Recycling and Upcycling = Sustainable communities?

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The Recycling and Upcycling = Sustainable communities? project took place between April 20th-27th, 2016, in Berettyóújfalu, having 34 participants (out of which 23 were disadvantaged). Two countries were involved in the project: Romania and Hungary. The main topics of the exchange were the sustainable development, sustainable households (passive house, green cars), sustainable businesses, sustainable communities (local products), recycling, alternative energy, healthy lifestyle, sport. Exploring the main topics of the project allowed the participants

to actively engage in the community, to assume responsibility for the generation of the future. During the exchange, the participants made films about the 3 main topics of sustainable development: healthy lifestyle, sustainable households and active role assuming.

During the activities, the participants engaged in an intercultural dialogue with the local community (several ethnicities), a dialogue which contributes to the understanding of diversity. The virtual community also played a major role in this project, seeing that we promoted the animated films through most of the channels available (social networks, video sharing pages, eco-sites, etc.) By sharing the animated films through a wide range of virtual channels, the long-term impact of the program can move forward: on eco-sites, video sharing pages, social networks, etc. Thanks to this method, the message of the participants made short films reached a large number of persons. Furthermore, during the activities, the participants developed their creativity, sense of entrepreneurship and initiative, sense of social responsibility, ecofriendly behavior.

The working methods consisted mostly of presentations, combined with discussions at the round table, brainstorming, various workshops and field activities.

The intercultural activities (intercultural night, intercultural activities) facilitated the intercultural dialogue between the participants; the intercultural activities (for example, the questionnaire) indirectly facilitated the intercultural dialogue between the locals and the participants. The exchange contributed to the personal and social development of the young participants, facilitated the development of their key competencies, such as: communicating in a foreign language (English), social and civil competencies, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, cultural awareness.