Excuse me, is this hate yours? Call for trainers and organizers
YEU is opening a call for 2 senior trainers, 1 junior trainer and 1 organizer who will participate in realization of the one-year programme called “Excuse me, is this hate yours?” supported by European Youth Foundation.
The main aim of the programme is to develop capacities of youth from (post)conflict areas to act as multipliers in their local communities in processes of peace building, intercultural dialogue and struggle against all forms of hate speech in neigbouring regions.
Objectives of the programme are:
To promote cooperation of youth activists from (post)conflict areas for improving intercultural dialogue and respecting the differences of Others; To promote theatre as creative method for combating hate speech situations among youth;
To motivate youth to act as role-models for neighbourhood/regional cooperation;
To develop competences and encourage young people to use creative and innovative approaches for promotion of active democratic participation of youth on local and international level, To promote sustainable conflict prevention at the community level through a participatory theatre methodology.
YEU will, together with partners, focus on:
-finding a common understanding of youth from (post) conflict areas on human rights, including freedom of expression. According to Manual on hate speech (Anne Weber, Council of Europe, 2009), “unlike the right to freedom of thought (inner conviction or forum internum), the right to freedom of expression (external manifestation or forum externum) is not an absolute right. The exercise of this freedom carries with it certain duties and responsibilities and is subjected to certain restrictions as set out in article 10(2) of the ECHR, in particular those that concern the protection of the rights of others.” Misinterpretation of the human right - freedom of expression, offline or online very often leads to open conflicts in offline world. With this one year programme, we are willing to strengthen the cooperation in the youth field in fostering processes of recognizing and dealing with hate and encouraging action against hate motivated crime and hate speech.
-provoking the change of mind-set and boosting the cooperation among youth of different backgrounds from (post)conflict areas by using forum theatre/theatre for social change as a creative and innovative approach. Theatre for social change (Theatre of the oppressed) is a method of analysis and a means to develop happier societies and it is widely used all over the world, in all fields of social activities. We believe that NFE and theatre of oppressed/forum theatre are a good model for building regional understanding and respecting the differences of Others as well as for dealing with the past and overcoming historical interpretations of different sides.
- contributing to achieving sustainable effects of no hate speech campaign by creating/promoting examples of good practicein combating hate speech, both offline and online. YEU believes that personal encounters of youth coming from different sides of conflict areas can break many prejudices created by society: surroundings, families, media, political factors, even educational system. Joint work of these young people both offline (trainings, theatre performances) and online (testimonials, documentary) can positively affect the changes in regional cooperation and become examples of good practice in different parts of Europe. The programme will be based on the work of COE in the field of promotion of HRE, Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and HRE, protection of human rights as well as No Hate Speech campaign and movement Aim and goals of the programme will be achieved through following: youth activities from 12 different countries from (post)conflict areas will have trainings on human rights, hate speech and theatre of the oppressed, and then prepare local communities for Train of tolerance tour which will symbolically travel through ex-Yugoslavia countries provoking discussions and striving for social and mind-set change of youth regarding all forms of hate speech. All will be documents in testimonials, short videos and final publication and documentary
Youth activists/youth organizations from (post)conflict areas (Balkans, Eastern Europe, Cyprus, Turkey) willing to work on finding creative approaches to fight against hate speech and for development of regional cooperation
Youth motivated to work on supporting the process of improving regional cooperation and fight against hate speech in (post)conflict areas
Phases – what are you committing to?
Activity 1: International training course “Hate will tear us apart – Confront it!”
Venue: Vukovar, Croatia
Training Course “Hate will tear us apart” will be a first activity of the programme and will set the grounds for the whole process.
The idea is that, during a one year process, organizations selected strengthen their capacities for cooperation with neighbouring countries and in Europe on initiatives related to peace-building, conflict resolution and against hate speech. The training course will gather up to 24 young activists in Vukovar, Croatia for a 7 days programme on human rights, conflict resolution and hate speech.
According to Human Rights Watch report for 2013 (http://www.hrw.org/world-report/2014/country-chapters), regions that programme is tackling have in common: intolerance, discrimination, lack freedom of expression, treatment of minorities, LGBT and gender inequality and, specifically for Balkans, Accountability for war crimes. 2014 is not giving hope that these issues will improve, actually, in some of the countries situation is getting much worse (Ukraine, Turkey, Russia for instance).
Vukovar has been symbolically chosen as, before the war, town with more than 30 nationalities living together, completely destroyed in war in 1991, during the civil war in ex-Yugoslavia. It is also sometimes called a phoenix city as it grew again, in re-building process that took more than 20 years (it was destroyed in less than 3 months to the ground) but the trust among its multi-ethnic citizens has never been fully rebuilt.
Objectives of the training are following:
To reach mutual understanding about the concept of human rights, specifically freedom of expression, hate speech and terminology used
To increase participants’ knowledge on the topics: human rights, hate speech, hate crimes.
To define role of youth work in peace-building, conflict resolution and no hate speech activities in (post) conflict regions
To stimulate inter-cultural learning among participants
The training will be based on NFE methodology, using different approaches to tackle cooperation among countries experiencing or which are still affected by conflicts. In order to build bridges for the future steps in the process, we will start from the basics: how to show appreciation to “your kind” (nationality, ethnicity, for example) without harming or insulting, hating Others.
Between activities 1 and 2: in order to provide transfer of knowledge and information, we will create an online platform for participants of Activity 1, partner organizations and potentially new participants from Activity 2 who might join the process from this activity. The aim of the platform is to keep the discussion alive, share of thoughts, finalization of the survey created in cooperation with trainers and participants which will be prepared during Activity 1 as preparatory step for Activity 2.
Survey will be on topics of the programme and disseminated in local communities by partner organizations:
human rights in given country/community: how do participants of the survey understand human rights, which are the most important one, do they feel that their rights are respected.
Values (in family, society): participants will have to choose the statements based on which they will express their values.
Discrimination and prejudices: participants will answer questions related to different groups and express their opinion.
Ethnicity and conflicts: participants will choose the statements expressing their opinions on neighbouring countries.
Migrations: participants will choose statements related to their opinion towards migration and migrants.
Activity 2: International Training Course “Building bridges (in divided cities) – theatre as a tool for overcoming hate and prejudices”
Venue: Nicosia, Cyprus
Training course: Building bridges (in divided cities) – theatre as a tool for overcoming hate and prejudices will gather 24 youth activists from 12 countries in Nicosia, Cyprus to work on developing of theatre performance, by using the methodology of theatre of the oppressed, as a tool for tackling the hate speech, conflicts and human rights violations in (post)conflict countries involved in the process.
Objectives of the training:
To introduce participants to methodology of the Theatre of the Oppressed as tool for social change in communities
To develop performance on hate speech, human rights violations and conflicts by offering spect-actors to interfere and develop solutions for hate related situations
Why did we choose Nicosia?
Nicosia is a divided city since 1974 and a border line goes straight to the city centre. Buffer zone is protected by UN. Although the situation is much calmer, and people are commuting on daily basis from one side to the other, the division is still there. Both sides (Turkish and Cypriot) have refugees, displaced people from both sides, and both claim that the other part belongs to their side. This is one of the rare cities in Europe still divided.
The training will be held in Nicosia and the performance will be played there for the first time, if possible, in the buffer zone. The training will be held in June when Cyprus is already fled with tourists, but we would like to take advantage of this and get the both local and international intervention in our performance. Also, if possible, the play will be partially played in both sides of the border.
We are expecting that this Activity will develop capacities of youth activists involved/representing youth organizations or groups to work on fighting against hate speech as well as on human rights education by using different tools, such as theatre of the oppressed (including image theatre, rainbow of desire, forum theatre). Theatre can be a powerful tool when working with youth on different levels: local, national and/or international.
Theatre performance will be prepared based on the online survey results (the most common issues will be chosen to be tackled) and played for the first time in preparation for the Train of Tolerance Tour (Activity 4).
Performance will be based on personal stories, situations of hate, experienced by participants, which will give a new experience and skills to participants as results.
Activity 3: I’ve sent you a message - virtual is real
Venue: virtual space
Activity 3 will be a virtual contribution to conflict resolution and fight against hate speech. We want to hear our participants’ opinions before and after. What were their opinions/attitudes towards Others, nations their nations had conflicts with, minorities before they met them “in real” and started working on this process. Participants will be sending not necessarily personal messages to specific persons, but in general to youth not of their origin. This way, they will potentially tackle the prejudices, stereotypes, tell stories or make comparisons. Some of them might use opportunity to tell their own story.
The idea of this activity is to show how opinions and attitudes change after personal encounters which usually show that we are all, more or less the same: we have same problems, similar interests, first loves, choices of profession, problems finding job…
To emphasise the importance of youth work in dealing with the past and conflict resolution among youth from (post)conflict areas
To contribute to overcoming prejudices/stereotypes about “Others” – from the other side of the conflict To emphasise the importance of personal contact in building bridges among young people
To impact participants’ local communities with personal and simple human stories
Participants, but also other members of their organizations, or their friends, family members will be leaving messages to others, from countries participating in the process. Also, participants will have a task to make photographs related to topics of the process. All of these will be posted online, on YEU web site (www.yeu-international.org) and shared on social media. This period will be used, apart from local preparations for Activity 4, for communicating virtually and showing that it is all about understanding and learning about each other.
Activity 4: Train of Tolerance Tour
Venue: Balkan countries
Activity 4 will be the most important activity of the process as we will show our work and results to local communities and “leave” it to them to use them afterwards for resolving the hate speech situations or improving the intercultural dialogue with their neighbours. The idea of the activity is to show that all border and boundaries can be crossed and overcome, that we are not born with hate and that it is just a work of an uneducated and closed mind.
This activity will be promoting youth mobility. All young people in Europe should have opportunities for mobility, it is developing skills and competences and improving employability, but also it is broadening horizons and opening minds. As part of this Activity, we will organize a theatre performance tour through ex-YU countries.
Why do we want to tour?
The performance will be prepared by the young people coming from 12 (post)conflict countries, from different regions of Europe. The topics, scenes and problems tackled will be based on the results of the survey (Activity 2) but also common for all the regions (intolerance, discrimination, prejudice as well as other forms of hate speech). By organizing a performance in 5 different countries, we will be able to reach very wide audience on local level, to see different solutions offered to the same topics, reactions as well as discussions (which will follow after the performances).
Why did we choose Balkans (Ex-Yugoslavia)?
Yugoslavia was a huge country of many different nationalities and cultures living together for more than half a century. When the wars started and destroyed not only buildings, but human lives, families, hopes and dreams, the nationalism, xenophobia and hate towards others grew tremendously. Hate was spread everywhere: from political discussions to sport manifestations. It took over 20 years to reach the point where traveling will be possible again, communication as well as economic, cultural, educational and political cooperation in the end. However, the hate still exists as young people, who have never met their peers, hate each other, or at least have prejudices. When they meet, the story is different. Also, this is the only region that is so geographically connected but still far apart. Slovenia and Croatia are now EU countries, while others are still struggling with burdens of the past (such as war crimes or huge inter-ethnic intolerance) In a way, we want to make a point: it was easy to start the war, but it is difficult to bring peace.
To play the theatre performance in 5 different countries with same topics (5 plays in 11 days in total)
To tackle hate speech and violations of human rights and search for potential solutions together with local communities
To promote the idea of peace and conflict resolution around Balkans with 12 countries representatives participating in the performance
We are aiming at hiring the team for the whole duration of the programme – 2 training course, 1 virtual is real activity and 1 Train of Tolerance tour. Trainers and organizers should apply for the programme as a whole, if not possible, please take note that if applying for Activity 2 you should be able to be a trainer/organizer also for Activity 4.
Trainers` and organizers` profile (Priority will be given to those that most closely meet these criteria and to members of the YEU PET):
• Have knowledge and experience on topics covered by the training (for trainers);
• Have experience in organizing international youth events (for organizers);
• Have experience in working with young people coming from (post)conflict areas;
• Are willing to collaborate and work for the benefit of the project with respect of deadlines set by YEU
• Senior trainers need to be able and ready to mentor junior trainer
• Are proficient users of English language
• Members of YEU PET will have a priority
Responsibilities of the Trainers:
• To have regular online meetings with other trainers and the project coordinator in order to plan the trainings;
• To develop the latest version of the daily programme latest 2 weeks before the trainings;
• To develop the relevant session outlines latest 2 weeks before the trainings;
• To be present at the trainings and implement their tasks in a collective way;
• To have daily evaluation with the project coordinator during the training;
• To prepare a final report which needs to be submitted to the project coordinator latest 3 weeks after the training
• To finalize the publication and submit it to the project coordinator within agreed deadline
• Senior trainers need to provide support to junior trainer and work on them on development of their skills during the preparation and in the training providing them with relevant learning experience.
Responsibilities of the Organizer:
• communicate with YEU project coordinator on regular basis regarding details of the Programme
• communicate with partner organizations regarding selection of participants and their attendance
• follow closely and communicate with partner organizations regarding Activity 3 outcomes as well as survey between Activity 1 and 2
• take care of all logistical issues and work closely with YEU project coordinator on details
• take care of visibility of the events/Programme together with YEU project coordinator
• take care about travel documents of participants (originals and copies) including electronic form in the template provided by YEU
Fee for senior trainer is 110 EUR per day, gross amount. Fee for junior trainer is 30 EUR per day, gross amount. Fee for organizer is 80 EUR per day, gross amount. If selected, all the details including YEU Golden rules, junior support, deadlines, tasks and conditions will be stated in the contract between trainers/organizer and YEU. Travel costs within travel costs limits and visa costs (if any) are covered by YEU 100%.
In order to apply as senior/junior trainer or organizer, click here. Deadline for applying is December 5th 2014. Applicants will be informed about the results via YEU database.