Every single day, when I am walking around the down town of FunchaI I can see hundreds of buildings in poor conditions. Sometimes I am afraid of going next to them – nobody wants to be hit by felling down layers. The residents of that places are cats and homeless people, who risks a lot, because the God only knows when they may collapse.
In the effect of huge emigration of Madeiran, people started to leaving their properties and houses without care. The Portuguese low is saying that if you don´t take response for your building, for the next 40 years the government will take it from you.
What later? The ground might be re-sell with a structure, but a new owner decides about future of the construction. I understand how reconstruction works are expensive, so investors usually create cheaper, modern, easy to conserve buildings. For me this way can destroy historical character of the down town. A lot better is to save original facades with old colour of layers on the roof and raise a new skeleton inside – like Germans in Dresden did. After Second World War Dresden was completely destroyed. Architects responsible for restoration works decided to build a new-old main square. They were inspired by old plans of Dresden, photos, which they used to erect many tenement houses in the centre. From outside they look quite old, but they are not. Inside you can find many levels of air-conditioned offices dedicated for hi-tech industry full of elevators and equipment from twenty-first century. It is a good solution for connecting our present needs without losing many centuries legacy, isn´t it?
You – my dear Madeirans, can make a pressure on representative of the authority to change the rules. You can vote in referendum, write a petition or have a deep discussion with councillor about architecture. Don´t let your heritage desapear
Kamil Swiderski, 21 years old, volunteer from Poland. Great fan of modern architecture, dance and travel.
Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.
Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.
In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3, which is for the support of reformation policies.
Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.
We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.
Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.