Programme & action: ERASMUS+: Youth, Key Action 1: Training Course
Dates: 18-26 July 2021
Venue: Aninoasa, Dambovita, Romania
Host organisation: Asociația Be You
Participating countries: Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Turkey, Croatia, Portugal, Poland
In recent years, the spread and normalization of hate speech throughout Europe has contributed to the radicalization of individuals and collectives against others fueling hate crimes towards marginalized groups. From everyday discrimination and stigmatization, to direct attacks on Roma, migrants, and minority faith communities in everyday life and on social media, the hate narrative gradually translated into violence, weakening the social cohesion between communities, young people and further threatening democracy, equality, human rights and the rule of law across the continent.
The EU-MIDIS survey conducted by European Union Agency For Fundamental Rights results show that a considerable proportion of respondents face high levels of discrimination and hate speech. Resource center of media freedom in Europe shows the types of hate speech content are 17,8% xenophobia, 17,8% antimuslim, 15,8% ethnic origin, 9.1% national origin.
Also, more and more young people can be affected by hate speech. The consequences of this phenomenon among young people are: marginalisation, social isolation, fear, anxiety, mental health problems that lead to two extreme behaviour suicide or radicalizations manifested by acts of juvenile delinquency on long term.
In this context the aim of the training course is to improve skills and knowledge of youth workers in human rights education to counter hate speech phenomenon among young people, especially among the most vulnerable groups as ethnic minorities, immigrants, refugees.
- to increasing knowledge about how to use human rights education in helping young people to get out of discrimination and hate speech situations;
- to improve the ability to adapt tools and non-formal education methods based on human rights education in order to design activities for affected young people by hate speech and discrimination;
- to provide a space for sharing examples and best practices for Human Rights education in the context of hate speech;
- to diversify non-formal education methods at organizational level in order to implement projects and activities that will reduce hate speech among affected young people ( ethnic minorities, immigrants, refugees).
The project gather 27 youth workers (3 participants from each partner organization) older than 20 years (no maximum age limit) who belong to partner organizations. Youth workers who have minimum 1 years of experience in youth work, work with young people with disadvantaged background who face socio-economic obstacles, young people belonging to ethnic minorities and young people with immigrant backgroung ( these participants are the most vulnerable in front of hate speech).
- minimal knowledge about hate speech;
- minimal knowledge of human rights and related fields;
- experience in non-formal education;
- ability to generate change at local community level by youth activities that they implement;
- good facilitation skills;
- open attitude, good communication skills;
- good English knowledge – conversational level.