Learning Democracy at Utøya

"Learning Democracy at Utøya" gives youth, teachers and youth workers tools to prevent hate speech, discrimination and extremism.

On 22.July 2011, 69 young people lost their lives and many more were wounded by a terrorist attack on a youth camp at Utøya in Norway. Utøya symbolizes how important it is to defend and shape democracy every day. This makes Utøya a special place for young people to reflect on what democracy means to them, what challenges our democracies face and how young people can promote democratic values and practices. 

The programme is a part of establishing the learning center “Hegnhuset” at Utøya. It aims to empower youth in Europe, and those who work closely with youth, to create a safe environment where young people learn about 22 July 2011 and at the same time work together and discuss controversial issues connected to human rights, hate speech and extremism.

Youth gatherings at Utøya

Young people visit the 22 July Center and Utøya, participate in trainings and develop their own workshops which afterwards are carried out with their peers in their school and/or local community.

Teaching Controversial Issues

Trainings for school leaders and teachers based on the Council of Europe manuals “Teaching Controversial Issues” and “Managing Controversy” as tools to tackle issues, such as violent extremism and radicalization. 

Trainings for Youth Workers

Youth workers, youth leaders and educators learn methods to combat hate speech and strengthen democratic competences among young people.

Karl Johans gate 2,
NO 0154 Oslo, Norway

Karl Johans gate 2,
NO 0154 Oslo, Norway

PHONE: +47 21 08 24 10
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