The final ASK Meeting was held in Rzeszow, Poland by our hosts DC Center which is a private company acting in the field of education and counselling.
The main objective of DC Center is to promote learning throughout life, participate in human resource development in the region and also to operate at national and international level. DC Center conducts research on educational situations, designs training materials and provides consultancy services. Their activities are based on networks of public and private companies, NGOs and local government institutions. They have experience in conducting market research and educational work in multicultural environments.
The role they had in this meeting was to pull together all the partnership feedback and present it before it is added to our final report. The outcome from this feedback was that this experience had been beneficial for all those partners who contributed. The range shown was from improving practice and resources to building communication, language skills and friendships. A lot of people expressed that their knowledge of ESF Practices had been greatly developed and that this is something that they can build on for the future within applications for more innovative projects. The final report was discussed and everyone was asked for their input to allow the German Partners to complete it by the due date.
We went to see a little bit of Rzeszow and had a conducted tour through the underground cellars in the centre of the city. This underground network was used in the Second World War for mainly Jewish people, to hide and escape from the German invasion. We saw examples of everyday things that they had left from cooking pots to a carpentry workshop. There was also evidence of Rzeszow’s history depicted in coats of arms, along with armour and swords from other eras.
The meeting was brought to a close by a final social dinner and then sadly it was time to say goodbye to everyone. We do intend to keep on building these relationships in future work and look forward to keeping in touch with our European Partners.