The “New Decameron” project was a youth exchange organized by Asociación Brújula Intercultural in Belorado, Spain, that aimed to bring together young Europeans to offer them a space for reflection and growth, to allow them to become aware of and consolidate the positive aspects of what happened during the pandemic generated by Covid-19 and thus help us to leave the negative ones behind.
Using writing as a tool, the objective was to make sense of the pandemic and the isolation, to understand the general and personal impact that all this has created and to overcome it, thus building the memory of a community, the youth and the European community, which has been hit hard silently and indirectly.
During the exchange, the participants achieved the following goals:
- Improved their storytelling and writing skills and the project gave young people the opportunity to publish the stories they created,
- Provided them with a vehicle for personal and collective expression to help them to become aware of and consolidate the positive aspects of what happened and to leave the negative ones behind,
- Created an inclusive space for free expression, where to understand the impact of the pandemic and isolation on young Europeans in terms of attitudes, behaviours and competencies,
- Understood the impact of the pandemic and isolation on the environment, the economy, European society and participants’ local communities
Understand what crowdfunding is, its possible applications and its basic tools,
- Implemented crowdfunding for the publication of the book containing all the stories produced during the project.