South Cheshire College holds European Summit
Published: June 5, 2017
South Cheshire College hosted a European Summit to celebrate the success of YBRECA – a project that promotes intercultural communication among students and teachers across Europe.
YBRECA, which stands for ‘Youth Bridges to Reach Efficient European Citizenship Awareness’ is an Erasmus exchange project that was launched in September 2015.
The project includes high schools and colleges from Germany, Sicily, Romania, Greece, Sweden and Turkey and focuses on how the young generation can become active European citizens who take advantage of all the European opportunities and make positive social changes.
16 partners and 11 international students attended the Summit, along with Principal of South and West Cheshire College, Jasbir Dhesi, former Mayor of Nantwich Cllr Andrew Martin, former Mayoress of Crewe Marilyn Houston, as well as people from local businesses and schools.
The Summit included presentations and interactive activities around the theme of promoting unity across Europe and making it a better place to live, to develop and to reach success. The visiting students also took part in a range of South Cheshire College classes and activities as well as cultural visits to Chester and Chirk Castle.
Yvette Robinson, Head of International at the College, said: “We were thrilled to hold the summit of the two year project in the U.K. It has been very successful and this was made possible by the managers, staff, stakeholders, students and members of the community.
“It is a perfect example of what can be achieved when everyone pulls together in the same direction and we are very grateful for the support of all involved. We have plans to continue with these links and collaboration with the partners ensuring links with the European countries in the future and this event has secured our position to do this.”
The Erasmus Programme, which funded the YRECA project, is an EU exchange student programme that has been in existence since the late 1980s. Its purpose is to provide foreign exchange options for students from within the European Union and it involves many of the best universities and seats of learning on the continent.
Project Leader Christina Barbu from Romania said: “We had an amazing time at South Cheshire College and were thrilled by the support and hospitality given by everyone there. As a result of the amazing results that the partners on this project have produced, we have obtained an award from the funded body Erasmus which is fantastic.”