“Today was our first training day of the project “Young Parents-Young Empowerment”. Three countries joined this amazing training: Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Italy.
Our training day started with some games to start knowing each other and to build the team spirit, so we began our first day by creating a crossword with our names and explaining the history or meaning of our names. Then, in order to start knowing better each other, we have been united into couples in order for each one to make an interview to his partner with the aim to present him to the group in a second moment.
After a pleasant coffee break, we started the team-building activity, which was absolutely hilarious. We have been united in three groups (Ukraine, Italy and Azerbaijan) and we went outside through the streets of Baku trying to fulfil as many tasks as possible, and so we have been in a park jumping in a lake, or performing a human pyramid, or even singing an Azerbaijani song with the keeper of the park. It was amazing and thanks to these funny tasks we started to feel like parts of a group.
In the evening, the activities has been more focused on the topic of the training course, so we started thinking about the qualities of the “Perfect Young Parent” and we drew an ideal portrait of this human. Some of the participants showed a very good artistic talent, some other showed their will to try to draw something, but the very important thing is that everybody became aware of how difficult and complex is to be a young successful parent in our modern society.
After the afternoon coffee break, we went to the park for the last part of the activities of the day. We have been again united in groups and we talked each other about our fears and expectations connected with this training course and about which contribution we could give to the group. After a moment of discussion, we staged a pantomime that represented our fears and expectations.
In the end, we had a very beautiful moment of reflection about the day, the activities and the group.
It was a great first day, we met a lot of new friends from different parts of the world and we started to get in touch with the Azerbaijani culture.” ✅
Review was done by Gulnar Bayramova-Atakishiyeva, Iaroslav Gerashchenko, Davide Maceroni and Francesco Saccente