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Learning Democracy at Utøya

Related to: Learning Democracy at Utoeya

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. 


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What: Training on education for democracy, human rights and intercultural understanding, giving youth the opportunity to become positive role models and trainers for their peers.

For:  Students from 9th and 10th grade at Norwegian lower secondary schools

How: Workshops at Utøya outside Oslo, followed by student led activities at their home schools

Result:  Young people strengthen their democratic competence to prevent hate speech, hate ideologies and extremism

Organized by: The European Wergeland Centre, Utøya and 22 July Centre, in cooperation with the Rafto Foundation

Working language:  Norwegian

Financed by: Fritt Ord Foundation and The Norwegian Directorate of Education and Training

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The European Wergeland Centre

Ingrid Aspelund

Project Officer
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Ms. Aspelund is responsible for coordinating EWC's projects related to issues such as prevention of hate speech, discrimination, violent extremism and radicalization. She has a Master in International and Multicultural Education and a Bachelor in Development Studies from Oslo and Akershus University College. Ms. Asplund has previously worked as a campaign advisor for the No Hate Speech Movement in Norway and is currently the head of Norwegian People’s Aid Solidarity Youth.

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