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The second international training course, which was organized by Regional Development Foundation (Bulgaria) as one of the initiatives of STRAPAC project, took place in Sofia from 18th to 24th of November. More than 28 people, representing the core target groups, participated in the course. The direct beneficiaries of the course were members of religious communities from Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran communities.  During the course, they had the chance to  meet, talk and exchange experience with representatives of the Muslim and the Jewish communities in Bulgaria.

The theoretical part of the course took place in House of Europe on 19th and 21st of November, while the closing session was held in the Faculty of Theology (Sofia University) on 23th of November. During the first working day, the participants got acquainted with the project and its objectives, but also with the EU institutions represented in Bulgaria, as well as with the funding opportunities of the EU in the field of education, training, social assistance and EU citizenship.  During this day, the participants introduce themselves and the institutions/organizations they represent. In addition to this, the social work of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, and its present and past, was presented to the participants. In the late afternoon, the participants enjoyed welcoming coffee offered by His Eminence Polycarpus, Bishop of Belogradchik and Vicar of His Holiness Neophyte, Metropolitan of Sofia and Patriarch of All Bulgaria.
On 20th of November the participants visited the Orthodox Information Centre in Blagoevgrad. Representative of the Centre presented the methods used at a level of a parish to help vulnarable groups of people. In the afternoon, the guests visited Rila Monastery where they enjoyed lunch, offered by the abbot of the Monastery. They get to know better what the activities of the Monastery are, its history and present state.
The third day of the seminar included visits to the Sofia synagogue and the Information Centre of the Grant Mufti of Bulgaria as well as lectures and presentations of good practices related to social work. Various practices to help people in need were presented to the participants. They also had the chance to understand how both the Jewish and Muslim communities organize their work to tackle social exclusion. On the 22nd of November, the guests visited Arapovo Monastery. The abbot presented to the participants the agricultural activities and the local wine&food production of the Monastery and how the Monastery helps vulnerable groups of people by providing jobs in the field of agriculture. In the evening of 22th of November, there was a dinner, warmly offered by the abbot of Bachkovo Monastery.
A round table discussion took place on 23th of November. The participants were asked to show/present best practices of their own religious communities to tackle social exclusion.  In the afternoon, the participants visited the Parish centre of "Nativity of Christ" Church in Mladost district where they were welcome by the Mayor of the district Mr. Rumen Rusev.
The second blended mobility gave an extraordinary opportunity to the target groups representatives to learn from the speakers and from each other about the social/volunteer work at the level of a parish and to absorb good practices and experience that could be later transferred to their local context.

 

 

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The second international training course, as one of the initiatives of STRAPAC project, will take place in Sofia from 18th to 24th of November in Sofia. The seminar will be organized by Regional Development Foundation, the Bulgarian partner of STRAPAC project. The residential course will last 7 days (including travel days) and will be opened to 20 representatives of religious communities from different countries. The participants should come from poor or rural areas of their country of residence. They could be religious leaders, priests, deacons, monks, religious teachers, representatives of local churches/religious administration, or representatives of other religious communities or minorities; 3) their work should be related to activities promoting education and social inclusion (Sunday schools, work with people with fewer opportunities etc). The course will have both theoretical and practical part. The theoretical part embraces lectures and presentations. The participants will be also asked to share their own experience about how they face challanges such as social exlcusion, poverety, economic incertainty etc. The practical part includes field visits to poor or rural parishes, local religious communities, parish centers, social enterprises, which are run by local dioceses, parishes or faith communities, dealing with people with fewer opportunities, but also with minorities' groups. The theoretical part of the training will last for 3 days, while the practical part will last 2 days. During the course the participant will be also informed about opportunities offered by the EU programmes and funds. The group, attending the event, will be given an extraordinary opportunity to learn from the speakers and from each other about the social/volunteer work at the level of a parish and to absorb good practices and experience that could be transferred to their local context. 

The first international course, which was planned as one of the training initiatives of Strategic partnership for representatives of religious communities’ project (STRAPAC project), funded by Erasmus + programme in October last year, took place from 8th to 14th of October 2018 in Italy (Bedonia, Parma and Piacenza). The course was attended by more than 20 priests, nuns, monks, professionals in theology and other representatives of religious communities from Italy, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece. The participants in the course received an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the social and volunteer work at a parish level in the regions of Bedonia, Parma and Piacenza, and to absorb good practices and experience in this field. They also had a chance to learn both how to organize fundraising campaigns and how to search funds for projects tackling social exclusion, but also to interact with people of different cultural, religious and professional background and to share good practices and own experience to help people with fewer opportunities at local level.

On  October 9th, Rev. Lino Ferrari, Rector of the Seminary of Bedonia (Seminario Vescovile di Bedonia) and Enrico Bricca, deputy Chairman of #GALdelDucato, welcomed all the participants along with Ms. Carla Cavallini, the local coordinator of the project on behalf of the Italian partner, who introduced the programme of the seminar for the forthcoming days. Gelu Calina, from the Centre for dialogue between sciences and theology of the University of Craiova (Universitatea Craiova), Romania (the lead partner of the project), introduced the purposes and the activities of STRAPAC project. While the first day of course was coming to its end, the STRAPAC staff continued to work on the financial issues and on the organisation of the 2nd #STRAPAC international course foreseen in #Bulgaria from 18th to 24th of November this year.

On the next day, the participants were brought to Caritas Diocesana di Piacenza-Bobbio where they had to learn how to deal with poverty and people in need. Welcomed and guided by Giuseppe Chiodaroli and Massimo Magnaschi, the participants to the 1st Erasmus+ STRAPAC international training course got acquainted with the main services of  #Caritas of the Diocesi di Piacenza-Bobbio. They took lunch later at the soup kitchen, run by the organization. After the lunch, the learners visited Associazione La Ricerca Onlus. The group was led  around by Mara Verderi at the "Centro Don Zermani", now home for many refugees and asylum seekers. The day concluded with a guided visit to the Piacenza Cathedral and to the famous Guercino frescoes, which was offered by the Diocesi di Piacenza-Bobbio.

On October 11th, Carlo Berni, the Mayor of Bedonia, welcomed the participants. The programme for the day included a presentation on the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020, which was delivered by Nubia Tagliaferro.  The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), which supports EU countries' actions to provide material assistance to the most deprived, was presented to the participants by Carla Cavallini. The programme continued with Prof. Davide Tacchini’s lecture on the Muslim views of Christianity and the West in the 21st century. Davide Tacchini is a research fellow and project coordinator at the Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany and Visiting Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy. His lecture was followed by a presentation of the social cooperatives according to the Italian model, which was delivered by Samuele Bertoncini from Confcooperative Piacenza at Seminario Vescovile di Bedonia.

The participants to the 1st Erasmus+ STRAPAC international course concluded their third day of activity with a guided tour to the Seminario Vescovile di Bedonia, the museums and the park led by Rev. Lino Ferrari, Rector of the Seminary of Bedonia.

On 12th of October the trainees visited the Forum Solidarietà - Centro di Servizi per il Volontariato in Parma led by Rosanna Pippa willing to learn more about what their mission, purposes, services are.

The training course was concluded with a visit to Parmigiano Reggiano dairy for a wine & cheese tasting on the 13th of October, followed by meeting with Father Jurie Ursachi, responsible for the Romanian Orthodox Community of Saint Daniel in Piacenza, who presented the parish and its activities in the fields of culture, social inclusion and ecumenical dialogue.

In the meantime, the documentary film, which is currently being developed under the project, was shot and few interviews were taken from parish priests in the social cooperative of Parrocchia di Sant’Antonio Abate a la Dozza in Bologna and in Caritas, Piacenza. 

More information about the course and its programme can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/STRAPAC.EU/

 

 

 
An international training course will be organised by GAL del Ducato sconsrl, the Italian partner of the STRAPAC project. The theoretical part of the course will take place in Bedonia while the field visits will be held in Piacenza and Parma, Italy. The residential course will last 7 days (including travel days). It will be open to 20 representatives of religious communities from different countries. Preferably:
1) they should come from poor or rural areas of their country of residence;
2) they could be religious leaders, priests, deacons, monks, religious teachers, or religious leaders of any denominations, representatives of local churches/religious administration, or representatives of other religious communities or minorities;
3) their work should be related to activities promoting education and social inclusion, by organizing schools, or helping people with fewer opportunities, such as disabled people, immigrants, orphans, people who lost their jobs, prisoners, adults, different minorities, such as Roma etc.
The selection will not be based on sex, disability, racial, religious, cultural or social backgrounds.
The course will have both theoretical and practical parts. The theoretical part will include lectures delivered by the partners experts and training courses, including also sharing of experience between the participants, while the practical part will include field visits to poor or rural parishes or religious community based activities, local religious communities, parish centers, social enterprises, information or educational centers, run by local dioceses, parishes or faith communities, dealing with people with fewer opportunities and minorities. The theoretical part will be for 3 days, while the practical part will take 2 days. The participants will be asked to share their experience at local level.
During the course the participant will be also informed about opportunities offered by EU funds.
The group attendig the event will be given an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the social/volunteer work at the level of a parish and to absorb good practices and experience, that will then be easily applied in their local context, but on the other hand they will also have the chance to interact with people with fewer opportunities and to learn about their problems, but also to share with them their own experience.
The course will help the achievement of the following outcomes: 1) increased knowledge and sense of initiative and entrepreneurship and leadership; 2) greater understanding and responsiveness to social and cultural diversity; 4) increased motivation and satisfaction in their everyday work; 5) more active participation in the society and increased capabilities to conduct efficient inter-religious dialogue; 6) Increased awareness and open access to learning for the people in need involved in the activity.