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Study Session on Active Participation Against CyberBullying

The training activity took place
in European Youth Centre Strasbourg
organised by OBESSU & Council of Europe
23-29 April 2018

Aims & objectives

The main aim of the Study Session is to foster active participation of school students and their unions as multipliers in advocating for online human rights (visit to the coe) and democratic citizenship (exploring the term).
To understand the concepts of "online hate speech" and "cyberbullying", the human rights framework, and the work done by the Council of Europe in this field.
To analyse the reality and the initiatives undertaken in different European countries, to combat online hate speech and cyberbullying at school.
To explore the role school students and school student unions can have and the tools they can use in modelling and promoting human rights online and offline.
To provide participants with new skills and competences to become "online activists" against online hate speech and cyberbullying.
To design future initiatives to be implemented at local, regional, national and international level, aimed at promoting human rights and combating hate speech and cyberbullying at school.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

There were a group of 39, composed 33 participants and 6 team members including the educational advisor from 18 different countries and one external speaker and four other guest speakers from Council of Europe.
There were 18 male and 15 female participants 16-22 years of age representing different school unions in their countries.
The team composed of 6 members from Iceland, Hungary, Italy, Ireland and Turkey.

Training methods used & main activities

The study session was solely based on non-formal education and the methods used were in line with the methodological principles of the NFE including but not limited to simulations, working groups, workshops, presentations etc.

Outcomes of the activity

The major result of the study session is the remarkable awareness change on bullying and cyberbullying and high moivation to take active part in combatting against cyberbullying. In this respect partcipants designed various actions and campaigns to be implemented at school, local, regional and national level, particularly focusing on active participation against cyberbullying through human rights education.
Especially participants committed themselves to design and run online campaigns to engage more young people for the efforts against bullying. On the other hand there are various projects focusing on competence development and human rights education.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I have served as the external educational advisor responsible for providing pedagogical support to the the team of trainers/facilitators on behalf of the Council of Europe

I worked on this training for 6 days as a full time trainer.

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