Playing as a means of intercultural learning

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In August a group of young Salesian animators from the Salesian Pastoral Youth Service (SPYS) participated in an intercultural youth training course in Brussels Belgium. The Course was funded by the European Youth in Action Programme. Based on Don Bosco’s principle that play is a necessary endeavour for young people’s well being, the theme of the week was ‘Fairplay(ing) – Intercultural learning through the use of play’.

The countries that took part in this training course were Malta, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Austria. The participants had the opportunity to learn techniques of youth work through the use of play. This not only created a nice atmosphere between the countries but it also helped participants to learn about diverse cultures. Some of the participants had just come back from long term voluntary work in Africa and they also gave their experiences about the interesting elements of cultures that live far away from the European shores.