12. siječnja 2018

Taking actions through counter and alternative narratives – HATE SPEECH IS NOT AN OPTION!

Taking actions through counter and alternative narratives – HATE SPEECH IS NOT AN OPTION!

1.2. – 9.2.2018, Daruvar, Croatia

Start Date: 01-01-2018
End Date: 30-06-2018
Duration in months: 6

The aim of “Taking actions through counter and alternative narratives – HATE SPEECH IS NOT AN OPTION!” is to support development of capacities of partner organizations to counter hate speech in all its forms by supporting youth workers/lieders/trainers in development of skills and knowledge about counter and alternative narratives which will be used in their work with young people.

This project is follow up of two previous project on counter and alternative narratives (CAN) where members of coordinator and some of the partner organizations took part and started to develop this idea: first one is “Developing Counter and Alternative Narratives to Hate Speech through Human Rights Education” which was held from 20 to 25 March 2017 at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg when WE CAN! manual was launched and the other one is “NoHateMakers: Taking actions against Hate Speech through Counter and Alternatives Narratives in Euro-Med”, held in Hammamet, Tunisia, from 2nd until 9th July within the frame of the 5th edition of the Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship (MedUni). Project is also continuation of cooperation uner the ECYON and NoHateMakers networks and it aims to strengthen the partnership and capacities of both organizations involved and of networks as such.

This project will have one activity, it will be 7-days long training course for youth workers, youth lieders and trainers. Training course will be implemented in Daruvar, Croatia, from 3-9 February 2018 (excluding travel days). During the project we will also mark International safer internet day on 8th of February. Project will gather 24 participants (+3 trainers) from 8 countries: Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Grece, Serbia, Turkey and United Kingdom.
The need behind this project is sharing more tools and methods and developing competences of youth workers, lieders and trainers to be able to act against hate speech online and offline. Hate speech is taking more and more sophisticated forms and development of social networks and influence of internet on young people’s lives it makes it worse every day. Young people are very easy target and they easily become victims of hate speech which can have fatal consequences not only for them but also for their surroundings. Usage of sophisticated narratives by radical groups targeting young people is on rise and this kind of education is needed first of all for youth workers/lieders/trainers so they could multiply it and have impact on young people.

Training activities will be based on non-formal and informal learning methods by implementing participatory and learning-by-doing approach. Main source that will be used will be WE CAN! Manual. For the purpose of learning process, wide range of methods will be used: group work, research, presentation, discussion, role play, world coffee, 6 thinking hats, Disney’s creative method, 5 whys etc. reflection and evaluation will be continuous method used on a daily basis in order to get the feedback from the participants and if needed, make minor adoption of the methods and workshops in order to meet learning needs better and to enhance learning outcomes.

Project objectives:
• Support development of competences of youth workers, lieders and trainers in the field of human rights education, particularly in combating hate speech through counter and alternative narratives
• Encourage use of WE CAN! manual and counter and alternative narratives in work with young people
• Raise the awareness about link between hateful narratives and youth radicalization and encourage the use of this tool in its prevention
• Support capacity building of partner organization, strengthen the cooperation and assure the sustainability of our networks

With this project we want to have impact at local, national and international level. We will fully equip participants to be able to confront, decompose and replace hateful narratives while, at the same time, be able to design, implement and evaluate counter and alternative narratives. Moreover, we will equip them with knowledge, skills and tools (WE CAN! manual) which they will be able to transfer to other youth workers and young people in their organizations and local communities. In that way they will multiply gained knowledge, skills and tools and more people will be enabled to act against hate speech, both online and offline, in simple and effective way.

With this training we will also support capacity building of the partner organizations. By equipping and empowering partner organization’s workers, we want to encourage our partners to become even more active in the field of promotion and protection of human rights, fight against hate speech and prevention of youth radicalization.

In the end, we want to have an impact at international level through development of new project ideas under the Erasmus+ which will strengthen international cooperation and assure sustainability of our network.

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