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Taking actions through counter and alternative narratives – HATE SPEECH IS NOT AN OPTION!

The training activity took place
in Daruvar, Croatia
organised by Impress NGO
01-09 February 2018
Reference person

Dubravko Sopar

(Co-trainer, organizer )
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Aims & objectives

The aim of “Taking actions through counter and alternative narratives – HATE SPEECH IS NOT AN OPTION!” is to support development of capacities of partner organizations to counter hate speech in all its forms by supporting youth workers/leaders/trainers in development of skills and knowledge about counter and alternative narratives which will be used in their work with young people.

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

Training course was implemented in Daruvar, Croatia. Project gathered 24 participants (+3 trainers) from 8 countries: Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Serbia, Turkey and United Kingdom.

Training methods used & main activities

Training activities were based on non-formal and informal learning methods by implementing participatory and learning-by-doing approach. Main source used was WE CAN! Manual. For the purpose of learning process, wide range of methods were used: group work, research, presentation, discussion, role play, world coffee, 6 thinking hats, Disney’s creative method, 5 whys etc. reflection and evaluation were continuous method used on a daily basis in order to get the feedback from the participants and if needed, make minor adoption of the methods and workshops in order to meet learning needs better and to enhance learning outcomes.

Outcomes of the activity

With this project we wanted to have impact at local, national and international level. We fully equipped participants to be able to confront, decompose and replace hateful narratives while, at the same time, be able to design, implement and evaluate counter and alternative narratives. Moreover, we equipped them with knowledge, skills and tools (WE CAN! manual) which they are able to transfer to other youth workers and young people in their organizations and local communities. In that way they multiplied gained knowledge, skills and tools and more people are enabled to act against hate speech, both online and offline, in simple and effective way.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was one of the three trainers fully involved into the whole process of the training activity.

I worked on this training for 9 days as a full time trainer.

Testimonial of the reference person

Training course “Taking actions through counter and alternative narratives – HATE SPEECH IS NOT AN OPTION! was implemented as planned. With group of excellent trainers and coworkers it was a pleasure to work.

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