A meeting on the project at Imagina’s headquarters / SUR

Young people from five countries participate in the Stay Rural project in Pizarra

The Imagina association develops this Erasmus+ exchange, which seeks to promote opportunities in rural villages

ANDREA JIMÉNEZ

The Gaudalhorce Valley town of Pizarra has been Erasmus territory this week. Thirty-eight young people from five different countries (Spain, Italy, Portugal, Poland and Romania) have been living in the town for nine days as part of an initiative titled Stay Rural.

The main aim of the project is to encourage ‘reflection’ among young Europeans on the depopulation of rural areas, in particular by young people who migrate to larger towns and cities in search of a wider opportunities.

The group has completed various activities and workshops organied by the Imagina association, on the themes of resources, opportunities and initiatives for innovation and social entrepreneurship in rural areas.

According to the association, the students are developing key competences such as speaking other languages and social and youth entrepreneurship skills.

These activities aim to promote a debate on the different lifestyles in a rural environment, improving the students’ skills and tools to enable them to make a decision on where to settle in the futre, “so that leaving and going to the big city does not necessarily have to be a forced and permanent decision.”

The exchange forms part of the Erasmus + programme as a youth mobility project funded by the Agencia Nacional Española and the Instituto Andaluz de la Juventud.