AN EDUCATION project for students with mental disabilities who live in Homes of Social Services (DSS) in Trnava Region opened in October in Zavar and has been dubbed the University of Humanity.
Five times this year and then for the next five years, a community of undergraduates of similar intellectual levels will meet to learn healthy lifestyles and fitness, natural sciences and gastronomy.
“Our project is aimed at increasing their personal pride,” the head of DSS Humánum in Zavar, Anna Pavlovičová, told the TASR newswire.
The first day resembled the opening of a university year with academic robes, a students’ anthem, medals, and even a swearing-in ceremony.
“I am happy here, as we will learn a lot,” Anna from a DSS in Jahodná said.
Students started the morning learning about a healthy diet and food preparation. In the afternoon, some of the students meditated in a teahouse while others listened to lectures and made posters about health and fitness.
“This is our first community but we would like to expand the project to all of Slovakia,” Pavlovičová said. DSS Humánum is a detached workplace of the Faculty of Medicine and Social Work at Trnava Unviersity.
"Humanity is the highest principle of life; and everybody has a right to it,” Pavlovičová told TASR.