The EduKino project „Promote image education as a tool for the inclusion of children in precarious and migratory situations” has been funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus Plus program under the collaboration of seven organisations from four corners of Europe: AFEJI (Project coordinator), Cinéligue and L’Univers Cité from France; APROXIMAR- COOPERATIVA DE SOLIDARIEDADE SOCIAL from Portugal; No Place Productions from the United Kingdom; Asociatia Profesionala Neguvernamentala de Asistenta Sociala ASSOC and Centrul pentru Promovarea Invatarii Permanente from Romania. 

On 18-20 May 2022, the first short-term training event of the Edukino project was organised in France! The main core of the event was defined by spotting strategies on how to build a model of cooperation in cultural projects with vulnerable children.  

On the first day of the event we went to Gravelines, where the project partners had the opportunity to visit the first Afeji establishment, namely MECS (a children’s home). We learned more about Cinéligue and, thanks to the participation of specialised educators and experts in the field of image education, we all had the chance to interact in image education workshops. Moreover, the first day was concluded with a screening of the audio-visual productions of children (pixilation workshop) & short movies on games and video games selected by teenagers (programming workshop). 

In the second day of the training event, the activities took place at Cinéma l’Univers where were presentation of successful cooperation projects were highlighted, between social support structures and cultural establishments with Alefpa, Latitudes contemporaines and the Judicial Protection of Minors (PJJ). Interprofessional success stories with Forum des Sciences, MECS de Mérignies, CMP Lomme have been brought to our attention. The inter-professional roundtable were essential to gain expert`s perspective on how to use culture as an educative tool to include vulnerable children in the society. At the end of the day, we had a debate with producer Oliver Pagani, after the screening of the movie ‘Romani street view’. 

The last day of the training event, has been also hosted by Cinéma l’Univers. The activities focused on highly interactive workshops and the description of the methodology and concrete tools for the future steps of implementing the experience gained during the three days of the event at each national level of the project partners.