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The Thorvald Stoltenberg Seminar at Utøya

Training Course

12-17 June 2019 | Utøya, Norway

International training course on intercultural dialogue for youth leaders at Utøya. Utøya is one of the sites of the terror attack in Norway 22 July 2011. Today it is a learning center for commemoration, learning and engagement.

Call for participants to the Thorvald Stoltenberg Seminar

12 – 17 June 2019 The European Wergeland Centre and Utøya invite youth leaders from all over Europe to The Thorvald Stoltenberg seminar at Utøya. Application deadline is 1 April 2019.

“Most people believe that individuals who shy away from conflict are poor leaders. But I say, when you meet a person who tries to avoid conflict in order to solve a problem, keep that person, because we need them, they are not so many” - Thorvald Stoltenberg

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In cooperation with Utøya, EWC will organize the first Thorvald Stoltenberg seminar from June 12th – June 17th 2019, at Utøya island. Youth workers and youth leaders from across Europe are invited to a training course to support and promote ongoing initiatives in Europe to foster co-existence, trust and dialogue among young people in diverse societies.

What is the Thorvald Stoltenberg Seminar? Read more in the call for participants (pfd)

Through the training course participants will

  • exchange experiences and discuss opportunities and challenges that arise in culturally diverse societies that are influenced by migration or that have national minorities  
  • explore how stereotypes, prejudices, discrimination and historical injustices function in order to find the most efficient ways to challenge them
  • be introduced to concrete tools to combat discrimination, facilitate intercultural dialogue and promote inclusion in order to prevent conflicts in their local and national contexts

The seminar will last for 4 days (arrival June 12th / departure June 17th), and bring together approximately 30 youth leaders from all over Europe, who are selected through an open call for participants. It will be facilitated by international experts with extensive experience in education for human rights, democratic citizenship and intercultural understanding.

Who can participate?

We are looking for youth leaders primarily between the age of 18 - 30 who:

  • are involved in activities promoting diversity and intercultural understanding
  • wish to develop competences and work with practical educational tools
  • are committed to organize activities to engage others in intercultural dialogue after completing the training


The European Wergeland Centre (EWC) is a resource centre on education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding. Established in 2008 by the Council Of Europe (CoE) and Norway, it’s mandate is to support member states implement CoE policies in practice. The Centre designs and offers trainings and educational programmes to educational professionals and civil society actors across Europe. EWC is a partner of Utøya and the 22. July Center on educational programmes on 22. July, democratic citizenship and human rights. www.theewc.org

Utøya is an open and accessible arena for commemoration, learning and engagement. It is the site of the terror attack on 22 July 2011. As part of the rebuilding of Utøya the new memorial- and learning center, 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 challenges and threatens it, as well as how they as active citizens can promote democracy in their everyday lives. Utøya is managed through Utøya AS. www.utoya.no 

The EWC and Utøya have facilitated several workshops since the opening of Hegnhuset in 2016.


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 30 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth leaders

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



The European Wergeland Centre (Others)


  • Utøya AS (Others)

Contact for questions:

Ingrid Aspelund


Phone: 004795993511


Participation fee

No participation fee

Accommodation and food

The organisers will cover meals and accommodation

Travel reimbursement

The organisers will reimburse travel expenses.

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