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Young Media Makers for Human Rights - Developing Facilitation Skills for Multipliers on Human Rights Reporting

The training activity took place
in Strasbourg, France
organised by European Youth Press, Council of Europe
1-7 November 2015

Aims & objectives

Aim: raising capacities of young media makers around Europe to become multipliers of good media practices in terms of reporting about human rights in function of democracy, by using non-formal education tools and methods.
For attaining the main aim of the project and preparing participants for becoming multipliers on human rights reporting, the following objectives have been set: developing training and facilitation skills for 20 young journalists and activists, starting from the participants work experience on human rights education and reporting. More to that, in order to increase the impact of the project, participants had the opportunity to draft a plan for local projects in which they can further not only apply the skills and knowledge that they have gained during the study session, but also start becoming multipliers in the field by sharing this with peers. In the continuation of that, participants have gathered their experience throughout the study session into general guidelines for other young media makers and activists in the field of human rights reporting.

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

Pedagogical team:
- Ms. Mihaela GEORGESCU (Romania), Course Director;
- Mr. Ramon TENA (Andorra), Educational Adviser CoE;
- Mr. Gabriel BREZOIU (Romania), trainer;
- Ms. Pascale MULLER (Germany), trainer;
- Mr. Hana COLIC (Bosnia and Herzegovina), facilitator;
- Mr. Ghita PETRUS (Romania), facilitator;

Target group:
The criteria for selecting the participants was their proven interest and experience in the topic of human rights reporting, together with their expertise as either media makers or activists: have either worked as journalists or are/have been involved as activists in projects related to human rights. Therefore, one of the main defining feature of the participants’ profile was their hands-on experience in working with human rights. Also, the participants had basic previous experience in non-formal education.
The activity gathered 19 participants from 15 countries.

Training methods used & main activities

The training was based on nonformal education methodology such as ice-breakers, name games, reflection groups, teambuilding exercises, simulations, world cafe, non formal evaluation techniques etc.

Outcomes of the activity

- The participants have developed and practiced their facilitation skills in human rights reporting education. This allows them to act as multipliers in human rights education.
- The participants have learned how to use the educational tools of the Council of Europe (Compass, Bookmarks) which we consider to be the main instruments they could make use of in their future activity as multipliers of human rights education;
- Familiarizing participants with the No Hate Speech Movement and offering them guidance into how they can organize a project in their own countries. The study session attendants managed to explore NHSM features, but also to learn more about how the national campaigns are functioning thanks to the intervention held by Mr Rui GOMES - Head of Education and Training (Council of Europe).
- Guidelines for young media maker, for multiplying activities and for media approach to human rights in reporting. It is a powerful tool to be used by European Youth Press member organisations as well as other organisations that might
- Concrete ideas for local workshops in the framework of the No Hate Speech Movement. This opportunity is aimed to link the study session content with the local and organisational contexts of the participants offering them the possibility to take action at local level.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was responsible of the sessions dedicated to:
- teambuilding;
- setting learning objectives and understanding 3H model (head-knowledge, hand-aptitudes, heart-attitudes);
- evaluation of an educational activity;
- setting up follow-up activities.
Besides that I got involved in the preparation and evaluation of the training activity.

I worked on this training for 5 days as a full time trainer.

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