- There are not any course requirements or prerequisites.
Phenomena such as racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and other forms of intolerance, have evolved and gained momentum in recent years leading to the emergence and rising of contemporary forms of radicalism and extremism that the European Union deals with on a daily basis. Various incidents across Europe indicate that many people are harassed, threatened or assaulted verbally of physically, or experience hatred daily because of their ethnicity, skin color, religion, gender and sexuality, physical and mental (dis)abilities or other characteristics. Moreover, public discourses, including online platforms and social media, are steeped in hate speech targeting ethnic, religious and other minorities. These crimes can affect anyone and can often result in low self-esteem, internalized oppression, disengagement from societal activities, attraction to violent extremist ideologies, health problems/depression, etc. Yet hate crime and hate speech incidents often remain invisible in official statistics and usually are under-reported and, as a result, they do not find their place in public consciousness. For this reason, a holistic approach to the prevention of hate crimes and hate speech is deemed necessary. According to the latest pan-European report on hate crime drafted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights in June 2018 (Hate crime recording and data collection practice across the EU), the increasing numbers of reported hate crimes make evident the need to combat bias motivations that result in hate crime and equip people with the skills and information to recognize and respond to signs of bias, prejudice and hate.
The project addresses these needs towards the prevention of hate crime and hate speech and aims to develop training materials for youth workers to deploy effective skills to challenge “hate-motivated violence” or “hate attitudes” among young people and to increase young people’s responsibility towards bystander intervention. Being an active bystander can mean physically intervening in a situation of calling out language that perpetuates a culture of hate. The project employs a rights-based approach towards the prevention of hate crime and hate speech. As it is crystallized in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, all individuals have an inherent right to human dignity, which is inviolable and must be protected and respected. Participation in project activities and engagement with project’s intellectual products could empower young people who face disadvantages and belong to marginalized communities to speak for themselves and feel proud for their identities and could additionally fortify youth workers to facilitate and deliver quality and innovative trainings that address hatred and promote respect for others and freedom of expression. A human rights-based approach places the focus on common values and respect of diversity, while it highlights the equal rights and standing of every individual, regardless of his or her religion, ethnic origin, gender or other factors (UNESCO/ UNICEF, A Human Rights-Based Approach to Education for All, 2007).
Who this course is for:
- Youth Workers interested in delivering training on the prevention of hate crime and hate speech and the combating of prejudice.s and biases that could result in hatred of particular communities.
- Young People, including young people who belong to certain marginalized communities, who are interested in participating in awareness raising and capacity building activities towards bystander intervention.
Merseyside Expanding Horizons is an Industrial and Provident Society that works with people who experience isolation and social exclusion in their communities. We support people to develop their confidence, skills and experience, empowering them to realise their potential through employment, enterprise and active citizenship.
We have extensive experience of supporting people with multiple barriers and complex needs. Our tailored interventions make positive and lasting changes to the lives of our service users enabling them to broaden their life choices and achieve their personal goals.
Developing creative solutions to engage with hard to reach groups is integral to our work. Increasingly, we are concerned the ‘one size fits all’ approach often fails to engage with and cater for the people at the margins of our community. Recognising the intricacies of people’s lives is of paramount importance to helping individuals shape the next stage in their personal story.
Our multi-skilled delivery team is drawn from a diverse background and includes careers advice, adult education, health and wellbeing, business start-up and the private sector and equality and diversity, and is underpinned by sound project and financial management. A delivery team that combines professional skills with lived experiences.