Fully Funded Training Seminar - Countering Hate Speech through Human Rights Education and Narratives,19-22 September 2016, Albania


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July 20, 2016

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September 19, 2016 - September 22, 2016


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About program

The No Hate Speech Movement is a youth campaign by the Council of Europe mobilising young people to combat hate speech on and offline and to act for human rights. From 2013 to 2015 Member States set up National Campaigns1 while participating in the European campaign to gain a better understanding of the issues young people are concerned with and develop ways forward to counter this challenge to human rights and democracy. In May 2015, in the framework of the Action Plan on the fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism, the Committee of Ministers decided to continue the No Hate Speech Movement campaign until 2017. The campaign remains driven by the need to counter online hate speech in all its forms, including those that most affect young people, such as cyberbullying and cyberhate, racism and other forms of discrimination. The campaign is based upon human rights education, youth participation and media literacy. Following the announced prolongation, many national campaign committees have renew their membership, national coordinator and programme of activities for 2016-2017. The campaign platform is being updated with new and improved tools for monitoring hate speech through Hate Speech Watch and engaging with the campaign through the Join the Movement and the campaign blog pages. New thematic focusses have been identified including sexist hate speech, Antisemitic hate speech and hate speech targeting refugees. In the second phase of the campaign more emphasis is placed on countering hate speech through human rights narratives and reporting of hate speech content with the relevant authorities. In support of these new priorities, the European campaign secretariat will publish a new handbook on developing counter narratives to hate speech for youth workers and educators and a mapping of national reporting mechanisms in September 2016. To strengthen the quality and impact of the educational and campaign activities of the national campaigns, a four day training seminar will be organised from 19-22 September in Tirana, Albania. The No Hate Speech Movement is a youth campaign by the Council of Europe mobilising young people to combat hate speech on and offline and to act for human rights. From 2013 to 2015 Member States set up National Campaigns1 while participating in the European campaign to gain a better understanding of the issues young people are concerned with and develop ways forward to counter this challenge to human rights and democracy. In May 2015, in the framework of the Action Plan on the fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism, the Committee of Ministers decided to continue the No Hate Speech Movement campaign until 2017. The campaign remains driven by the need to counter online hate speech in all its forms, including those that most affect young people, such as cyberbullying and cyberhate, racism and other forms of discrimination. The campaign is based upon human rights education, youth participation and media literacy. Following the announced prolongation, many national campaign committees have renew their membership, national coordinator and programme of activities for 2016-2017. The campaign platform is being updated with new and improved tools for monitoring hate speech through Hate Speech Watch and engaging with the campaign through the Join the Movement and the campaign blog pages. New thematic focusses have been identified including sexist hate speech, Antisemitic hate speech and hate speech targeting refugees. In the second phase of the campaign more emphasis is placed on countering hate speech through human rights narratives and reporting of hate speech content with the relevant authorities. In support of these new priorities, the European campaign secretariat will publish a new handbook on developing counter narratives to hate speech for youth workers and educators and a mapping of national reporting mechanisms in September 2016. To strengthen the quality and impact of the educational and campaign activities of the national campaigns, a four day training seminar will be organised from 19-22 September in Tirana, Albania. 

Aim and Objectives

The training seminar aims to build participants’ competences to combat hate speech online and promote human rights on- and offline through human rights education and campaigning.

At the end of the seminar participants will:

  • Have knowledge of the approach of the Council of Europe to hate speech as a human rights issue.
  • Have shared and learnt from each other’s work, good practices and challenges.
  • Strengthened their competences to address hate speech through human rights education, using Bookmarks and other tools.
  • Developed their competence in developing human rights narratives and have been introduced to the handbook on developing counter narratives to hate speech.
  • Developed the competence to implement online and offline campaign activities in the framework of Action Days.
  • Developed competences to document and evaluate campaign initiatives and promote their visibility.

Expected outcomes of the training course are:

  • Thorough knowledge of the Council of Europe work on hate speech and the campaign.
  • Ability to use Bookmarks and the handbook on developing counter narratives to hate speech as resources in setting up educational and awareness raising campaign initiatives.
  • Ability to use online tools for campaigning.
  • Developed follow-up actions involving the stakeholders of the campaign that: 1.Strengthen the National Campaigns in the Balkan region and across Europe. 2.Strengthen regional cooperation between national campaigns and partners. 

Profile of participants

The training seminar is targeted towards campaign activists, youth workers, educators and campaign coordinators that have joined the campaign since the summer of 2015 and are in a position to implement the gained competences within the framework of the national campaigns. All participants should:

  • Be supported by a national campaign committee or campaign partners. 
  • Be committed to stay active in the campaign until its end in 2017.
  • Have been actively involved in one or more campaign activities at national and/or European level in the past year.
  • Have a minimum understanding of the campaigns objectives and work of the Council of Europe’s youth sector on hate speech.
  • Be in a position to implement the gained competences within the framework of the national campaigns through education and/ or campaign activities.
  • Have a working knowledge of English. The training seminar will invite 15 campaign activists, youth workers, educators and campaign coordinators involved in the No Hate Speech Movement at national level from the South East European region, including: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo2 , "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Montenegro, Romania, Moldova, Serbia, Slovenia. In addition the seminar will invite 10 coordinators of national campaign committees or their assigned representative from other regions.

Programme and methodology

The programme of the training seminar will cover seven main areas:

  • Understanding hate speech online and its negative consequences for human rights, democracy and the rule of law online and offline.
  • Understanding the role of human rights education in combatting hate speech.
  • How to use Bookmarks as a tool, and develop human rights education activities based on it.
  • Using human rights narratives as a response to hate speech through education and campaign activities.
  • Using the online campaign tools.
  • Developing local and regional campaign and education activities to strengthen the national campaigns.
  • Group building activities and evaluation of the course.

The course is designed to give participants the opportunity to experience and reflect on their human rights education and awareness raising campaign activities, based on experiential learning approaches. The methodological approach of Bookmarks will be central in the course. The course is also built around the expectation that participants will put in practice their learning by developing and implementing activities that will strengthen the national campaigns.

Application procedure and deadlines

The Youth Department is now opening the call for participants for this training seminar. For more information go to original link.

Practical and financial conditions

Venue and accommodation The training seminar will take place in Tirana, Albania. Accommodation and meals will be provided by the Council of Europe.

Travel expenses

Travel expenses to and from the training venue will be reimbursed according to the rules of the Council of Europe.

Working languages

The working languages will be English.

Visas

Visa costs will be reimbursed by the Council of Europe. The Albanian Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth will issue an invitation letter that should facilitate the delivery of visas to attend the training course.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

 


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