On 22.July 2011, 69 young people lost their lives and many more were wounded by a terrorist attack on a youth camp at Utøya in Norway. Utøya symbolizes how important it is to defend and shape democracy every day. This makes Utøya a special place for young people to reflect on what democracy means to them, what challenges our democracies face and how young people can promote democratic values and practices.
The programme is a part of establishing the learning center “Hegnhuset” at Utøya. It aims to empower youth in Europe, and those who work closely with youth, to create a safe environment where young people learn about 22 July 2011 and at the same time work together and discuss controversial issues connected to human rights, hate speech and extremism.