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Counter and Alternative Narratives to Hate Speech

Related to: Learning Democracy at Utoeya

The European Wergeland Center and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe offer a training course on Counter and Alternative Narratives to hate Speech at Utøya in Norway, 16-20 October 2017.


What: The training course develops the competences of youth workers, youth leaders and educators to develop counter and alternative narratives to hate speech, using the Council of Europe manual We CAN!, with young people.

The training course will take place on Utøya in Norway, the site of the terror attack on 22 July 2011. As part of the rebuilding of Utøya, the new memorial- and learning centre, Hegnhuset, was completed during the summer of 2016. The learning center offers a unique opportunity for young people to reflect on what democracy means for them, what are the challenges and threats to democracy, and how they as active citizens can promote democracy in their everyday lives. 

For: Campaign activists, youth workers, youth leaders and educators active with young people on combatting hate speech through awareness-raising and educational activities. The participants should be active in one of the EEA and Norway Grants beneficiary or donor countries Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Malta, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal and/or the donor countries Lichtenstein, Iceland and Norway.

How: Training course at Utøya outside Oslo, followed by activities in the EEA and Norway Grants beneficiary or donor countries using gained competences and skills.

Result: Develop participants’ competences to use counter and alternative narratives to promote human rights and democratic values. Develop participants’ competences to use the manual ‘We CAN’ with young people. Develop proposals for off-/online initiatives to integrate counter and alternative narratives in the European and national initiatives to combat hate speech. Strengthen the response of national campaigns and programme partners to hate speech through education for human rights and democracy by making use of counter and alternative narratives. Increase expertise of EWC and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe to support its partners in using counter and alternative narratives.

Organized by: The European Wergeland Centre, The Youth Department of the Council of Europe and Utøya

Working language: English

Financed by: EEA and Norway Grants

More information and application form: http://youthapplications.coe.int/Application-forms/Application-form-Utoya-Training-Course-on-Counter-and-Alternative-Narratives-to-Hate-Speech%20

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