Name and type of the project: “HUGBIT- Social and Emotional Development in youth work”, Training Course 
Date and Location: From 13 to 15 July 2021, Budapest 
Lead partner institution: OKIDE National KID Association – Hungary 
Partner organisations: CEIPES (Italy) 
Financed by: European Commission, Erasmus+-Ka1 Programme 

Learning to recognise one’s own emotions and providing the tools to understand them is not an easy job. Learning about emotions and managing them should be an important part of education and human development. The SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) method and the Hugbit project aimed at sharing good practices to make effective emotional learning possible. 

Budapest was a perfect place to meet and share. Thanks to the hospitality of the Hungarian association Okide, 20 young teachers, psychologists and youth workers from Italy and Hungary were able to learn something more about the SEL method from each other. 

The context of non-formal learning allowed each participant to get involved and share their own ideas and methods; putting into practice the techniques described allowed the creation of a further space for comparison and introspection capable of developing further reflections. 

During these three days there was also the opportunity to meet virtuous realities to be taken as inspiration: the Chocolate Cube Project, which through the production of chocolate and other manual activities improves the conditions of children with autism spectrum disorders, and the Heroe’s Square Project, which works to spread good practices to counter the effects of shared responsibility and avoid ignoring situations that may require our help. 

There was also the opportunity to visit the beautiful Hungarian capital in an atmosphere of conviviality and affection. In this way, a cohesive group was formed with whom to share fun moments and build exceptional friendships.  

The value of this course was to be able to simultaneously learn and experience what was being studied. The management of emotions became a fundamental part of the creation of a group able to collaborate despite individual differences.  

The friendship and affection created during the course is a very important indicator of its success.