The Smile of the Child
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Voluntary Children's Association
10, Zinonos Eleatou Street, GR-151 24 Maroussi, Athens, Greece
Hate Interrupter Teams Training to Youth Volunteers of #HITproject by The Smile of the Child
"The Smile of the Child" conducted an interactive training of 26 youth volunteers from the YouSmile European Student Volunteer Network, as part of the European project "Hate Interrupter Teams: Youth Counteracting Hate speech towards Migrants and Minorities through Participatory and Creative Campaigning". HIT’s training took place at the Organization's Education and Training Center from the July 1st to July 5th 2019. The project is funded by the European Program "Rights, Equality and Citizenship".
During the training, they were analyzed the perceptions of Hate Speech and Behavior (HSB) in Greece, the main forms of manifestation of the phenomenon, the main factors of HSB, the targeted groups, the perceptions on young people’s attitudes in relation to HSB and it was placed an emphasis on active citizenship and social inclusion, promoting self-initiative, the development of communication skills, and of digital competences that support creativity, increasing opportunities for cultural awareness and expression.
In addition, HIT’s training aimed at enlightening other aspects of HSB. The participants, in an experiential way, perceived the difference between saying my opinion and developing hate speech & behavior and they associated HSB with the violation of rights. They also deepened to HSB towards refugees and split into groups in order to create their own campaigns against HSB and suggested creative ways to combat the phenomenon.
The project’s duration is 24 months and aims at developing a new model of European youth empowerment to tackle racism, xenophobia, discrimination and hate speech and behaviour towards migrants.
For more information about the project, please click here.