On Thursday 10th October, our school hosted an event by Dyslexic Teens Dialogue youth group which combined awareness about dyslexia and Erasmus Days 2019. October is dyslexia awareness month worldwide while Erasmus Days 2019 spanned over 3 days to promote international mobility, European citizenship and the Erasmus+ Programme in Europe and beyond.
The scope of these 3 days was to encourage and promote the participation of young people in EU funded projects such as youth exchanges, voluntary service and opportunities to study abroad. As beneficiaries of Erasmus+ funding for 2 youth exchanges in 2015 and 2018, Dyslexic Teens Dialogue took the opportunity to showcase their work and to encourage students of our school and other informal groups of young people to follow suit.
The event opened with ice breaking games animated by 2 youth workers followed by a youth-led presentation about the history and activities of the youth group. The video entitled “We want to start a conversation” created by the 11 founder members of Dyslexic Teens Dialogue was also included in the event. The video highlights the challenges faced by young people with dyslexia, while emphasizing their talents and potential to reach their dreams. A question and answer session followed the screening of the video. The event consisted of 2 one-hour sessions and was attended by students from Form 1 to Form 4. We were honoured by the presence of Hon. Aaron Farrugia, Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue, Mr Joseph Schembri, Chief Executive Officer EUPA and Ms Theresa Pace, Programme Coordination and Communications Manager EUPA. Mr Michael Formosa, one of the founder members and Ms Stephanie Bugeja and Ms Antoinette Mifsud, youth workers, represented Dyslexic Teens Dialogue. A small memento was presented to each student by Ms Pace on behalf of EUPA.