Little Pizza Effect - Food Fusion
Date du début: 15 août 2015,
Date de fin: 14 avr. 2016
Little Pizza Effect - Food Fusion was a youth exchange project with activity taking place in September 2015 in Hungary. Youth Exchange brought together youth from UK, Hungary and Slovenia and participants from different cultures learned about unity in diversity through creativity in cooking and intercultural learning through specific healthy eating workshops. Little Pizza Effect took place from 12. - 19. 9. 2015 and the project involved seminars from motivational speakers every day, interactive activities and workshops (games, debates, quizzes etc.), through which participants have improved on their core skills and it helped with their personal development as well as doing voluntary work in the community to help improve the local area.
Why was the project named so?
The phrase “Pizza Effect,” was coined in as late as 1970 by an anthropologist named Agehananda Bharati, and is used to describe a phenomenon that sometimes people lack confidence in their own culture, but are eager to blindly accept all things new and foreign. Originally, a pizza was looked down upon in Italy as the poor man’s food: it was just simple unleavened bread with a little tomato sauce for taste. Then, accompanying the early emigrants, it made its way to America, where it was garnished with cheese, olives, peppers, various meats, and so on, totally transforming the original into a kind of delicacy. Years later, when it made its triumphant return to the land of its origin, it became a highly respected dish on the menu of even the most eminent restaurants. The new product was eagerly accepted and even given pride of place in Italian cuisine.
The venues for the Little Pizza Effect - Food Fusion it were in Budapest, Somogyvamos and Balaton lake, Hungary. The youth learned about how they can come together to combat prejudices, exchange knowledge and have learned from each other based on common interests. The theme of the youth exchange was how a simple thing as food intake, when being prepared consciously, can be used to unite one another and learn how we can be happy and healthy by addressing our true needs. Youth Exchange was a beautiful, creative and intercultural learning for all who participated in this activity.
The aim of this project was to bring together youth from different cultures to educate them about the unity in diversity that exists today through common interests. This has been done to help participants realise the common goals that we all have for example what we are looking for in life in happiness. Young people can be particularly inspired and reach their potentials if they have a focus for what they want and we want to help them achieve their potential.
We can state that in major part all objectives were met:
1. creating an awareness and appreciation of different cultures. The Little Pizza Effect - Food Fusion was designed in such a way to help participants learn about the different cultures and the similarities that exist amongst the different type of people. We learned a lot about European culture through learning about British, Hungarian and Slovenian culture.
2. Intercultural learning for participants about sustainable ways of living, especially in the long term. This is one of the reasons we chose the venue in Hungary since the ethos of the organisation and also venues that we visited is focussed on sustainable living.
3. Project helped youth realise their potential and open their minds to the great impact they can have on the world and help them become active citizens and prepare them for European Citizenship.
4. through workships we promoted a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating as well daily practice of sports, yoga and meditation. Our daily schedule has also been designed with this in mind - where activities of such a nature are scheduled daily.
The long term effect was about how the youth can give back to the community. After the exchange activities, all partner organisations have held a public event in their respective countries where the results of the project had been shown (photo and video diary of the project, presentations by leaders and participants on subjects learned at the exchange, presentations of physical and character improvement of participants etc.). On this events, local stakeholders (youth NGOs and other educational and youth-working organisations, local municipality) and media had been invited for purpose of further dissemination of the project.
The project presented an opportunity for the youth of three countries to learn about other cultures and languages as well how we can come together to serve as a community.
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