to share ideas of best practice with their colleagues and friend and to prepare for the biggest period in the project calendar, Social Inclusion Days and at the end of the meeting the participants collected school supplies, clothes and food for children in need at the "Institute of Child Health" in Kessariani, Athens.
A big thank you to ESN International project teams, the International Board and ESN Eduk8 for facilitating the workshops and ESN TEI Athens for hosting this amazing event!