Using the terror attacks in Norway 22 July 2011 as a starting point, young people, teachers and other educators learn to stand up against discrimination, hate speech and extremism through tools and strategies based on education for democratic citizenship and human rights.
The programme received increased support in this year’s revised state budget and thanks to this and other sources of funding, activities are now being increased. This fall has been and continues to be filled with activities with new groups passing through the EWC offices on their way to Utøya almost every week.
The season started off with a training course for youth workers and youth leaders from all over Norway at the end of august. The training was organized by Stopp hatprat (No Hate Speech Movement Norway), Ungdom og fritid, Lyngdal kommune and The European Wergeland Centre (EWC). The aim of the training course was to provide tools for those who work closely with young people to prevent hate speech through human rights education.
Shortly afterwards, a group of aspiring trainers gathered at Utøya for a train the trainers course and in mid-September the first group of Norwegian teachers and students descended on the island for their Learnining Democracy at Utøya workshop. All in all, there will be four such gatherings this fall and another five in the spring. Registration for the spring workshops is now open through this link.
This week the European Wergeland Centre together with the Education Development Centre (Lithuania), the National Centre for Education (Latvia) and the Finnish National Agency for Education organizes a training for representatives of institutions, active in formal and non-formal education, from Nordic and Baltic States on “Dealing with controversy through education: a regional approach”. The training course is conducted in the frames of the NORDPLUS1 horizontal project.
Finally, EWC now also has a call out for a 3 day training for Norwegian teacher students at Utøya November 5-7, 2018. Participants will learn how to teach about the terror attacks of July 22, 2011 and democratic citizenship. Emphasis will be placed on how to teach about controversial issues.
More information about the training is available in Norwegian at http://nor.theewc.org/Content/Hjem/Nyheter/Kurssamling-for-fremtidige-laerere The application form is available here. Deadline for applications is October 10.