SAMISI Project - a successful example for empowering young people to improve society
ESN Italy has just successfully completed the implementation of the ESAA project “SAMISI- Stimulating Awareness on Migration through Integration and Social Inclusion”. The project lasted for 6 months and it was implemented with the help of five local ESN sections (ESN Brescia, ESN Chieti Pescara, ESN Macerata, ESN Napoli & ESN Pisa). After a 5 day training event in Rome, 14 local events have been organised, from the North to the South of Italy. More than 336 people were involved in the activities organised by the sections and even more were engaged through social media!
SAMISI - Stimulating Awareness on Migration through Integration and Social Inclusion is a project of ESN Italy that started in February 2022 and ended in July of 2022. The project arose from the necessity to facilitate the integration of the increasing number of incoming political migrants in Italy, in the Italian Universities, and in the student environment in general. The aim of the project was to improve the lives of students with migration background in the academic and social environment and, simultaneously, raise awareness among the higher education institutions and the general student population on the topics of migration, social inclusion, intercultural awareness, and understanding.
The first activity of the SAMISI project was a training course. The SAMISI training course included a week of non-formal education activities for 25 ESN volunteers (participants). Aim of training was to provide participants with the necessary knowledge about migration issues, management and facilitation of groups with migrants, activity and project design & management, advocacy and social inclusion. The training was conducted with the help of a diverse group of experts, including both internal trainers from ESN Italy and external experts. The second activity of the SAMISI project were actions in local communities. Five local ESN sections (ESN Brescia, ESN Chieti Pescara, ESN Macerata, ESN Napoli & ESN Pisa) each month from May to July planned and implemented different activities in their local communities aimed at integration and raising awareness of the topic of political migration among academic institutions and the general student population. Sections used different formats of activities and cooperated with different stakeholders in their local communities in order to achieve high impact. In total, under the SAMISI project we implemented 14 local events attended by 336 university students.
As a final result of our project we created a booklet- “Stimulating Awareness on Migration through Integration and Social Inclusion- example of youth organisation”. The aim of the booklet is to show how youth organisations can help to raise awareness of migration issues and encourage integration of students with migration background in the student environment and in the local community using diverse formats of activities.