[Project Approved] Youth Workers 4 Global Goals

We are extremely happy to announce our last approved project and the Kick Off meeting has been organized in Estonia!

With commitment and adequate resources, youth organisations have the potential to make the most effective transformation of the world into a better place for all.Thus, Youth Workers 4 Global Goals (YW4GG) is an initiative that aims to activate youth workers to contribute towards the achievement of the SDGs. YW4GG through a complete cycle of raising awareness of SDGs, use of ICT tools, training course, job shadowing and evaluating will allow youth workers to identify entry-points in working with youth around the SDGs and contribute to the achievement of SDGs in the sphere of youth involvement. YW4GG will strength and empower the Europe-Latin America cooperation in this field.By using non-formal education methodology and youth-approach techniques, YW4GG will build the capacity of seven youth organizations, encouraging youth initiatives and youth inclusion by promoting democratic life in alignment of SDGs theme.

Sharing Experiences – Danish Team

after the very successful project “Stop Hate” in Torremolinos at the beginning of November about online hate speech and how to produce effective counter-narratives we (Danish Youth Team) organized a workshop to bring more local awareness about this very relevant and important topic in Aarhus, Denmark.
Find attached pictures about our internal meeting in November in the office where we discussed how to organize the workshop about “Stop Hate“.
And finally, some pictures we took during the afternoon, where we held the dissemination workshop at the beginning of December. Lots of interested youngsters and students approached us and wanted to know more. It is still a topic that has not enough awareness but involves and affects (almost) everyone in our society, hence projects like this are an important part to raise this awareness and start doing something against it.
Thank you again for organizing this project, it was very eye-opening, and made strong human connections across Europe possible.

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Sharing Experiences – German Team

The smooth organisation of the seminars and cozy south european city left us with vivid impressions on the way back home. Discussions about hate speech in Malaga left more questions than answers (what actually seems to be a great result!). And those we were ready to throw on a joint discussion back to Berlin.
What should one understand under the term „hate speech“? Where are the limits of „hate speech“? Must the comments in social networks be somehow controlled? Should the narrative of politicians be in a way limited?
The term „hate speech“ itself is quite ambiguous, what led out workshop also to arguments. However, one can see and agree on the misuse of the most accessible tool: the language. It has actually no manual. Should there be written one?

Sharing Experiences – Hungarian Team

From the 4th to the 11th of November we had the opportunity to take part in the training cours e STOP HATE in the Spanish city Torremolinos that aimed to equip youth workers with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop practical tools and counter-arguments to online hate speech which they can use in work with young people. It was an Erasmus+ KA1 training course, so all the activities were done through the methods of non-formal education (for example role plays, simulations, acting…).

Our sending organization (ICRP Budapest – Institute for Cultural Relations Policy) helped us to plan our travel and the hosting organization ASUL (Association Universitaire Latino-Américaine) organized our stay in Málaga. The project involved 24 participants between 18-35 years old representing Belgium, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Hungary and Romania, but the participants came basically from all over the world.

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Sharing Experiences – Romanian Team

I think that being part of an international project it’s very important for us. Getting to know other people and being involved in international activities opens us up and we can see the world different.

After taking part in the training course “Stop Hate”, I realized how important it is to speak your mind, to see that the world itself it’s changing day after day and that we should be more patient with people around us. We are not alone of course and most of the time we can be close to someone who needs help and support. There are many ideas spread around and we should listen to others and try to understand their life and their decisions without judging.

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[Project Approved] Stop Hate

Very happy to announce the approval of this project.

The main aim of “STOP HATE” is to equip youth workers with the skills and knowledge necessary to develop practical tools and counter-arguments to online hate speech which they can use in work with young people. In this regard, the specific objectives of the project for youth workers are:

-To recognize what online hate speech is.
-To know the difference between freedom of speech and what is prohibited, such as illegal hate speech.
-To understand how social media is used to recruit followers to the hate speech narrative, especially the terroristic ones, and ideas and their influence on young people.
-To provide advice and information regarding the different institutions promoting the respect and the protection of human rights across Europe.
-To introduce youth workers the “Bookmarks” (revised version 2016). The manual for combating hate speech online through human rights education.
-To strengthen the role of youth organisations in identifying and speaking up against illegal online hate speech and those human rights violations affecting especially young people.
-To develop youth workers’ competencies in planning cross border and international campaign for countering online hate speech.

Sharing experience – Zare Kakoyan

I am Zare Kakoyan and am student at the Humboldt University in Berlin. I recently attended the seminar ,,Islam is Not the Enemy,, in Spain. This was a project of EU, Erasmus+. For me the project “Islam is Not the Enemy,” was my first Erasmus Plus project and it was more exciting for me. Everything was new and interesting for me. The topic is a favourite thema  of me, because I want to get involved in the history of religion, because religions have many challenges in the 21st century. The seminar consisted of theoretical and practical parts. Through the practical part and the games, we made the topic very well known to us in a very short time. Nowadays the topic is very topical and relevant. I think it is very right to do this seminar in Spain, because there is a mixture of the two biggest religions in the world.

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Sharing Experiences – Bulgarian Team – Кръг ЗаМисъл / Cycle For Thought

We spent a truly inspiring week in Malaga and we learned so much about Islamophobia and how to deal with prejudice and how to influence people in a positive way through communication. We shared our points of view and it was really interesting listening to those of other people. The debates got us so much involved in the topic and we learned how to defend different beliefs and find legitimate arguments for each mindset. This exemplifies very well how stereotypes are formed because if you want to believe in something you will always find ways to justify it. We enjoyed all the activities and felt a lot of friendship chemistry towards the other participants on the project.

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Dissemination Campaign – Islam is not the enemy – Bulgarian Team

Amazing dissemination campaign from the Bulgarian participants at our training course in spain! Huge impact of this project on the local communities.

Here some words from the Bulgarian team explaining what they did, and do not forget to check out all the pictures!

“We tried to create awareness about this topic among different types of people located in many cities throughout the country  – older, younger, men, women, friends, colleagues etc.

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